Trump said Comey was let go because of “the Russian Federation thing”.
The number of voluntary interviews includes eight people from the White House counsel’s office.
According to Foreign Policy, Trump parroted Dowd’s advice to him to explain to aides why they needed to “fight back harder”.
In December, the Ethics Committee cleared Nunes in its investigation into whether he had disclosed classified information to the Trump White House, creating an avenue for the California Republican to return to the helm of the panel’s Russian Federation investigation.
The New York Times reported that Trump had ordered Mueller’s firing back in June but chose to back down after his own White House counsel threatened to resign in protest.
Moscow has denied the conclusions of United States intelligence agencies that it meddled in the election to help Trump. Despite that warning, and despite an Federal Bureau of Investigation interview days after Trump’s inauguration, Flynn was not forced to resign until February 13 _ the night of media reports about Yates’ conversation with McGahn.
Trump told reporters before leaving for Davos, Switzerland, Wednesday that he is “looking forward” to speaking with Mueller in the coming weeks and is willing to do it under oath.
It should also illuminate the troubling defense that Trump has pursued to this day: Instead of answering the allegations of Russian interference in the 2016 campaign that Mueller is investigating, he has attacked the investigation itself – and thereby exposed himself to additional charges of obstruction. Nixon then asked the Deputy Attorney General, William Ruckelshaus, who also refused and resigned. A June 18, 2017 New York Times story mentioned that Mueller had been a partner in the Washington law firm WilmerHale with Kushner’s attorney Jamie Gorelick. “I haven’t given it any thought”, Trump replied in August – two months after he reportedly ordered Mueller fired – to a question from a reporter as to whether he had considered firing the special counsel.
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And a spokesman for Senator John Cornyn of Texas, the No. 2 Republican in the Senate, said that Cornyn still believed that it would be a “mistake” to fire the special counsel.
“All right, well, the president says that’s fake news, it happened last June, it’s something we have to tell you about because it’s a headline on The New York Times”, she said.
“Since special counsel Mueller started his investigation there have been signs of smoke”.
Indeed, according to the Los Angeles Times, the Trump administration has turned over 20,000 pages of records to the special counsel and his campaign turned over 1.4 million records.
In the spirit of full transparency, and good reality show entertainment befitting our reality show star president, I think the Trump-Mueller meeting should shown on “The First 48” cable crime series, that sometimes follows Cleveland Police detectives as they interrogate crime suspects.
It appears that McGahn got his objection effectively across to Mr. Trump, if only by raising the cost of the dismissal. No legal technicalities or speculative “unitary executive” arguments can prevent Congress from collecting evidence and determining that the president has abused power and must be removed.