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The Washington Post claims President Trump made 12019 false or misleading claims over 928 days
"Beyond personal plays along. She also seems to know exactly. What's up with a wink and a nudge? Trump has been making the press and the public complicit in his lies since forever. Take the two thousand seven launch of trump vodka a great tasting and. I'm very proud of the fact. Actually that I don't drink but you see what he did there too great tasting dot com. And I'm very proud of the fact that I don't drink but it's a vodka that people really like it you know it's taken off. Like the only place. Trump vodka took off was Israel where it was marketed. As Kosher for Passover an investigation by the Jerusalem Post found some trump vodka was not kosher And when they joined the trump organization trump's children also learned to spin hyperbole and deception. We have many projects that are actually selling. I talked forty units in Panama Panama. We sold it a five hundred percent premium anything. The luxury market had ever experienced prior to our entry when it comes to the trump organization misrepresentations were frequent now. Trump is doing the same as president since January twentieth. Two Thousand Seventeen. We have been documenting every false. Or misleading statement made by President Trump. Glenn Kessler is editor of The Washington. Post fact checker. He spoke with trump INC producer Catherine Sullivan in August. And how many Arab to today as of today so as of August fifth the numbers. Twelve Thousand Nineteen Kessler says. The PACE has picked up dramatically from about five lines a day to around twenty from the family separation policy. President Obama separated the children to voter fraud. Which is extremely rare. Vote many times not just twice not just three times and they vote. It's like a circle. They come back. They put a new hat on. They come back. They put a new shirt on and in many cases. They don't even do that. He tells defensive I never told Don mcgann to fire muller no collusion. No obstruction was a complete and total. Exoneration Andy Fudges seemingly inconsequential stuff. My father's from Germany Both of my parents are from the E. U Fred trump was born in the bronx father's German right was German and Born in a very wonderful place in Germany I so I have a be used to be. One lie could badly hurt. President trump repeats his lies like it's dare just announced they're expanding or building sex. They're opening up seven other plans. Steel is opening up a minimum of eight plants. Steel building eight or nine
Judges struggle over Trump bid to block McGahn congressional testimony
"With an eye on impeachment judges in Washington are weighing disputes between house Democrats on the trump administration federal appellate judges are struggling with the decision on whether to grant house Democrats demands for testimony from former White House counsel don McGann arguments before two separate panels stretched over several hours Democrats are also seeking access to secret grand jury materials from the special counsel's investigation Democrats say the evidence could be relevant to president trump's impeachment judge Thomas Griffith who sat on both panels seemed open arguments the court should stay out of the scuffle between Congress and the White House over against testimony at least two of the judges appear troubled by the ministrations claim that began in other advisers have absolute immunity from a congressional
House lawyers leave door open to new articles of impeachment against President Trump
"Well the impeachment effort apparently isn't over in fact the houses thinking about filing more articles of impeachment against president trump attorneys for the democratic controlled house of representatives say the impeachment of president trump does not make a subpoena issued to White House counsel don McGann moot in a filing to a federal appeals court the house argues the Judiciary Committee still has an interesting hearing from again about events described in special counsel Robert Muller Russia report writing if against testimony produces new evidence the house could proceed to new articles of impeachment the justice department is asking an appeals court to dismiss the case arguing there's now no reason for judges to be involved in a political
House lawyer says President Trump could be impeached again
"Attorney for the house Judiciary Committee suggested Democrats made drafted new articles of impeachment against president trump if the new evidence comes to light the revelations come as part of court documents as part of the ongoing fight over the testimony of former White House counsel don McGann let's find out more now with ABC's Erin to Turkey up what additional charges are they looking out or are they even getting that specific so far now they're they're they're they're not looking at any additional charges this is really far and it comes with so many if but in a court document that was filed Monday as part of the ongoing fight over the testimony of former White House counsel done again a lawyer for the house of representatives suggested the Democrats may recommend new articles of impeachment if new evidence supporting the conclusion that president trump committed impeachable offenses comes to light the the the house committee said that again testimony remained urgent and maybe he has some additional evidence of the president's alleged struck obstruction of justice how long can they keep keep the investigation just open ended yeah I mean definitely not really open it that's the thing has nothing to do with the impeachment inquiry that out just went through nothing this is about done again the former White House counsel in testimony the house Judiciary Committee has sought since some other dates and I think that the lawyers tying the two together and saying okay if he testifies we find some things well then you know we'd go weekly you know perhaps you know taken a look at another article of impeachment but one is wholly separate from the other end and so I don't want to confuse everything this is a big series of if the court hello I'm again to testify if he says something that you could give up with critical conduct if the Judiciary Committee decides to pick it up at if they somehow get another article of impeachment I mean it sounds almost yeah I like I said it sounds really
