Trump Asked 2 People About Their Interviews With Mueller

Trump Asked 2 People About Their Interviews With Mueller

The conversations appear not to rise to the level of witness tampering or anything like that, but "witnesses and lawyers who learned about the conversations viewed them as potentially a problem and shared them with Mr. Mueller".

In January, the Times reported that Trump ordered Mueller to be fired a year ago, but was stopped after McGahn threatened to resign rather than carry out Trump's order. Legal experts tell the Times the conversations probably don't meet the definition of witness tampering, but the paper notes that Trump appears to be ignoring advice from his lawyers that he should avoid appearing to interfere with Mueller's investigation into Russia's tampering with the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

"Telling McGahn to lie to the public about [Trump's] order to fire Mueller is not a crime, but it shows that Trump was concerned about the truth coming out and/or that he had a guilty conscience", wrote former federal prosecutor Renato Mariotti.

Don McGahn, lawyer for Donald Trump and his campaign, leaves the Four Seasons Hotel after a meeting with Trump and Republican donors, June 9, 2016.in New York City.

The aide, who was none other than former White House staff secretary and alleged domestic abuser Rob Porter, was also reportedly told McGahn could lose his job if he refused to dispute the story.

McGahn is a critical witness in the Russian Federation investigation. The White House counsel has always walked a fine line in prioritizing the protection of the Oval Office over the person that occupies it.

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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.

A second source said the president simply asked Priebus how he was treated and whether investigators were "nice" to him.

Sources said President Trump spoke with Reince Priebus about his interview but that the conversation was "nothing" of substance.

At first, Trump's personal defense lawyers suggested providing written answers to a pre-determined set of questions, or submitting a signed affidavit saying Trump did nothing wrong.

In recent interviews, Mueller's team has asked witnesses about their interactions with Trump since the probe began.

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

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