Former White House Counsel, Don McGahn, left his job in the Trump Administration in October of 2018. The lawyer had recently hinted to some Republican aides that his name would be back in the news soon.
That appears now to be true as McGahn is named in one of the highlights of Mueller’s Investigation. According to the report, Trump had demanded that his counsel fire Robert Mueller and McGahn refused.
Once McGahn refused, word leaked out to the press that the request had been made. Trump then allegedly ordered his lawyer to deny news stories that he ordered the firing.
Trump ordered McGahn to deny Trump tried to fire Mueller.
McGahn wouldn’t. pic.twitter.com/zkmu4J9fii
— Jennifer Jacobs (@JenniferJJacobs) April 18, 2019
The report reads:
“On January 26, 2018, the President’s personal counsel called McGahn’s attorney and said that the President wanted McGahn to put out a statement denying that he had been asked to fire the Special Counsel and that he had threatened to quit in protest. McGahn’s attorney spoke with McGahn about the request and then called the President’s personal counsel to relay that McGahn would not make a statement. McGahn’s attorney informed the President’s personal counsel that the Times story was accurate in reporting that the President wanted the special counsel removed.”
McGahn and Trump reportedly had a deteriorating relationship before the lawyer left his service. He had told the aides, “I spent the last couple of years getting yelled at. And you may soon read about some of the more spirited debates I had with the president.”
The handling of this request certainly seems like one of the issues that would create a debate.
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