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Trump suspected his White House counsel was spying on him — but he probably saved the president from obstruction charge

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President Donald Trump was deeply suspicious of his former White House counsel Don McGahn — who may have saved him from getting charged with obstructing justice.

The president badly wanted to obstruct the investigations into his campaign ties to Russia, according to McGahn’s testimony to special counsel Robert Mueller, but his White House counsel and others simply disregarded his corrupt orders, reported Axios.

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“Don had an unenviable job of trying to school the first outsider president in the legal ways of Washington,” a source close to McGahn told the website.

McGahn appears on 66 pages of Mueller’s 448-page report, and his testimony shows multiple instances where Trump asked him to make false or misleading statements or otherwise interfere with the special counsel investigation.

“When the President called McGahn a second time to follow up on the order to call the Department of Justice,” Mueller found, “McGahn recalled that the President was more direct, saying something like, ‘Call Rod, tell Rod that Mueller has conflicts and can’t be the Special Counsel.’ McGahn recalled the President telling him ‘Mueller has to go’ and ‘Call me back when you do it.'”

McGahn said he’d already told the president he would not do that, but he gave Trump the impression he would speak with deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein about Mueller in order to end the phone conversation.

The White House counsel decided he must resign rather than carry out Trump’s corrupt order, but then-chief of staff Reince Priebus and then-chief strategist Steve Bannon urged him to stay on — which he ultimately did.

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Trump, according to Mueller’s report, questioned why McGahn took notes during meetings, and a source told Axios the president even became suspicious the White House counsel might be wearing a wire late in his tenure.


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Trump stokes division in Republican Party as he rages at Sen. Lisa Murkowski

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As the Republican Party is struggling to defend him in a moment of nationwide strife, President Donald Trump decided Thursday night to fuel divisions within GOP rather than make nice.

He had already lashed out on Wednesday at his former Defense Secretary James Mattis, who sharply criticized Trump’s response to the ongoing George Floyd protests. But on Thursday night, Trump took at aim at sitting Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska.

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‘Outrageous and criminal behavior’: Internet blows up at graphic video of Buffalo Police pushing over an elderly man

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On Thursday, footage emerged of police in Buffalo, New York pushing an elderly man to the ground, and refusing to help him as he lay bleeding profusely from a head injury.

The footage triggered immediate outrage on social media.

Horrible. I pray he’s ok. https://t.co/wL2gcNeAIT

— Joe Walsh (@WalshFreedom) June 5, 2020

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WATCH: Protester bled from his ear after being shoved by police — cops say he ‘tripped’

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SHocking video from Buffalo, New York was posted online on Thursday after a large group of police confronted a lone protester -- and then violently shoved him.

"Shortly after Buffalo’s curfew started, city police and State Police swept through the area of Niagara Square directly in front of City Hall to clear the area where a protest was finishing. An unidentified, older man was hit shoved by two officers in the line. The man lost his balance and fell to the pavement, audibly hitting his head with blood running out from under his head," WBFO-TV reports.

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