The big takeaways from the New York Times story on Trump’s fury over the investigation.
President Donald Trump enlisted the White House counsel to try to stop Attorney General Jeff Sessions from recusing himself from the Russia investigation, according to a New York Times report that is likely to fuel questions as to whether the president attempted to obstruct justice in the probe.
Mike Schmidt of the Times describes the president’s fury over what he saw as the attorney general’s failure to shield him and recounts how Trump’s aides tried to keep the president from acting out as the FBI and Justice Department probe gained traction last year.
The report also offers new details surrounding the firing of FBI Director James Comey, which special counsel Robert Mueller is reportedly examining for possible obstruction of justice by the president. These new details will likely add even more fuel to that investigation.
Here are the key revelations from the report, which span a two-month period leading up to the appointment of special counsel Mueller:
- President Trump ordered White House counsel Don McGahn to convince Sessions not to recuse himself from the Russia investigation, after revelations in March that Sessions failed to disclose meetings with the Russian ambassador during the campaign. According to the Times, McGahn argued that Sessions didn’t have to step away until the investigation was farther along, and that his recusal wouldn’t prevent Democratic attacks. McGahn backed away from his request after Sessions resisted.
- Sessions’s recusal enraged the president, who believed his attorney general should have done more to protect him. Trump seemed convinced that former president Obama’s attorney general, Eric Holder, had shielded Obama — a conviction Trump related to Schmidt during an interview the Times published last month.
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