House says it needs Don McGahn's testimony for Senate trial and because Trump could face more articles of impeachment
"Tonight House Democrats saying they're open to impeaching president president trump again. The House counsel pushing for testimony from former White House Attorney Don mcgann in federal court in federal court filing today arguing. His testimony is critical article as it could lead to new new articles of impeachment. This comes as the justice. Department is arguing. The court should stay out of the fight as impeachment is already going on Shimon Peres out front with with with much more on this first. All folks are going to a second impeachment. Are you serious but what is this all about. It's really about precedent for Congress. This is all about being able to get information formation that they believe they are entitled to and in fact some federal judges and this is why this is now in the appeals process have cited with Congress Saying saying that the president is not immune from the scrutiny. That members of Congress have put him now that he's under now because of the investigations In Congress so there are two things going on here and the first thing is is that the judiciary committee which has been looking into the entire Russian investigation the also the obstruction of justice. The extension of the Muller Investigation. They still want the Don mcgann testimony and they still Don mcgann to come in and testify. Obviously for Don mcgann He doesn't they WANNA do that. He's waiting to hear how the courts ultimately decide. But what makes him so important. He was one of the most prominent witnesses in the entire Muller investigation certainly certainly as a related to the obstruction issue. He spent thirty hours with Muller. There's a lot of information that you think that he can provide the other thing is that they want this information because they they say that it could help them in their process certainly in their impeachment because of the they say this shows that the president his past in previous interaction certainly when it comes to influence from foreign countries and also the obstruction issue. And so they're saying they need this information to all now. Obviously in the Appeals Court We'll see they do say as you point out that. Listen if there's information that they can get Regarding began that they can use That could potentially can lead to more Articles of impeachment. They would do that politically. I don't know if that's going to happen. But certainly the lawyers for the for. Congress are suggesting that that that could possibly happen to see you. Thank you so much all right. Everyone's back with me Corey. You've got I mean I don't know Carr Heads GonNa idea idea like more articles of impeachment coming forward but before that happens. What do you think of this that? The House has the need mcgann's testimony because it could lead the new information that could lead to more articles of impeachment. I really look. I think we absolutely need another article of impeachment on obstruction of justice. Mr Muller outlined ten instances the report of obstruction of justice. And the only reason why he didn't file criminal charges against the president is because they're a department of Justice memos that say were wrongly in my opinion that you can't indict diet sitting president but Hamilton and others who supported that idea of immunity. It was a controversial idea. Even at the founding people disagreed with it his point was that the reason for the immunity eighty is that impeachment has to come first that it's a constitutional obligation to remove criminal president so that he or she then can be tried after removed from office and the assumption was of course. That
House Dems raise prospect of new impeachment articles, in court battle over McGahn testimony
"We're back now with the politics. Lead House Democrats insisting they still need the testimony of former White House counsel Don mcgann because their investigation into whether president trump obstructed justice continues and could in theory lead to additional articles of impeachment that is in response to a filing overnight from the Justice Department which argues the courts should avoid weighing in mcgann while an impeachment. Trial is pending. WanNa bring a CNN senior. Justice correspondent Evan Evan. DOJ also saying that since hence the articles of impeachment do not include obstruction of justice. which they want to hear from Don mcgann about his testimony is irrelevant at this point? Does right Erica in the articles of impeachment. There's only one cursory Sort of reference to the mother investigation. And and that's one reason why the Justice Department says that the courts first of all should stay out of. It's been their argument for for some months. Now that the that the court should play