President Donald Trump said in a tweet Saturday that former White House Counsel Don McGahn had a “much better chance of being fired” than special counsel Robert Mueller.
McGahn was reportedly told by the president to have Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein fire Mueller over alleged conflicts, with McGahn refusing and saying that he would resign first, according to the Mueller report.
“I was NOT going to fire Bob Mueller, and did not fire Bob Mueller. In fact, he was allowed to finish his Report with unprecedented help from the Trump Administration. Actually, lawyer Don McGahn had a much better chance of being fired than Mueller. Never a big fan!”
McGahn was in the news again on Friday when it was reported that he declined two White House requests to publicly declare that Trump had not obstructed justice — an opinion that was said to have been shared with Mueller’s team that was not included in the final report.
Upon reviewing Mueller’s findings and consulting with Rosenstein, Attorney General William Barr determined there was not enough evidence to charge the president with obstruction.
And while McGahn refused the White House requests, his personal attorney, William Burck, was clear that they did see it as “something sinister.”
“We did not perceive it as any kind of threat or something sinister,” the lawyer told the New York Times. “It was a request, professionally and cordially made.”
The Trump administration asked McGahn last week to refuse to comply with a House Judiciary Committee subpoena, which he did. Rep. Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y. chairman of the committee, wants McGahn to turn over documents from his time as White House counsel.
The request being the result of the president growing weary of the Democratic Party’s relentless efforts to dig up dirt on him. Refusing to accept that the Mueller report did not recommend criminal charges against Trump for conspiring with the Russians to impact the 2016 election, the Democrat-controlled House has no less than five committees currently investigating the president.
In effect, after two years and more than $35 million spent, Democrats want to rehash the Mueller investigation.
Much like the party did with Barr, Nadler threatened last week to begin contempt proceedings against McGahn.
“Mr. McGahn is required to appear and provide testimony before the committee absent a court order authorizing noncompliance, as well as provide a privilege log for any documents withheld,” Nadler said. “Otherwise, the committee will have no choice but to resort to contempt proceedings to ensure that it has access to the information it requires to fulfill its constitutionally mandated duties.”
For what it’s worth, in commenting on McGahn’s successor last year, Trump said he liked the former White House counselor while denying the Mueller version of events.
“I am very excited about the person who will be taking the place of Don McGahn as White House Counsel! I liked Don, but he was NOT responsible for me not firing Bob Mueller or Jeff Sessions. So much Fake Reporting and Fake News!” Trump tweeted in August 2018.
In a pair of tweets last month, President Trump also denied he told McGahn to fire Mueller, saying he “could have done it myself” if he wanted him fired. The president noted that “Mueller was NOT fired and was respectfully allowed to finish his work.”
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