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 George W. Bush administration ethics lawyer Richard Painter calls it like he sees it on Twitter.
Sessions had to recuse under government ethics rules and lawyers’ ethics rules. McGahn had no right to pressure him to violate these rules. This is obstruction of justice.
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— Richard W. Painter (@RWPUSA) January 5, 2018
It’s plain and simple obstruction of justice as far as he’s concerned.
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.