Obstruction Case Against Trump Strengthens After He Asked Witnesses about Interviews

Obstruction Case Against Trump Strengthens After He Asked Witnesses about Interviews

Obstruction Case Against Trump Strengthens After He Asked Witnesses about Interviews

On at least two occasions, Donald Trump asked witnesses in the Russian Federation investigation what they said to special counsel Robert Mueller, the New York Times reports.

Don't let it numb you.

President Donald Trump leaves the President's Room of the Senate at the Capitol after he formally signed his cabinet nominations into law, in Washington, Jan. 20, 2017.

A headline like "Trump Spoke to Witnesses About Matters They Discussed With Special Counsel" can seem boring in comparison.

According to three people familiar with the conversations who spoke with the Times, Trump reportedly asked an aide to tell White House counsel Don McGahn to issue a statement refuting an article in the Times in January that said McGahn told Mueller investigators that Trump had once asked him to fire Mueller.

Central figures in investigations are nearly always advised by their lawyers to keep from speaking with witnesses and prosecutors to prevent accusations of witness tampering.

Just when you think you've caught up and digested the latest scandal news from the White House, along comes more evidence suggesting a significant effort to cover up actions, which if perfectly appropriate, should not require so many people to behave in such a shady fashion.

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President Trump questioned two key witnesses in the special counsel probe about discussions they had with investigators, ignoring his attorneys' advice to avoid conversations that could be considered obstruction of justice.

On Wednesday, Sanders told reporters that the arbitration was won "in the President's favor".

According to the report, Trump's conversation "most likely did not rise to the level of witnesses tampering", but were nonetheless brought to Mueller's attention.

Yes, that's all very complicated.

Separately, we also have evidence that yet another meeting with a Russian contact was set up during the transition - and later misrepresented to investigators.

In addition to Comey's firing, the special counsel is also looking into Trump's role in crafting an initially misleading statement his son, Donald Trump Jr., released a year ago in response to reports that he met with two Russian lobbyists offering dirt on Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton in June 2016, at the height of the election.

Russian Federation denies the allegations and Trump says there was no collusion between Moscow and his campaign.

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