The president cannot escape being held accountable for his many missteps since taking office, no matter how hard he tries to.
The investigation into the administration led by Special Counsel Robert Mueller has reportedly expanded to include not just allegations of direct collusion with Russia, but also into various aspects of the president’s overall conduct while in office.
According to the New York Times, Mueller’s office sent a request to the White House in recent weeks for more information about thirteen distinct areas of inquiry inside the Trump Administration. The items covered by Mueller’s request include the meeting that President Trump took with Russian officials in the Oval Office the day after firing FBI Director James Comey earlier this year.
During that meeting, the president is alleged to have described his decision to kick Comey out of D.C. as taking “great pressure” off of him. During that same meeting, he handed off information about confidential American intelligence sources to the Russians.
Also included in Mueller’s request for documents is Trump’s firing of his first National Security Adviser, retired Gen. Michael Flynn earlier this year. Trump seems to have delayed firing Flynn after finding out about his hidden connections to Russia until those connections were made public. Former acting Attorney General Sally Yates revealed that she had warned the Trump White House about Flynn’s Russia connections weeks before he was fired.
Also among the incidents that Mueller’s team has reportedly requested documents related to is the internal process behind the Trump Administration’s response to the revelation of Donald Trump Jr.’s secret meeting with a Kremlin-connected lawyer for the purposes of getting dirt from the Russian government on Hillary Clinton. The president is alleged to have directed his son to conceal the true purpose of that meeting, as the younger Trump did with his initial statements.
Members of the Trump team are reportedly working to comply with the office of the Special Counsel’s requests. The New York Times reports that since the initial request, “administration lawyers have been scouring White House emails and asking officials whether they have other documents or notes that may pertain to Mr. Mueller’s requests.”
Ty Cobb, who is serving on Trump’s legal team for the express purpose of facilitating document transfers, said that he “can’t comment on any specific requests being made or our conversations with the special counsel.”
Cobb will apparently be handing over many of the requested documents this week.
Connected to the array of specific areas of inquiry mentioned above, Special Counsel Robert Mueller is looking into allegations that Trump is guilty of obstruction of justice and not just possible direct collusion with Russia.
For what it’s worth, don’t forget that Bill Clinton was impeached under similar circumstances. He was under investigation for alleged real estate fraud when the special counsel in charge of that investigation ended up getting him for his lies related to his affair with Monica Lewinsky. Thus, it’s not as though Trump may not go down even if he’s not convicted of direct collusion with Russia.
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