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Mueller reveals Trump's Staff, Associates sometimes Ignored Him

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7Dnews London

Thu, 18 Apr 2019 23:02 GMT

United States Special Counsel Robert Mueller's 448-page report released on Thursday detailed more than just Oval Office arguments and Trump Tower meetings.

Also, it also revealed that Trump's staff and associates frequently ignored the president - disregarding his orders and hoping he just wouldn't ask again. 

Firing Muller

The decision to let go of Muller happened as Trump called White House Chief Counsel Don McGahn twice and told him to tell Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein that he should be removed. 

"Call Rod, tell Rod that Mueller has conflicts and can’t be the Special Counsel," McGahn recalled Trump telling him. 

But McGahn didn't do it. 

"To end the conversation with the President, McGahn left the President with the impression that McGahn would call Rosenstein," Mueller wrote in his report. "McGahn recalled that he had already said no to the President’s request and he was worn down, so he just wanted to get off the phone." 

Message to Sessions

More frequently than often, Trump attempted to use staff and associates to deliver messages. But frequently, his attempts to send messages via a third party were ignored. 

For instance, on June 19th 2017, Trump met in the Oval Office with his former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski. Trump told Lewandowski to deliver a message to then Attorney General Jeff Sessions that he wanted the Mueller investigation limited to just potential interference in future elections. 

Even though Lewandowski told Trump he would handle it, he asked White House official Rick Dearborn to deliver the message instead.

"(Dearborn) recalled later telling Lewandowski that he had handled the situation, but he did not actually follow through with delivering the message to Sessions," Mueller wrote.

In another similar incident, on February 14th 2017, Trump had lunch with then-New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, whereby during that lunch, the president asked Christie if he could deliver a message to then-FBI Director James Comey. 

Trump wanted Christie to tell Comey that the president "really like(s) him. Tell him he's part of the team," the governor later told Mueller. 

However, a month later, Trump fired Comey. 

"Christie had no intention of complying with the president’s request that he contact Comey," Mueller wrote. "He thought the president’s request was 'nonsensical' and Christie did not want to put Comey in the position of having to receive such a phone call. Christie thought it would have been uncomfortable to pass on that message."

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