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Trump ordered White House Counsel Don McGahn to fire Bob Mueller last summer — here’s why he didn’t

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In a New York Times report Thursday, it was revealed President Donald Trump told White House counsel Don McGahn to fire Robert Mueller — but McGahn said he’d quit.

The order came last June and it marks the first time “Trump is known to have tried to fire the special counsel,” The Times said.

It’s unclear if Mueller knew about the incident during the time, but recent interviews from former senior White House officials alerted Mueller’s team of the incident. The investigation into Trump not only deals with potential collusion with Russia but whether the president obstructed justice when he fired former FBI director James Comey.

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CNN legal analysts Jeffrey Toobin said that it can’t be proof of obstruction of justice because Trump never fired Mueller.

The story is developing and we’ll fill you in as facts become available.


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Trump Jr. and McGahn didn’t testify before the Mueller grand jury — and a federal judge wants to know why

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During the Russia investigation, former special counsel Robert Mueller sought testimony from a long list of people. But according to a court filing on Sunday, two people who Mueller did not force to testify before a grand jury were Donald Trump Jr. and former White House Counsel Don McGahn. And U.S. District Judge Beryl Howell wants to know why.

The court filing on Sunday, according to The Week, was in response to a ruling Howell made on Thursday — when Howell asserted that the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) was withholding too much information from the House Judiciary Committee, chaired by Rep. Jerry Nadler of New York. The House Judiciary Committee, The Week’s Peter Weber reports, has been “wrangling” with DOJ over the evidence that Mueller obtained during his lengthy investigation.

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Internet rains hell on Trump for comparing his impeachment to a ‘lynching’: ‘How dare you’

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On Tuesday, President Donald Trump furiously took time Twitter, blasting the effort to impeach him over the Ukraine scandal as a "lynching" and threatening that a future Republican Congress will cook up charges against a Democratic president.

Trump's outburst did not impress many commenters on social media, who quickly dogpiled him in criticism and mockery:

You are seriously comparing your impeachment to hate crimes against African-Americans?

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Corrupt Ukraine oligarch has enlisted Trump allies to help with defense

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A Ukrainian oligarch fighting extradition to the U.S. has aligned his legal strategy to match President Donald Trump's, and even hired two attorneys associated with the president and Rudy Giuliani.

Dmytro Firtash is wanted in the United States on bribery and related charges, and he hired pro-Trump attorneys Joseph DiGenova and Victoria Toensing to help paint his prosecution as part of a global conspiracy involving Joe Biden, reported the Wall Street Journal.

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