Explosive revelations from the New York Times add fuel to the obstruction of justice fire. The Times just reported that President Trump personally tried to stop Attorney General Jeff Sessions from recusing himself in the Russia investigation.
Former Obama administration ethics chief Walter Shaub took to Twitter to condemn the Trump administration for the findings.
This story infuriates me. I am outraged by McGahn undermining the rule of law in the country I love. While McGahn was demanding Sessions’ break the law, I was on the other line with DOJ demanding Sessions recuse. What I think of your attack on America, McGahn, isn’t fit to print. https://t.co/JgHgPKR0PA
— Walter Shaub (@waltshaub) January 5, 2018
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Shaub still held his position as White House Ethics Chief at the time of the purported meddling.
He’s all the more enraged knowing that his work in the justice department was actively undermined by Trump and McGahn.
The New York Times reported on this in an exclusive story based on interviews with sources inside the White House.
President Trump personally tried to prevent Attorney Jeff Sessions from recusing himself from the Russia investigation early last year. He ordered White House Counsel Don McGahn to talk Sessions out of it, but McGahn failed.
Trump fumed over Sessions recusal, according to various reports since it happened, and constantly harped on the fact that he needed his Attorney General to protect him.
Sessions’ stepping aside, opened the door for Rod Rosenstein to appoint Special Counsel Robert Mueller in his stead, starting a domino effect that’s still going on today.
The Times also reported that Trump planned to send a letter to former FBI Director James Comey that called the Russia investigation “fabricated and politically motivated,” but that his aides stopped him from doing it.
That seems to corroborate claims revealed in Michael Wolff’s bombshell book “Fire and Fury,” already a bestseller on Amazon ahead of its Friday publication date. Aides inside the Trump White House seem to think their boss is largely incompetent and incapable of making a single good decision.