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Trump Spoke to Witnesses About Matters They Discussed With Special Counsel
micHAEL S. SCHMIDT and MAGGIE HABERMAN ^ | 3/7/2018

Posted on 03/07/2018 5:01:37 PM PST by bitt

WASHINGTON — The special counsel in the Russia investigation has learned of two conversations in recent months in which President Trump asked key witnesses about matters they discussed with investigators, according to three people familiar with the encounters.

In one episode, the president told an aide that the White House counsel, Donald F. McGahn II, should issue a statement denying a New York Times article in January. The article said Mr. McGahn told investigators that the president once asked him to fire the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III. Mr. McGahn never released a statement and later had to remind the president that he had indeed asked Mr. McGahn to see that Mr. Mueller was dismissed, the people said.

In the other episode, Mr. Trump asked his former chief of staff, Reince Priebus, how his interview had gone with the special counsel’s investigators and whether they had been “nice,” according to two people familiar with the discussion.

The episodes demonstrate that even as the special counsel investigation appears to be intensifying, the president has ignored his lawyers’ advice to avoid doing anything publicly or privately that could create the appearance of interfering with it.

The White House did not respond to several requests for comment. Mr. Priebus and Mr. McGahn declined to comment through their lawyer, William A. Burck.

(Excerpt) Read more at nytimes.com ...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Extended News; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: djt; jamescomey; lisapage; muellerinvestigation; peterstrzok; robertmueller; russia; trumprussia; witnesses
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1 posted on 03/07/2018 5:01:37 PM PST by bitt
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To: ransomnote; Whenifhow; null and void; aragorn; EnigmaticAnomaly; kalee; Kale; 2ndDivisionVet; ...

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2 posted on 03/07/2018 5:02:04 PM PST by bitt (We dont need an electric chair, we need electric bleachers.)
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To: bitt

Anonymous sources. Again.


3 posted on 03/07/2018 5:04:40 PM PST by dirtboy
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To: bitt

Apparently, the President talks to people. Has such a thing ever happened before??


4 posted on 03/07/2018 5:05:20 PM PST by ClearCase_guy (The government cannot protect you and isn't even trying. Self-defense is a right.)
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To: bitt

/shrug


5 posted on 03/07/2018 5:05:55 PM PST by chris37 (Laws don’t prevent criminals from committing crimes. Guns prevent criminals from committing crimes.)
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To: bitt

why is the media persisting in publishing all this bs?

the investigation was supposed to be about Soroz/Obama/HilLIARy using illegal Islamic dictatorship (and Soroznazi) money to try to buy, rig the election....

and they came SO VERY CLOSE, too... DJT needs to shut down this Mueller farce .. and appoint an investigator that will do the job now


6 posted on 03/07/2018 5:06:02 PM PST by faithhopecharity ("Politicans aren't born, they're excreted." -Marcus Tillius Cicero (3 BCE))
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To: bitt

Good!!

He’s the executive and Mueller has orders to destroy him.

Ask away, Trump!


7 posted on 03/07/2018 5:06:19 PM PST by browniexyz
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To: bitt

You know what? I do not give a damn anymore about anything anyone says about Trump.
As Lincoln said of Grant “ I can’t spate this man. He fights.”


8 posted on 03/07/2018 5:08:47 PM PST by ZULU (Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts. - WC)
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To: bitt

They totally got him this time. No this time for sure. They’ll impeach him and Pence, Paul Ryan will abdicate to Hilliary, and America will be crappy again!


9 posted on 03/07/2018 5:09:41 PM PST by scottinoc
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To: bitt
Trump tore the mattress tag off his new California King Bed.

IMMMPPPPEEEAAACCHHH!!

10 posted on 03/07/2018 5:10:17 PM PST by Extremely Extreme Extremist (If the illegal immigration issue were Social Security, it'd be privatized by now.)
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To: bitt

*** NOTHING BURGER ***


11 posted on 03/07/2018 5:10:42 PM PST by EagleUSA
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To: dirtboy

anonymous AND so what? Is it illegal to talk to people?

if anything it would be illegal for the person to tell but it’s not illegal to ask. So these anonymous sources may have broken the law but not trump.

Of course they’ll spin this is obstruction of justice.


12 posted on 03/07/2018 5:12:41 PM PST by for-q-clinton
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To: bitt

Zzzzzzz


13 posted on 03/07/2018 5:13:03 PM PST by EdnaMode
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To: ClearCase_guy

[Apparently, the President talks to people. Has such a thing ever happened before??]

We believe it was engineered by the Russians.

To make Hillary look bad ‘n’ stuff, ya know.

There’s this drunken prostitute in a jail in Thailand......or somewhere.

And this girl, she heard about a guy, who lived across the street from someone, whose cousin overheard some guys in a laundromat talking about some woman who once heard a story about Donald Trump back in the 1970’s. We believe this is a credible lead and are taking it to CNN and MSNBC immediately.


14 posted on 03/07/2018 5:13:25 PM PST by SaveFerris (Luke 17:28 ... as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold ......)
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To: dirtboy

Maggie Haberman again... desperados.


15 posted on 03/07/2018 5:14:12 PM PST by Hotlanta Mike ("You can avoid reality, but you can't avoid the consequences of avoiding reality.")
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To: bitt

Holy crap. Did he talk to the witnesses in an airplane, on a tarmac at a predetermined meeting? THE HORROR OF IT!


16 posted on 03/07/2018 5:15:35 PM PST by Cats Pajamas
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Is there a gag order in place? I didn’t think so.


17 posted on 03/07/2018 5:15:49 PM PST by mass55th (Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway...John Wayne)
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To: bitt

He asked Priebus if investigators had been nice. A Constitutional crisis.


18 posted on 03/07/2018 5:15:52 PM PST by Sasparilla ( I'm Not Tired of Winning)
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To: bitt

Hey, anonymous sources saw Trump take two pieces of chocolate cake. That’s racist.


19 posted on 03/07/2018 5:16:43 PM PST by bgill (CDC site, "We don't know how people are infected with Ebola.")
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To: bitt

unintelligent and confusing article, like too many verbs and nouns. I really couldn’t follow the hypothetical allusions.

What crime was committed?


20 posted on 03/07/2018 5:18:00 PM PST by Fhios (Mr. Magoo, where are you?)
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