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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.

“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.

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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.

“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.”

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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.

“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.'”

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

“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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Congress should ask Mueller these specific questions about Trump’s involvement with Russia: Conservative columnist

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Conservative Never-Trump columnist Jennifer Rubin outlined the essential questions that Democrats should ask special counsel Robert Mueller in an op-ed for the Washington Post.

"Rather than engage in the normal scattershot questioning punctuated by speechifying, the House Judiciary Committee should assign its able attorney Norman Eisen to conduct the questioning," proposed Rubin. "Members could then follow up with additional questions.'

One question she proposed asking: "Mr. Mueller, the attorney general said you did not find 'collusion.' However, you did not look for collusion. Please explain what you looked for and how that differs from [Attorney General William] Barr’s assertion that you essentially cleared President Trump of collusion?"

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‘Is Ireland one of those countries you want to invade’: Trump once ‘joked’ John Bolton wants ‘to nuke them all’

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Even President Donald Trump recognizes that John Bolton is a war-loving hawk, Axios reported Sunday.

In a conversation that included the Irish prime minister, Trump asked Bolton, "John, is Ireland one of those countries you want to invade?"

The scene was during the annual St. Patrick's Day visit. Typically it's a photo-op, a handshake, and men in green ties with a shamrock sprig in their jacket pocket. Trump managed to turn it into an awkward scene for everyone.

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Mueller probably won’t be giving new information — here’s why that can still sink Trump

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Former special counsel Robert Mueller will appear in Congress this week to testify for two hours about the report he authored on the case of Russian collusion.

The hearing is set for Wednesday, though Mueller has said that he won't have any additional information other than what is in his report. A Washington Post report used examples of past Mueller testimony to outline what can be anticipated. The reality, however, is that regardless of whether Mueller sticks to the report or not, he'll deliver enough to put the president in a difficult situation.

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