In angry tweets posted Friday morning, a day after the release of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report on collusion/obstruction, President Donald Trump slammed the “total bullsh*t” statements (testimonials) that are outlined in the “Crazy Mueller Report,” as he referred to it.
“Statements are made about me by certain people in the Crazy Mueller Report, in itself written by 18 Angry Democrat Trump Haters, which are fabricated & totally untrue,” he wrote.
While he didn’t specify any specific “statements” or “people,” what he wrote next suggests he’d been referring to former White House counsel Don McGahn, who departed the administration late last year for reasons that remained unclear at the time.
“Watch out for people that take so-called ‘notes,’ when the notes never existed until needed,” he added.
“Because I never agreed to testify, it was not necessary for me to respond to statements made in the ‘Report’ about me, some of which are total bullsh*t & only given to make the other person look good (or me to look bad). This was an Illegally Started Hoax that never should have happened.”
Statements are made about me by certain people in the Crazy Mueller Report, in itself written by 18 Angry Democrat Trump Haters, which are fabricated & totally untrue. Watch out for people that take so-called “notes,” when the notes never existed until needed. Because I never….
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 19, 2019
…agreed to testify, it was not necessary for me to respond to statements made in the “Report” about me, some of which are total bullshit & only given to make the other person look good (or me to look bad). This was an Illegally Started Hoax that never should have happened, a…
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 19, 2019
Note how the second tweet ended with an ellipsis. This suggests more tweets may be incoming.
Dovetailing back to what the president wrote about notes, the Mueller report contains a description of a conversation that once allegedly occurred between him and McGahn.
“The President then asked, ‘What about these notes? Why do you take notes? Lawyers don’t take notes. I never had a lawyer who took notes,'” the description reads, according to Axios.
“McGahn responded that he keeps notes because he is a ‘real lawyer’ and explained that notes create a record and are not a bad thing. The President said, ‘I’ve had a lot of great lawyers, like Roy Cohn. He did not take notes.'”
Given this description, it’s clear that at least one of the “people” he’d been referencing in his tweets had in fact been McGahn. Regarding the “statements” McGahn made, he told the special counsel’s team that the president had ordered him to fire Mueller twice but that he’d refused both times. It was after the second request that the then-White House counsel chose to resign.
— RCNBP (@RCNPB) January 26, 2018
“When the President called McGahn a second time to follow up on the order to call the Department of Justice, McGahn recalled that the President was more direct, saying something like, ‘Call Rod, tell Rod that Mueller has conflicts and can’t be the Special Counsel,'” the report reads.
“McGahn recalled the President telling him ‘Mueller has to go’ and ‘Call me back when you do it.’ McGahn understood the President to be saying that the Special Counsel had to be removed by [Deputy Attorney General Rod] Rosenstein. To end the conversation with the President, McGahn left the President with the impression that McGahn would call Rosenstein.”
“McGahn recalled that he had already said no to the President’s request and he was worn down, so he just wanted to get off the phone. McGahn recalled feeling trapped because he did not plan to follow the President’s directive but did not know what he would say the next time the President called.”
He wound up resigning that very same day after reportedly telling his colleagues, including former Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, that the president had asked him to “do crazy shit.”
The president essentially claimed in his tweets Friday morning that all this is a fabrication — that he never asked McGahn so “do crazy shit” such as fire the special counsel.
Those who believe that the former White House counsel had told the truth to Mueller argue that McGahn may have single-handedly saved the president from being charged with obstruction of justice. Why? Because had Trump fired Mueller, it’d been much easier for the special counsel’s replacement, whoever that may have potentially been, to prove criminality.
Those who believe this have responded to the president’s tweets by arguing that he should be more grateful:
Do u ever grow weary of lying? U Should thank Don McGahn, man w/ decency, integrity 2 resign rather than follow through with your ugly orders. He saved U by not following your orders. So what if no criminality; millions of voters want POTUS 2 have moral compass & clean mouth.
— Jan Ripple (@Janripple) April 19, 2019
Mueller report: Lawyer says Trump asked him to ‘do crazy s—‘
So w/o WH counsel u fired, u would be out of office. As ur calling him a “rat” u should be grateful he stopped ur baser instincts. You don’t deserve this office. @realDonaldTrump https://t.co/LXpbeYZhSm
— Sue Bongiovi (@SueBongiovi) April 19, 2019
You’re in better shape than you coulda been had your staff carried out your orders to interfere.
They saved your neck by ignoring you!!
So be grateful to them!!!
— serenity now (@serenit71579431) April 19, 2019
— Nita Cosby (@5_2blue) April 19, 2019
First impressions from reading excerpts from the #MuellerReport – Don McGahn apparently saved Trump’s presidency, and said some funny stuff.
— Theo Evan (@TheoEvan1) April 19, 2019
— The Globe and Mail (@globeandmail) April 19, 2019
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