no role in a fight that is between Congress and the White House but The heart of this says the importance of all of this big question which is can. The president give absolute immunity to his close aides. That's what the president is arguing that these people don't even have to show up to To in response to a subpoena from from Congress in this case Don mcgann who as you know it was a was the former White House counsel and was unimportant Horton witness in the obstruction of justice. Part of the Muller investigation well and the houses also arguing that it needs muller grand jury secrets to show in the Senate impeachment impeachment trial President Trump's pattern of soliciting interference and obstruction right. Exactly that's the one reference that they make in the articles of impeachment that have already been approved proved but the question here is you know what does this matter for for any other parts of the of what the what the House Democrats are doing. And I think what the courts are struggling ogling with And you know certainly what the administration is trying to exploit here is the fact that the Democrats have have already voted for these articles of impeachment. And the answer is from the House. Democrats is we can always impeach him again. Essentially we can add more articles of impeachment In addition to the ones that have already been approved. Be Interesting to see how that would would work. Evan Perez appreciate it as always. Thank you C. N. N. legal analyst Joe Jackson back with me now. So let's start with what we heard from the Justice Department. These arguments again filed overnight tonight to those arguments. Water depends who you ask the panther you sitting next to write from a department of Justice Loy. Eric I'm going to say absolutely they do. They carry the day but let's just try to evaluate it objectively. I think the core clearly has a place here. Why you can't on the one hand argue that you know what mcgann is absolutely immune? He's not going to go to Congress because I say so. If you don't like that go to the court okay. So then we go to the court and then you get a district court ruling that says that presidents we elect them. We don't elect kings or anything else. He has to testify. But if there are specific issues that you feel a privilege that you feel fall into illegal exception he could cite that at the time of his testimony and and then of course now you say well no. It's going to impede upon what we're doing here. I don't think it's a credible argument. Look as long as we get paid to make arguments we get paid to support clients and what they want us have as do as long as those arguments we call frivolous meaning. They have no merit but I think at the end of the day. It's really not a legitimate argument to make that the court has no place. It may impede upon the impeachment proceedings and therefore hold off. Hold the phone. Don't do it. I just think that Da. No I do I mean what. What else is it's it's it's been complete stall? We know that Congress has a responsibility and that responsibility includes getting information from the executive so to your point in terms of Congress has a responsibility the the house we just heard is saying. Listen part of the reason that we need to hear from Don mcgann is that we are not done investigating and there could be more articles have been preserved very well may yeah I mean it's premature right. I think they have to get through this. There's been an impeachment. We'll see what happens now. The Senate trial in terms of whether there's actually more evidence and information and facts and will all those facts. Erica actually matter but sure I mean look if you do something that's impeachable. The House has a role to ferret out what that is and to the extent that mcgann has critical information that that he has not conveyed because he's being held and not to testify. I think the court should make a ruling. They should proceed. You think they should make a ruling just quickly do you think mcgann again and other important. Witnesses could be compelled to testify. I I don't see it. I mean I think they should be but at the rate this is going. Are you talking about the Senate trial for purposes of the Senate trial. Well I think that's completely in the arm of one Mitch. McConnell the Senate majority leader. I think he'll call the shots
House Democrats Announce Articles of Impeachment
"The House Democrats announced two articles of impeachment against President trump including abuse of power. Judiciary Committee Chair jerrold Nadler made the announcement is an impeachable offense for the president. Is it into exercise the powers of his public office to obtain an improper personal benefit while ignoring or in injuring during the national interest. That is exactly what President Trump did when he solicited and pressured Ukraine to interfere in our two thousand twenty presidential election thus damaging our national security undermining the integrity of the next election and violating his oath to the American people the second article relates to obstruction of Congress. Democrats alleged president trump prevented at least nine officials goals from testifying and blocked the federal government from sharing documents with lawmakers joining me. Now Is Wall Street Journal reporter Chaban Hughes Chevron what can you tell us about. Democrats strategy in narrowing down to two articles of impeachment against the President and Democrats had a couple of big goals. They wanted to keep their caucus together and they wanted to present a case to the American people that was clear and muddled both of those