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White House repeatedly asked McGahn to declare Trump didn’t obstruct investigation: report

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Former White House counsel Don McGahn rebuffed a request from the White House to deny that President Donald Trump obstructed justice. 

“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 that he seek Robert Mueller’s dismissal to be obstruction of justice, but Mr. McGahn rebuffed the request, according to people familiar with the matter,” a report from The Wall Street Journal explains.

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The report went on to explain that Trump had publicly rebuked McGahn, but was working privately behind the scenes to get McGahn to say he did not obstruct justice. In addition The White House requested that action from McGahn twice in the last month.

“Mr. Trump has publicly denied asking Mr. McGahn to fire the Russia probe special counsel since the release of the report. Mr. Mueller’s report detailed that request, and a subsequent request by Mr. Trump that Mr. McGahn denies that conversation ever happened, and said that Mr. McGahn rebuffed both,” the Journal reported.

Adding, “Privately, Mr. Trump asked White House special counsel Emmet Flood to inquire whether Mr. McGahn would release a statement asserting that he didn’t believe the president’s request.”

McGahn’s team did not view the request as a “threat.”

“We did not perceive it as any kind of threat or something sinister. It was a request, professionally and cordially made,” William Burck, a lawyer for Mr. McGahn, said in a statement.

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McGahn denied the request for multiple reasons.

“Mr. McGahn turned down the request because he didn’t want to weigh in on the totality of the evidence in the report beyond his own testimony, and didn’t want to comment on his own testimony in isolation,” the report concluded.

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#PresidentPelosi Trends After Sondland Testimony Implicates Pence in Trump Ukraine Scheme

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The hashtag #PresidentPelosi was trending Wednesday as Ambassador Gordon Sondland testified to the House Intelligence Committee in the impeachment hearings on President Donald Trump's Ukrainian schemes for assistance in the 2020 election and implicated Vice President Mike Pence in the effort.

If Trump and Pence are both removed from office over their involvement in the plot, the next in line for the presidency is House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).

"I'm fine with Pelosi serving as interim president until we hold an election," tweeted activist Bree Newsom. "Both Trump and Pence are implicated in this conspiracy to extort Ukraine."

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Trump claims not to ‘know’ Gordon Sondland very well — but the evidence suggests otherwise

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President Donald Trump attempted to distance himself Wednesday from his hand-selected European Union Ambassador Gordon Sondland. At the same time, Trump claimed that Sondland’s stunning testimony, which alleged that the president had ordered a “quid pro quo” with Ukraine, in fact, vindicated him.

“Was there a ‘quid pro quo’?” Sondland said in his testimony to the House Intelligence Committee Wednesday. "The answer is ‘yes.’”

Sondland further claimed that “everyone was in the loop” and all actions were “directed” by the president.

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The latest GOP defense of Trump crumbles in impeachment hearing

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It was a day of blockbuster day of testimony from E.U. Ambassador Gordon Sondland, in which Sondland — who once gave Donald Trump a million dollars for his inauguration — decided to save his own hide by ratting out not just Trump and his lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, but seemingly half the senior staff of the White House.

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