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House Judiciary Committee Releases Don McGahn’s Damning Testimony Against Donald Trump

The House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday released its transcript of former White House Counsel Don McGahn’s long-sought after testimony relating to former President Donald Trump’s attempts to obstruct then-Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into the relationship between Trump, his associates, and Russia.

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“Mr. McGahn provided the Committee with substantial new information—including firsthand accounts of President Trump’s increasingly out of control behavior, and insight into concerns that the former President’s conduct could expose both Trump and McGahn to criminal liability,” Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NY) said in a press release. “Mr. McGahn also confirmed that President Trump lied when he denied the accuracy of the Mueller report, and admitted that he was the source for a Washington Post report that confirmed Trump’s direction to McGahn to remove the Special Counsel.”

In a closed-door hearing last Friday, McGahn was asked by Chief Oversight Counsel Sarah Istel to recall what he remembered about Trump’s reaction to Mueller’s appointment. One of the more notable moments arrived when McGahn confirmed that Trump completely freaked out when he learned that Mueller was digging into his ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin and other individuals associated with the Kremlin:

Istel:

As reflected in what I just read, during that meeting, the President learned of the special counsel’s appointment. Can you tell us the President’s reaction to that appointment?

McGahn:

Well, I think the report goes on to describe it in some detail.

Istel:

I’m asking for your recollection of what the President’s reaction was at the time.

McGahn:

Well, again, you know, you’re asking about something 4 years ago, but what you’ve read in the report is accurate, and the next sentence is also what happened. Q What’s the next sentence you’re referring to, please?

Istel:

It says: According to notes written by Hunt, when Sessions told the President that a special counsel had been appointed, the President sunk back in his chair and said, “Oh my God. This is terrible. This is the end of my Presidency. I’m f*cked.”

McGahn:

Do you recall the President’s tone when he said that? A His tone? I don’t really recall his tone. Tone is subjective so tough to —

Istel:

Was he angry when he said that?

McGahn:

I don’t think at this point it would be considered anger. I think he — I think he felt like, from my perception, that this was bad news.

Istel:

What was your understanding as to why he felt “this is terrible, this is the end of my Presidency, I’m F’d,” in response to the special counsel’s appointment?

McGahn:

You’d have to ask him.

View the full transcript here.



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