goals. Help explain why. Democrats limited their articles of impeachment only to focus on obstruction of congress and abuse of power. For what was left out was a charge of obstruction of justice and what's significant about that is obstruction of justice. Is the charge that would have covered did donald trump's actions as detailed and special counsel Robert Muller's report and that report. Mr Muller painted a picture of a president who obstructed justice on at least five occasions according to an analysis by Democrats and others that includes trying to get then White House is counsel Don mcgann to force Robert Mueller out of office to basically take him off of the probe and then in other cases to try to get Mr Muller to narrow his probe that focused only on future meddling and what happened in twenty sixteen for a lot of Democrats especially the thirty one democrats in the district's but Donald Trump won. That would have been a bridge too far it would have been a stretch. Some of those Democrats had said the only reason they were willing to vote for articles. Live impeachment this time with because of the Ukraine probe. Not because of anything that had happened before. And then and that's he Pelosi wanted to keep her caucus together. I'm glad you mentioned that. Because of course this impeachment inquiry is proceeding against the backdrop of heading into the two thousand twenty elections. And I'm curious how much that plays into to the calculus here in terms of which articles to seek and how for Democrats are willing to go here. Democrats have publicly stated that their their motivations are not at all political that they're acting out of a desire to really stand up for the constitution. But it's pretty clear that electoral L. Politics are certainly in the backdrop and that it does help. Democrats limit their risk by focusing only on two articles of impeachment. uh-huh it inoculate them from charges. That Democrats are broadly negative against Mr Trump and are willing to throw an entire book. Look at him without thoughtfulness consideration. Chaban as we look forward to potentially seeing this on the House floor. How might those electoral politics play out out there? Well in a couple of ways most prominently. The politics will play out in terms of the number of votes that has democrats amass. Nancy Pelosi has a reputation for never bringing something to the floor. That won't pass. She said unless you're passing legislation or resolutions. All you're doing is having a conversation but there is still the risk that some of those thirty one democrats could break with her. So what we are watching for are the numbers of Democrats who ended up defecting and then both parties have been saying that the Senate is unlikely to impeach the president we would need a two-thirds majority they're exactly and Republicans have fifty three votes in the Senate compared with forty seven for Democrats. So what this means is a full twenty. Twenty Republicans would have to side with Democrats and vote to convict the president which is why that seems unlikely. Now Democratic senator. Chris Murphy gave a very very interesting interview last week in which he said he thought as many as five Republicans might side with Democrats and vote in favor of conviction so that would show a party. Hardy rift that would be significant but clearly a far cry from the numbers needed for a conviction. If President Trump Wall Street Journal reporter show Von Hughes keeping keeping us up to date on all the impeachment proceedings
'Presidents are not kings': Federal judge says former White House counsel Don McGahn must speak to House
"Are not kings no one not even the head of the executive branch is above the law all of a judgment from a judge ruling in Washington they could have an impact on the impeachment process against Donald Trump it says the former White House counsel dome again must testify to congressional investigators despite orders from the trump administration that he should not that's related to the now closed inquire into Russian interference in the twenty sixteen US elections on North America correspondent David Willis says that that ruling has potentially serious implications for the trump administration now up to now the white house's insisted to that members form I'm president of the trump administration what immune from giving evidence to Congress for now a federal judge has decided otherwise saying in her ruling that the president is not above the law or not therefore able to come moms are people on his staff not to give evidence to Congress this is significant for a number of reasons not least because it could heighten a Democrat Dimond's for people who Fussball been reluctant to give evidence to the impeachment inquiry to come forward Mick Mulvaney the White House chief of staff the secular state Mike Pompeii of possibly among them and it could perhaps lead to more junior White House aides and StarOffice Bob's decided to come forward and testify of their own volition but also it could bolster any case that house Democrats were thinking of bringing against president trump in his administration in regards to obstruction all of the Congress don McGann it is somebody who serve for nearly two years in the trump administration and there's a great deal about it he told Robert Louis inquiry into Russian meddling in the twenty sixteen presidential election that he was told by president trump on several occasions to get rid of Mr Miller and when that story leaked out he was also commanded to hold a press conference and deny that it ever happened and this again a decline to do both all of those things but clearly he has a lot to say to Congress if you get the chance to do so given that the White House is now appealing this federal judge's ruling
