Monday, 16 July, 2018

Trump Asked McGahn, Priebus About Interviews With Mueller

Trump Asked McGahn, Priebus About Interviews With Mueller Trump Asked McGahn, Priebus About Interviews With Mueller
Melinda Barton | 08 March, 2018, 16:33

Mueller is aware of both conversations. McGahn did not release a statement contradicting the story and reportedly had to remind Trump that he did, in fact, ask him to dismiss the special counsel.

"Legal experts said Mr. Trump's contact with the men most likely did not rise to the level of witness tampering".

Mueller's investigation arose in part from the findings of United States intelligence agencies that Russian Federation had meddled in the 2016 election and that its goals eventually included aiding Trump who won a surprise victory over Democrat Hillary Clinton.

The New York Times is out for blood. Mr. McGahn acknowledged that that was true but said that he had told senior White House officials at the time that he was going to quit.

In the meeting with McGahn - also confirmed to ABC News via a source with knowledge of the conversation - Trump encouraged the White House counsel to issue a statement denying a New York Times article in January that the president once asked him to fire special counsel Robert Mueller.

President Trump has apparently spoken with witnesses who have already spoken with Robert Mueller's office about what they discussed... and Mueller knows.

Meanwhile, Mariotti wrote on Wednesday, Trump's question to Priebus about whether investigators had been "nice" to him "could suggest that he's concerned about being interviewed in the investigation".

"We don't know exactly what McGahn said, but the mere fact that he put a stop to that letter is another piece of evidence that Mueller could use to say, 'Donald Trump was warned by the White House counsel that this was a problematic step and chose to do it anyway, '" Mariotti told Business Insider a year ago. 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. The President has not been questioned by Mueller; Trump's lawyers are negotiating terms of a possible interview.

The President said he had never ordered McGahn to fire the special counsel.

McGahn subsequently called then-Deputy Acting Attorney General Dana Boente and asked him to convince Comey to exonerate Trump, but the request fell on deaf ears, according to The Washington Post.

Mueller is investigating Russian meddling in the 2016 election and whether the Trump campaign colluded with the foreign power to aid in those efforts.