President Trump didn’t want Attorney General Jeff Sessions to recuse himself from the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election, anonymous sources told the New York Times. Duh.
In an “explosive” report, the NY Times claims Trump urged White House counsel Don McGahn to lobby Sessions to not step down from the Russia probe.
Sessions’ recusal caused the DOJ’s deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein (an Obama holdover) to appoint Robert Mueller as special counsel to lead the Russia investigation after Trump fired FBI director James Comey.
Sources said President Trump was furious that Jeff Sessions recused himself because it led to the murky Mueller probe.
This latest leak to the New York Times appears to be a sign that the media is pivoting away from the fruitless “collusion” narrative to obstruction of justice.
After a year-long probe, Mueller’s team still has not produced any evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia. That was the original mission of the investigation.
Robert Mueller and his team of FBI agents and attorneys have come under fire amid bombshell revelations of anti-Trump bias that experts say render them incapable of investigating the president impartially.
So far, Mueller’s “Russia investigation” has produced indictments for tax evasion/money-laundering against former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, and a guilty plea of “lying to the FBI” by former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn. Noticeably absent are any indictments for collusion.
Meanwhile, Harvard Law professor Alan Dershowitz — an outspoken liberal who voted for Hillary Clinton — said Mueller has no case for collusion or obstruction of justice against Trump so far.
While Democrats have shrieked that Trump obstructed justice by firing FBI director James Comey (another Obama holdover), Dershowitz — a constitutional law scholar — said the president had every right to fire him.
“If Congress were ever to charge him with obstruction of justice for exercising his constitutional authority under Article II, we’d have a constitutional crisis,” Dershowitz told Fox News. “There has never been a case in history where a president has been charged with obstruction of justice for merely exercising his constitutional authority.”
On January 3, Paul Manafort sued Robert Mueller, the Department of Justice and the DOJ’s deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein, claiming they overstepped their authority when they investigated his “decade-old business dealings” during Mueller’s probe of Russian meddling.
Manafort said by investigating activities that pre-dated his involvement with the Trump campaign, the Mueller probe has become “completely unmoored.”
The Manafort lawsuit alleges: “Mr. Mueller’s actions pursuant to the authority the Order granted him, were arbitrary, capricious, and not in accordance with the law.”
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