US judge rules Trump officials can be compelled to testify
"In a ruling that could have implications for the impeachment inquiry against president trump a federal judge in Washington has said that White House staff can be compelled to testify before Congress the judge's ruling in a case involving the former White House counsel don McGann he refused to testify in an investigation into Russian interference in the twenty sixteen U. S. elections the ruling is likely to be appealed David Willis ripples the White House had argued that current and former senior officials had immunity and therefore could not be compelled to testify before Congress but a federal judge in Washington DC has decided otherwise former White House counsel don't my gun gave Lynsey evidence to the special counsel Robert Mulder's investigation into allegations of collusion between the trump campaign and Russia and Democrats had wanted to question him about the possibility of obstruction of justice on the president's part before the current impeachment inquiry into Mr trump's dealings with Ukraine got under way
Impeachment updates: Democrats prepping report for Judiciary
"News former White House counsel don McGann ordered by a federal judge to appear before Congress in the impeachment inquiry lawsuit filed by the house Judiciary Committee as the next step in the inquiry are lining up house intelligence committee chairman Democrat Adam Schiff says the panel is now preparing a report summarizing evidence it is found in an impeachment inquiry it will transmit that report to the Judiciary Committee soon after Congress returns from a thanksgiving recess the Judiciary Committee is responsible for drafting articles of impeachment or taking other action ships's investigators have uncovered a months long effort in which president trump's top foreign interference in elections by conditioning a White House visit in military assistance on Ukraine announcing politically motivated investigation bosses Jared helper on Capitol Hill in a statement after that again ruling came down chairmanship road in part the ruling is very significant victory for congressional oversight and for the American
Federal judge: McGahn must comply with House subpoena
"Judge cantante brown Jackson has ordered former White House counsel don McGann to comply with the subpoena and appear before the house Judiciary Committee began was a star witness and special counsel Robert Muller is investigation into Russian interference in the two thousand sixteen presidential election the judiciary committee's lawsuit challenges the White House rationale that McGann and other witnesses have absolute immunity from testifying the outcome could lead to renewed efforts by house Democrats to compel testimony in the impeachment inquiry from other high ranking administration officials including former national security adviser John Bolton and appeal of the judge's ruling is expected Ben Thomas Washington
White House, Don Mcgann And Special Counsel discussed on Noon Report with Rick Van Cise
"And a federal judge says house Democrats cannot link cases involving former White House counsel don McGann and former special counsel Robert Muller dems wanted both cases to be heard by one
Rep. Jerry Nadler talks next steps of "holding Trump accountable"
"On the house Judiciary Committee after laying out their next steps in the Russia probe into president trump say this did not end with Robert Muller this week in fact chairman Nadler says the mullah report was fuel to dig deeper he told us to Donald Trump obstructed justice and abuses office by tampering with witnesses attempting to block the investigation in attempting to fire the special counsel at a news conference Nadler said his panel in effect has already been conducting an impeachment inquiry of the president the house is seeking Mahler's grand jury secrets now and with that part of the story from the White House here's CBS the Stephen Portnoy it's the movies threaten to make for nearly four months house judiciary chairman Jerry Nadler says Alaska federal judge for access to the secret grand jury material Robert Miller gathered that would include testimony from witnesses such as former White House counsel don McGann Nadler says a loss so ask a judge to enforce a subpoena from again to have him answer lawmakers questions about the president's desire to fire the special counsel the president calls all of this which Han and a hoax Republican senator Lindsey Graham on fox news last night said the hatred for trump knows no boundaries and the haters used
Former Federal Prosecutor on Mueller Testimony
"Is the day after now we have the benefit of following up on the testimony of Robert Muller yesterday in the two house committees the judiciary in the intelligence committees immediately afterwards but now people have had a little bit of time to ruminate about what they heard what went on what it all meant and we have a couple of people who will be joining us this afternoon the first one I am delighted to say is Laurie Levenson Laurie Levenson is a professor of law at Loyola law school and she's also a former federal prosecutor and she joins us right now Hey Lori welcome to KGO thank you so much I'm so pleased to be with you I am pleased to have you as well I I don't know why but I didn't realize that you were a former federal prosecutor and I just think that gives you a different kind of look at what went on yesterday than those of us who are lay people