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What happened behind the scenes of Lester Holt interview where Trump admitted obstruction

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The nearly 400 pages of political insanity detailed in special counsel Robert Mueller’s report about President Donald Trump and the Russia investigation have become a mining operation for politicos.

One of the latest finds sifted out was what happened behind the scenes in the infamous Lester Holt interview where the president seemed to admit to obstruction of justice.

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“The next day, on May 11, 2017, the President participated in an interview with Lester Holt,” the Mueller report reads on page 285. “The President told White House Counsel’s Office attorneys in advance of the interview that the communications team could not get the story right, so he was going on Lester Holt to say what really happened.”

Axios reported Sunday after finding the tidbit of political gold while searching through the findings.

“I said to myself — I said, you know, this Russia thing with Trump and Russia is a made-up story,” Trump said to former FBI Director James Comey as he was firing him, according to the Holt interview.

The White House said that Comey was fired because he bungled the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails, but Trump dropped the bomb that it wasn’t true.

Trump asked deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to give him a report that gave a reason to fire Comey.

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“What I did is I was going to fire Comey, my decision,” Trump admitted during the interview Holt. “I was going to fire regardless of recommendation. He made a recommendation. He’s highly respected. Very good guy, very smart guy, the Democrats like him, the Republicans like him, he made a recommendation. But regardless of recommendation, I was going to fire Comey.”

Instead of putting the problem to rest, Mueller was appointed to look into the scandal. Trump’s response to the appointment was: “Oh my God. This is terrible. This is the end of my Presidency. I’m f*cked.”

The Holt interview gave prosecutors another reason to look into Trump, Axios explained.

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“He was full of righteous indignation,” the site cited one source on Trump. “He said something like, ‘Never forget, no one speaks for me but me. These people [Trump’s communications team] don’t know what they’re talking about. But I do, believe me.'”

Comey was floored this wasn’t enough to prosecute the president.

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“So the idea that a special counsel wouldn’t reach the question and hand it to the political leadership doesn’t make sense,” said Comey in an interview last week.


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‘We followed the president’s orders’: Sondland leaves no wiggle room for Trump’s direct involvement in Ukraine scandal

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European Union ambassador Gordon Sondland will leave no wiggle room for President Donald Trump to deny his direct involvement in the Ukraine scandal in his bombshell opening statement.

As reported by the Daily Beast, Sondland will testify that he followed President Donald Trump's orders to work with personal attorney Rudy Giuliani on dealing with Ukraine, despite the fact that he was personally reluctant to do so.

"Secretary Perry, Ambassador Volker and I worked with Mr. Rudy Giuliani on Ukraine matters at the express direction of the President of the United States," the statement says. "We did not want to work with Mr. Giuliani. Simply put, we played the hand we were dealt. We all understood that if we refused to work with Mr. Giuliani, we would lose an important opportunity to cement relations between the United States and Ukraine. So we followed the President’s orders."

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Sondland directly implicates Trump and Giuliani in ‘quid pro quo’ in bombshell opening statement

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European Union ambassador Gordon Sondland is directly implicating both President Donald Trump and attorney Rudy Giuliani in running a "quid pro quo" scheme to condition a face-to-face meeting between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on launching an investigation of former Vice President Joe Biden.

The Daily Beast has obtained excerpts of Sondland's opening statement that show the EU ambassador will make clear in his testimony on Wednesday that Giuliani wanted a quid pro quo with Ukraine -- and that he was pushing for it with Trump's encouragement.

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Elise Stefanik shredded by local columnist for selling out to Trump: ‘She’s not one of us’

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Elise Stefanik (R-NY) has been dubbed a "rising star" by President Donald Trump for her sycophantic defenses of him during the House impeachment inquiry.

But Ken Tingley, a newspaper columnist at the Glens Falls Post Star in upstate New York, believes that her strident defenses of the president will cost her dearly in her district.

In his latest column, Tingley offers a scathing assessment of Stefanik's character by pointing out that she swooped into the district despite not living there after a career that suggested she'd rather be running the Republican National Committee than representing New York's 21st district.

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