NYT: Donald Trump lobbied the White House lawyer to stop Jeff Sessions from recusing himself from Russian probe


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More evidence of Donald Trump potentially obstructing justice in the Russia investigation has emerged in another bombshell from the New York Times.

According to NYT reporter Michael Schmidt, Trump apparently ordered White House counsel Don McGahn to try to prevent attorney general Jeff Sessions from recusing himself from the Russia investigation. Sessions, who had meetings with Russian officials eventually recused himself in March while Trump blew his lid over McGahn’s inability to curtail Sessions’ decision.

Public pressure was building for Mr. Sessions, who had been a senior member of the Trump campaign, to step aside. But the White House counsel, Donald F. McGahn II, carried out the president’s orders and lobbied Mr. Sessions to remain in charge of the inquiry, according to two people with knowledge of the episode.

Mr. McGahn was unsuccessful, and the president erupted in anger in front of numerous White House officials, saying he needed his attorney general to protect him. Mr. Trump said he had expected his top law enforcement official to safeguard him the way he believed Robert F. Kennedy, as attorney general, had done for his brother John F. Kennedy and Eric H. Holder Jr. had for Barack Obama

But that wasn’t all that outlined in Schmidt’s piece here. The Times makes mention of Sessions’ aides asking congressional staff members whether or not they had “damaging information” on James Comey just four days prior to Trump firing the former FBI Director.

Additionally the Times report touches on the new book by Michael Wolff entitled “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House,” that’s causing the White House to shit themselves. Within that we’re once again presenting with a time last summer onboard Air Force One where Trump dictated a response to the a Times piece detailing the infamous meeting between senior Trump campaign officials and Russian’s promising “dirt” on Hillary Clinton. For that one of Trump’s spokespersons allegedly quit because of what they thought was obstruction of justice by the President.

So I guess you can add another piece to the obstruction puzzle here. Bob Mueller must be pretty overwhelmed with info.

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