especially those of us who aren't even lawyers so from the get go let's start it it out easy what did you think what was your overall impression of his testimony you know you're right I see things a little differently I think lot of people when they tuned in wanted to see the show and I was more interested in the information that we got so I so what mother many other peoples you know Bob Miller is not a great witness most lawyers are not that's not a comfortable role for him but that's not what mattered I think what was important was in the first session they were identifying four to five instances of obstruction and laying out what they believe the president and all these men did in that regard and the Republicans were using it for a totally different type of hearing they wanted this hearing to be held at the mall or investigation get started so was much more of a political show than it was but as we would say a legal proceeding I saw the hearing though before Adam ships committee a little differently for small Adam is a former federal prosecutor I had the pleasure working with him and his family just like that you know he sat out the theme that this is about this loyalty to the country and line and greed and I thought the questioning was much crisper at that point and I think Miller was giving up a little bit more than he had in the morning yeah in the morning it seemed as if a specially at the outset his questions were so limited and there were only certain areas that tended to animate him so a lot of the criticism that we heard immediately following and even into today and if you're reading newspaper articles today and especially if you tune into fox which I really try not to do that a lot of the criticism really does have to do with the performance of Robert Muller and not with the content the context of the information that was being presented what a lot of people say is that it didn't make any difference to the viewing public that most people had already taken a side on this and that based on Muller's testimony nobody is going to change their opinions you agree well I think that there is sort of this entrenchment in politics and along the parties we certainly saw that among the you know congressman who were there and they seem to just follow the pod poly it party flying but you know I am a little more optimistic I mean some of the messaging I do think that across there was and has been and continues to be tremendous Russian interference so to the extent that it gives the president stopped to acting cavalierly about his relationship with pollutants and stop saying things like well yeah I take that information again maybe that's a little bit of a step I don't think that people are going to believe that there's an exoneration but on the other hand I don't think a lot of people here so in the big steps now I don't think it moves the needle in open court and closer to impeachment in fact we may back off from it but the facts are a lot clearer having heard them from Bob Muller yeah I would have I will I want to believe this and so maybe that's the reason I say I would have work I am a member of the Judiciary Committee I would want to move forward with impeachment increase with it with the hearings not a voting right now on articles but moving forward and getting some of the other important figures from the Mahler report and others you know this doesn't have to be limited to what was disclosed in the mall report other witnesses to come in and to testify as to the corruption and the potential criminality in the high crimes and misdemeanors of the of Donald Trump wouldn't you well I think that's where they're headed I mean and I heard that during the hearing name suspect they really want don McGann to come in and testify I don't know if he's any better than Bob Muller is as a witness but I suspect he might be and he certainly had the direct contact with the president I'm here is that nobody got the president to actually provide a statement in person I think that's the biggest lacking in this entire investigation I don't disagree with you that continuing the requests for subpoenas makes sense but there's a trade off and that's what Nancy Pelosi saying she saying are we gonna lose our own people will never get the trump people but will we get lose our own people by being so busy focusing on that and not moving the needle on some real issues that need to be addressed problems out of the house out of the house they can do whatever they want to Mitch McConnell's going to kill it right and I'm you know and that's what the the patch for those who don't want to do impeachment is to say why are we going to do this when we know what's going to happen in the Senate but the outlook tournament of argument is we still don't have all the facts yet you know in my mind do you bring in more witnesses didn't have hope picks come in and don McGann but he just go for like the tax returns because if you have to pay that there are other directions all right lord let me ask you this and I'm I'm very serious about this were speaking by the way with Laurie Levenson she's a professor of law at Loyola and she's a former professor of federal prosecutor now I forget residents saying it was a so utterly important I don't remember anyway altera plunging okay you didn't mention well you're coming back here thought which is you know there was some discussion yesterday and whether he could be charged when he got out of office right and one does wonder what's happening up in New York that would be a normal jurisdiction for that to happen so you know all of this might just sort of be a way to