Trump denies telling White House counsel to fire Mueller from Russia probe

Jerry Nadler subpoenas former Trump lawyer Don McGahn
Hillary Clinton calls on Congress to hold hearings on Mueller findings
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30 April, 2019

Only 31 percent agreed with the president that the Mueller report exonerated him, while 53 percent said the report did not clear him of all charges.

Between January and March 2019 alone the Trump campaign spent almost $1.7 million on legal expenses - more than $1.2 million of which went to former White House Counsel Donald McGahn's firm, Jones Day, which has represented Trump and the Trump campaign since his first presidential campaign in 2015. If I wanted to fire Mueller, I didn't need McGahn to do it, I could have done it myself.

The report went on to say that two days after the initial request to McGahn, the president made another attempt to "affect the course of the Russian Federation investigation".

Yale University professor Bandy Lee, the lead author of the report, tells the "Huffington Post" that Trump ought to submit himself to an independent psychological evaluation to ensure he has the mental capacity to be president. Multiple people corroborated parts of this account. Not surprisingly, the biggest block of those who say they are more likely to oppose Trump for re-election is among Democrats.

At the time, then-Representative Graham was a member of the House Judiciary Committee, and subsequently served as a manager in the unsuccessful impeachment trial of President Bill Clinton. But two attorneys who have worked in Congress on legal issues involving power struggles between the executive and legislative branches said the President and his lawyers would have a hard time asserting executive privilege to block Mueller's testimony, especially if he is not planning on discussing the redacted components of the report.

McGahn, however, understood Trump as saying "Call Rod".

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In March 2017, Trump had asked then-White House counsel Don McGahn to ask now-former Attorney General Jeff Sessions not to recuse himself from the Russian Federation probe.

Attorney General Barr has made it clear in his written response to Mr. Mueller's report that, as the nation's chief law enforcement officer, he alone has the "ultimate responsibility for all criminal investigations conducted by the department".

Gerry Connolly, D-Va., a member of the House Oversight Committee, threatened to jail members of the Trump administration if they refused to testify before Congress.

Tiefer's comments came after the president on Wednesday declared that his administration is "fighting all the subpoenas" from Congress regarding its various investigations into him and his administration. Trump also had suggested to Sessions that he'd be a "hero" if he assumed control of Mueller's investigation in December, shortly after Flynn's guilty plea. Less than 3 in 10 of any partisan group says the report was not fair.

House Judiciary Committee chairman Jerrold Nadler is between a rock and a hard place on impeachment. It's one that would have kept me out of the investigation, ' Trump's lawyer said.

President Trump referenced what he cast as a dispute in a 2018 tweet, pointing to 'the fact that we had a very nasty & contentious business relationship'.


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