Though President Donald Trump and his allies are painting the recently-released redacted Mueller Report as a total exoneration of the President for conspiracy and obstruction of justice, the White House is still struggling to spin the more damning details listed in the report (which explicitly doesn’t exonerate the president on suspected obstruction).
The report reveals multiple accounts of White House staff ignoring the President’s more legally and ethically questionable orders. When asked about this by Kaitlan Collins of CNN, Trump said:
“No one disobeys my orders.”
Here’s video of Trump telling reporters, “Nobody disobeys my orders.” pic.twitter.com/wtOcKT6xDL
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) April 22, 2019
Despite Trump’s assertion, multiple people are listed in the report as having disobeyed orders from the President.
People were quick to name names.
Among them: former White House Counsel Don McGahn.
If White House Counsel Don McGahn had not disobeyed Trump's orders he would probably be in jail right now.
— Richard W. Painter (@RWPUSA) April 22, 2019
— Tom Mangelschots (@tommangelschots) April 22, 2019
— ☠️ The Night Ridah!!! ☠️ (@thenightridah) April 22, 2019
Trump ordered McGahn to fire Robert Mueller, which McGahn refused to do, threatening to resign. McGahn later told another White House staff member that the President was asking him to do “crazy s–t” for him.
Another name: Former Trump Campaign manager Corey Lewandowski.
My fav part of the Mueller report so far is in Volume II where Trump orders Corey Lewandowski, a PRIVATE CITIZEN, to meet with A.G. Jeff Sessions and tell him to fire Mueller, and if Sessions won't meet, Lewandowski is to fire Sessions. Can't make this shit up…
— Luke Johnston ☘️ (@LuukeJohnston) April 21, 2019
Despite Lewandowski not working for the White House, Trump asked his former campaign manager to persuade then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions to walk back his recusal. Lewandowski agreed to this before asking actual White House employee Rick Dearborn to deliver the message instead. According to the report, “Dearborn was uncomfortable with the task and did not follow through.”
These two are far from the only instances officials ignored or refused to carry out orders from the President.
Many gleefully pointed this out.
Sarah Huckabee Sanders
& Rick Gates https://t.co/zNNVyTFc7b
— Kimberly Turner (@heylovekat) April 22, 2019
These are just some of the people who disobeyed his orders:
– KT McFarland
– Don McGahn
– Jeff Sessions
– James Comey
– Reince Priebus
– Rick Dearborn
Hell, even Corey Lewandowski dragged his feet. https://t.co/F8gJJnC1U0
— Heath Mayo (@HeathMayo) April 22, 2019
Meet the people in Trump's orbit who the Mueller report says ignored Trump's orders: https://t.co/91Rpi1YP7I
— NPR (@NPR) April 19, 2019
Even Fox News, days earlier, pointed out those who didn’t comply with the President, albeit while missing the point.
Brian Kilmeade credits Don McGahn, Reince Priebus, and Corey Lewandowski for having "really saved [Trump's] presidency" by not following orders to force Jeff Sessions and Robert Mueller out. Kilmeade also suggests the only unusual thing about all this is that media reported it. pic.twitter.com/I81zhhwTEq
— Bobby Lewis (@revrrlewis) April 19, 2019
It’s likely that Trump will double down on this claim despite it being demonstrably false, but we’ll know more soon: the House Judiciary Committee just subpoenaed Don McGahn.