President Donald Trump’s repeated attempts to get former White House counsel to declare he didn’t obstruct justice were crimes of obstruction of justice themselves, a former prosecutor explained on MSNBC.
“We have breaking news this Friday night. It turns out that even the Mueller report itself didn’t stop Donald Trump from obstructing justice. He continued his efforts to cover up wrong-doing by pressuring aides to deny any intentional illegality,” Chris Matthews reported.
“In the explosive, breaking story tonight, The Wall Street Journal reports that within a day of the release of the Mueller report last month, President Trump sought to have former White House counsel Don McGahn declare he didn’t consider the president’s 2017 directive he seek Robert Mueller’s dismissal to be obstruction of justice. But he rebuffed that request,” Matthews said. “The New York Times reports on that story that White House officials asked at least twice in the past month for McGahn to say publicly he never believed the president obstructed justice ever.”
“Trump seems to be trying, trying, trying to exonerate himself,” Matthews noted. “He had to go keep going back to the scene of the crime and saying there was nothing wrong with what I did when I obstructed justice.”
“Which is crazy,” replied former federal prosecutor Glenn Kirschner.
Kirschner offered his summary of the sequence of events.
“McGahn, who is basically a witness to the obstruction in the first instance, when the president said I want the man investigating me and my family and my associates and my campaign fired,” he reminded.
“McGahn is like I’m not going to do that. So then he takes it one step further, then I want you to lie about the fact that I just asked to you do it,” he continued.
“Now he reaches out to McGahn again and said, ‘Hey, buddy, you can vouch for me?’ And of course, when he won’t vouch for him — as McGahn continues to be the principled person he is — he then lays into him again and said to everybody he has been lying along,” he explained.
“This is theater of the absurd — it’s theater of the obstruction,” he declared.
Special counsel Robert Mueller “set out the evidence that satisfies every element of the crime of obstruction of justice several times over. The only remaining question is what does Congress do about it?” Kirschner concluded.
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Rick Wilson, the author of the 2018 bestselling book Everything Trump Touches Dies: A Republican Strategist Gets Real About the Worst President Ever, blasted the commander-in-chief.
"Rick Wilson, your assessment of where the president stands as he heads off to the G7 summit?" O'Donnell asked.
"I think Donald Trump has had a week in which he is proving that this isn’t 87-dimensional chess game, this isn't some masterful strategy of communications or persuasion," Wilson replied. "This is an old man who is sick and who has problems and who has mental disconnects and who has aphasias and who has moments where he doesn’t remember who and where he is."
George Washington Bridge shut down for all traffic as Bomb Squad investigates suspicious device
Traffic in New York City slowed to gridlock on Friday after authorities shut down the world's busiest vehicular bridge.
"All traffic on the George Washington Bridge has been closed off due to reports of a suspicious device on the span linking New York and New Jersey," CBS New York reported Thursday.
"According to police sources, the Port Authority Police Department has called in the Bergen County Bomb Squad to help with their investigation," CBS added. "Sources tell CBS2 the NYPD has not been called in yet to assist with the possible threat."
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Maddow reported on Exhibit QQ in the latest filings, which is a letter from Ways and Means Chairman Richard Neal (D-MA) to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.
"On July 29, 2019, the Committee received an unsolicited communication from a Federal employee setting forth credible allegations of 'evidence of possible misconduct' -- specifically, potential 'inappropriate efforts to influence' the mandatory audit program," Exhibit QQ read.