President Donald Trump famously demanded, “Where’s my Roy Cohn,” wishing for his infamous disbarred lawyer that did whatever it took to take care of Trump and his family.
Cohn makes a few appearances in the special counsel’s report, primarily about White House counsel Don McGahn, who Trump viewed as someone who wouldn’t fight for him the way his late lawyer would.
The president “expressed anger at Don McGahn and brought up Roy Cohn, stating that he wished that Cohn was his attorney, suggesting that Cohn would fight for the president whereas McGahan would not,” Robert Mueller’s report said.
According to MSNBC’s Kasie Hunt, after a series of decisions from Attorney General Bill Barr “from releasing his four-page summary to debriefing the Trump legal team ahead of the report’s release, to holding that highly scrutinized news conference on Thursday, many Democrats believe the president has finally found a lawyer who will fight for him.”
It’s now been revealed that Barr lied about what the Muller report concluded in his summary.
Former U.S. Attorney Joyce Vance called it “unfortunate” that an official attorney general has become nothing more than another Trump lackey.
“It’s painful to say that about a sitting Attorney general, frankly, and I think people have tried to bend over backward to give Bill Barr every possible explanation for his conduct,” she said. “But there is such a difference between his opening statement, his presentation of this report, and what’s actually in it that the only possible explanation is that it was his effort to give the president talking points and headlines to try to divert the American people from the truth.”
Washington Post reporter Phil Rucker recalled a moment cited in the Mueller report that transpired between McGahn and Trump where the president seemed horrified by the White House lawyer taking notes.
“Why are you taking notes? Lawyers don’t take notes. I had Roy Cohn who didn’t make notes?” Trump said.
McGahn replied that he was a “real” lawyer. Those note ultimately ended up in the Mueller report, much to Trump’s chagrin.
“As we read through the obstruction section of the Mueller report, Mueller has this legal framework for evaluating obstruction,” Vance noted. “You have to have an obstructive act. There has to be a nexus to a legal proceeding that you’re trying to obstruct, and then you to have this sort of wrongful intent, the intent to damage that investigation. And so he works through that very carefully.”
She explained that over and over the president is seen doing this same thing to those around him.
“The key point in the obstruction statutes is you don’t have to actually succeed in obstructing,” she explained. “All you have to do is make the attempt. And here we have the president doing that so this notion that the people around him kept him from committing obstruction is actually not correct. They didn’t. He did attempt to obstruct. Perhaps they kept him from being successful. But that’s the best that we can say for any of them. They knew what was going on. They didn’t bring it to light. They let it continue for a long time.”
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