We Now Know All the Trump Officials Who Refused to Follow Through on Donald Trump's Illegal Orders, and Yeah, It's a Lot
Much has been made of the instances Special Counsel Robert Mueller examined to determine whether President Donald Trump obstructed justice now that the redacted version of his comprehensive report has been released. That the president made many attempts to shut down the investigation is clear. That he failed, in large part because many in his orbit refused to comply with his orders, is even clearer.
“The President’s efforts to influence the investigation were mostly unsuccessful, but that is largely because the persons who surrounded the President declined to carry out orders or accede to his requests,” the report said.
We Now Know Which of Donald Trump's Tweets Robert Mueller Is Zeroing In On as Part of His Obstruction of Justice Probe
In a new report from The New York Times, three unnamed sources state Special Counsel Robert Mueller —in his duties assigned by the Department of Justice (DoJ)— began examining some of the Twitter posts of President Donald Trump. What are they looking for?
Evidence of obstruction of justice.
New York Times OpEd Lists All the Ways Donald Trump Has Obstructed Justice, and It's More Than Nixon
While impeaching President Donald Trump in a Republican controlled congress remains unlikely, New York Times op-ed columnist David Leonhardt states the pieces to assemble an Article of Impeachment for Obstruction of Justice exist. And he laid them them all out on Sunday.
Is serious consideration of impeachment fair? I think the answer is yes. The evidence is now quite strong that Donald Trump committed obstruction of justice."
"Many legal scholars believe a sitting president cannot be charged with a crime," Leonhardt stated. "So the proper remedy for a president credibly accused of obstructing justice is impeachment."
On Thursday, two days after Donald Trump fired FBI Director James Comey, the now acting head of the FBI, Andrew McCabe, testified in front of an open session of the Senate Intelligence Committee alongside other intelligence agency heads. In the previously scheduled hearing, the questioning focused largely on Comey's firing and in his testimony, McCabe repeatedly contradicted White House claims.
On Wednesday, in her effort to explain Comey's sudden firing, White House Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders asserted "the rank-and-file members within the FBI had lost confidence in the director." It was a claim that White House defenders from Kellyanne Conway to Paul Ryan would go on to repeat. But in his testimony on Thursday, McCabe directly contradicted this, saying, "Director Comey enjoyed broad support within the FBI and still does to this day." He added, "I can confidently tell you that the vast majority of FBI employees enjoyed a deep, positive connection to Director Comey."