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Like McGahn, Tillerson Said Trump Asked Him to do Illegal Things

The stories that Don McGahn told to the FBI quickly became one of the highlights of the Mueller Report. The tales were so revelatory, in fact, that the former Trump lawyer has been subpoenaed by the Judiciary Committee.

Rex Tillerson
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McGahn, however, was not the only figure who refused to perform questionable tasks requested by Donald Trump. Former Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, has admitted that the president sometimes asked him to do “illegal things.”

Tillerson actually made the comments in December of 2018, long before the Mueller Report was delivered to congress. He told the crowd at M.D. Anderson Hospital, “So often, the president would say here’s what I want to do and here’s how I want to do it and I would have to say to him: ‘Mr President, I understand what you want to do but you can’t do it that way. It violates the law.”

The former Secretary of State said that like McGahn, he often argued with Trump about these requests. He continued, “I’d say here’s what we can do. We can go back to Congress and get this law changed. And if that’s what you want to do, there’s nothing wrong with that. I told him I’m ready to go up there and fight the fight, if that’s what you want to do.”

Tillerson also made a point of criticizing the president’s use of Twitter. He remarked, “I will be honest with you, it troubles me that the American people seem to want to know so little about issues that they are satisfied with a 128 characters.”

The former Exxon Chief is worth an estimated $330 million. He has not taken another position since leaving the White House.



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