BREAKING: Trump Caught Interfering With Witnesses In Mueller’s Investigation: report


In January, it was reported that White House Counsel Donald McGahn threatened to resign from his position in June 2017. According to CBS News:

‘Two sources directly involved in the deliberations tell CBS News chief White House correspondent Major Garrett that McGahn’s threat was not communicated directly to Mr. Trump, but adjudicated by senior staff, principally then-chief of staff Reince Priebus and then-chief strategist Steve Bannon. ‘

Additionally, CBS reported:

‘Garrett reports that while Mr. Trump talked about firing Mueller, he never issued a direct order to do so in any written form, though he did say he favored this action in the presence of senior staff.’

Now, on Wednesday, it has been reported that Special Counsel Robert Mueller has learned of two conversations where Mr. Trump recently asked key witnesses including McGahn about matters they discussed with investigators. According to The New York Times:

‘In one episode, the president told an aide that the White House counsel, Donald F. McGahn II should issue a statement denying a New York Times article in January. The article said Mr. McGahn told investigators that the president once asked him to fire the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III. Mr. McGahn never released a statement and later had to remind the president that he had indeed asked Mr. McGahn to see that Mr. Mueller was dismissed, the people said.’

Rob Porter, who resigned last month due to a domestic abuse scandal, reportedly told Mr. McGahn that Trump wanted him to release a statement, denying that Trump wanted Mueller to be fired and that McGahn threatened to resign over it. Porter told McGahn the president had suggested he might “get rid” of McGahn if he did not issue the statement.

McGahn never did publicly deny the article. According to The New York Times:

‘The president said he had never ordered Mr. McGahn to fire the special counsel. Mr. McGahn replied that the president was wrong and that he in fact asked Mr. McGahn in June to call the deputy attorney genera,l Rod J. Rosenstein, to tell him that the special counsel had a series of conflicts that disqualified him from overseeing the investigation and that he had to be dismissed. The president told Mr. McGahn that he did not remember the discussion that way.’

It was also reported that Trump had another conversation with witnesses involving former chief of staff Reince Priebus. Trump had asked Priebus whether the special counsel’s investigators had been “nice.” The Times reported that sources said that Mr. Trump had met with Priebus in the West Wing in December. According to The Times:

‘Mr. Trump brought up Mr. Priebus’s October interview with the special counsel’s office, the people said, and Mr. Priebus replied that the investigators were courteous and professional. He shared no specifics and did not say what he had told investigators, and the conversation moved on after a few minutes, those briefed on it said. Mr. Kelly was present for that conversation as well, and it was not clear whether he tried to stop the discussion.’

White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus arrives for an event where US President Donald Trump will present the Medal of Valor to the first responders of the June 14 shooting against members of the Republican Congressional Baseball team, where US House Majority Whip Representative Steve Scalise, Republican of Louisiana, was shot, in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC, July 27, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

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