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NYT reporter who broke Mueller firing story: McGahn is central to all major White House scandals

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Special counsel Robert Mueller (left, via White House archives) and White House counsel Don McGahn II (right, via screengrab).

After breaking a bombshell story about President Donald Trump attempting to fire special counsel Robert Mueller last June, the New York Times‘ Michael Schmidt told MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow that White House counsel Don McGahn is more central to Trump administration scandals than most Americans realize.

McGahn, who is featured prominently in Schmidt’s co-written report with the Times‘ Maggie Haberman, threatened to quit when Trump ordered him to fire Mueller — but as Schmidt noted, he was also involved in a number of other massive events on the special counsel’s collusion radar.

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“Don McGahn was involved in the Comey firing, Don McGahn was involved in lobbying Attorney General Jeff Sessions not to recuse himself from the Russia investigation,” Schmidt said. “He’s a central player in all these things and it’s a remarkable part of the story that gives us insight how the president tried to use lawyers in ways he was apparently sort of afraid to do himself.”

Maddow also noted that Schmidt broke another story involving McGahn earlier this month claiming that one of the White House attorney’s deputies deliberately misled Trump to steer him away from firing Comey.

Watch the interview below, via MSNBC.


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Lincoln Project whacks the president: ‘We end COVID when we end Trump’s presidency’

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President Donald Trump on Thursday held a campaign rally in Wisconsin with supporters "packed in like sardines."

At the rally, Trump ridiculed former Vice President Joe Biden for social distancing at campaign appearances with America's death toll over 200,000. Also on Thursday, Biden held a town hall meeting on CNN where he spoke in-depth about the challenges of a coronavirus vaccine.

The Lincoln Project, the group of former top GOP strategists working to defeat Trump, said that "only one candidate will protect your family from coronavirus" in a new video.

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Trump mocked for 95-minute ‘slurring’ campaign speech — before crowd ‘packed in like sardines’ in Wisconsin

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President Donald Trump gave a fear-filled and factually inaccurate campaign rally in Mosinee, Wisconsin on Thursday.

The rally, held in spite of the COVID-19 pandemic, featured a large crowd closely packed together.

Here's some of what people were saying about Trump's speech, which lasted approximately 95 minutes:

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Trump: A Biden presidency would mean ‘no guns, no religion, no energy, no oil’

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At President Donald Trump's rally on Thursday night in Mosinee, Wisconsin, he offered his supporters a dire — and baseless — warning about what a Joe Biden presidency would mean for America, and for their lives.

"Remember this in politics — it's always the thing that they say first. That's what they're going to do," said Trump. "No guns, no religion, no energy, no oil. Remember that, remember."

Contrary to Trump's claim, Biden has not called for eliminating any of those four things in his campaign, or indeed at any point of his career in politics.

Watch below:

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