You might have obstructed justice IF: you ask your former attorney to publicly declare that you didn’t obstruct and he responds, “No can do.” https://t.co/db2Vi3HkuI
— Elie Honig (@eliehonig) May 10, 2019
Which, admittedly, not a high bar!
NBC, this afternoon:
The House Judiciary Committee has set May 21 as the date for former White House Counsel Don McGahn to testify, although McGahn has not yet confirmed his attendance.
The committee wants McGahn to address the report by special counsel Robert Mueller, in particular, the part of the report that says that President Trump asked McGahn to fire Mueller, a request McGahn refused to carry out. Mr. Trump has indicated that he will not allow McGahn to testify before Congress because he already spent about 30 hours speaking to Mueller’s investigators…
House Judiciary Chairman Rep. Jerrold Nadler also threatened Tuesday to hold McGahn in contempt if he didn’t respond to a congressional subpoena for Mueller’s documents.
CBS News also confirmed last week that the White House asked McGahn to publicly state after the release of the Mueller report that Mr. Trump had not obstructed justice. A source familiar with the matter told CBS News that White House lawyer Emmet Flood made the request, which McGahn did not comply with.
“We did not perceive it as any kind of threat or something sinister,” said McGahn’s attorney, William Burck. “It was a request, professionally and cordially made.”…
McGahn and Trump go way ‘back — here’s an early 2016 profile from the Washington Post reporter who broke the Aaron Schock story:
… McGahn is one of the top election lawyers in the country, a job so highly specialized that its practitioners are almost unavoidably “Washington insiders” by definition. He is credited as one of the people most responsible for loosening regulations on campaign spending, an enabler of the corporate electioneering against which Trump has defined his candidacy. His wife, Shannon McGahn, is staff director for the House Financial Services Committee, a role that makes her a magnet for the very lobbyists that Trump regularly pillories…
Terris goes on to report that McGahn’s uncle was Trump’s long-time fixer in Atlantic City; that McGahn had worked for Nixon’s old law firm, and spent ten years as counsel for National Republican Convention Committee; that he’s “reported to be a bit of an iconoclast.” And then, also…
… Shortly after McGahn started at Jones Day he picked up a new client: Aaron Schock, the congressman who was reeling from a scandal involving the misuse of federal funds and has since left office. To this day, according to FEC reports, Schock has still not paid Jones Day the nearly $750,000 he owes them. (Jones Day representatives also did not return calls.)
Getting stiffed by Schock put McGahn in a difficult position with his new law partners, said a Republican strategist who has worked with him. “He had this huge hole to fill. And when Trump came along, he was under a lot of pressure by management to fill that hole.”
So far, according to FEC reports, Trump has filled nearly $700,000 of that hole…
Apparently McGahn insisted Trump pay in advance. As I said: Smarter, at least, than the media-hungry has-beens and failed novelty toilet salesman otherwise prominent among the Trump legal team.
1. Phone records support McGahn's account of Trump calling him that day.
2. 3 witness confirmed McGahn's threat to resign, including Priebus and Bannon.
3. Christie confirmed that in the same time frame, Trump asked him about firing Mueller.
(Mueller report, vol. 2, pages 85-87) https://t.co/2fLJcOSTID
— Will Saletan (@saletan) May 12, 2019
Trump asked Don McGahn to fire Robert Mueller.
When that came out, he asked McGahn to lie.
When that came out too, he… asked McGahn to lie.
Trump hasn’t figured out that McGahn isn’t going to lie for him… because McGahn is the one leaking about him in the first place. https://t.co/Yarg3MRaHx
— The Hoarse Whisperer (@HoarseWisperer) May 10, 2019
Begins to sound that way, doesn’t it?
Keep in mind — McGahn also made sure that notes were kept. Receipts, he haz them!