say he's got to be held accountable when the hardest way but the way that's most important is that the coming election and it's frustrating I think that we didn't hear any of the major candidates yesterday remark on the ceiling two yeah none of whom said we second this is the guy who killed said scire Muller this is a guy who told people to lie and he's still somebody you're considering this is a guy who cozied up to the Russians welcome their information I just thought there was a huge irony when the Republicans were saying exoneration doesn't mean anything what was the president himself will interject at that so I nobody called him on the double speak they came after the hearing yeah and I I was very disappointed the democratic candidates because if they want to become president they will also be the head of the Democratic Party and so it's time for them to show that sort of leadership capability but in your comments you did remind me of what I had forgotten to say and it is important and it is bill bar bill bars the Attorney General of the United States and I suspect that he is somebody who can more readily more easily should he choose to obstruct investigations obstruct justice when it comes to president trump including those investigations are happening in federal courts outside of Washington DC how much should we be concerned about what bill bar is doing behind the scenes I am I'm actually very concerned you know when he first came into office I thought well you know he's career he is going to be loyal to doing what's right I don't have that same confidence anymore the what I'm most worried about is the investigation into the steel dossier in the beginning of the investigation I wanted to if you want to play politics he could twist that right against the Democrats and that would be much more damaging than anything that's happened up to now I think that's what they're attempting and there's another thing too and that also relates to some of what you were talking about when the president leaves office and and it Robert Muller made this clear yesterday certainly you can pursue criminal charges against him when he's no longer president except for the statute of limitations and he did not have an answer to that question the LC memo really didn't adequately address that so what does happen doesn't doesn't that by abiding by the LC terms you're assuming the president's only going to serve one term in office and otherwise if he's reelected is above the law well I think that's right I mean this all comes down to the election because I don't agree that that somehow and you told the time while he's in office if he gets a second term he's never going to be prosecuted and that's just a clear message that maybe has to go out to the public yeah I think I think that's absolutely true and I really appreciate you bringing that up listen let's get a one quick call here from one of our listeners before we go this is Lee calling from San Jose Lee welcome to KGO your own with Laurie Levenson go ahead that's wonderful I called the other day and I was very upset I read Gibbons decline and fall of the Roman Empire I could just about Roman history yeah are it and Bob and Cicero on duty right okay yes I'm scared but was just sort of had a scared chopped off are you are you we're gonna take Donald Trump to the guillotine no no well what's your question professor Levinson there's money and power yeah and and the thing is it is but err I will I used to be in touch with senator Robert Bork yes and we were we were to change letters in mail right yeah and he wrote losing America and that was when bush was president right so do you have a question for professor Levinson because I have limited time with her right now only no I understand I'm sorry it's okay I mean I I would like to respond to him yes please thank you Sir thank you Sir for realizing that what we face now is something that we've been warned about for centuries and then it comes down some of those basic values I think when Adam yes didn't get into the details but he got into what is at stake here as you mentioned before that really is what's at stake it's not about an individual prosecution it's not about an individual count it's not about about an element of the crime it's about the really big pictures and a threat to democracy so I don't mean to be overly dramatic but I think you're right on the spot I think we're being unduly dramatic at this point I mean it is turned into what some people view is a political game and the stakes as you said are so much higher than that we all need to pay attention and I do believe that Congress has to do its duty under the constitution and so do we as citizens we have to clamor for the kind of for the Congress to do its job and for the president to not be above the law and unless we do that man we set a precedent that I think it's scary you know I heard somebody that I respect tremendously yesterday he was actually in studio with me he's one of my colleagues and he said I'm opposed to impeachment Pat I'm opposed to impeach with because it overthrows the will of the people and I boggles my mind as well is it ever appropriate then because anytime you impeach an elected representative you're gonna overthrow the will of the people but there's a reason for it well you know I think that what we've learned is impeachment and politics can I like law a lot because it's a lot more certain were in really uncertain times thank you for having me on and thank you so much so it's been a pleasure talking with you eighty eighty a tennis or telephone number will come back with your telephone calls as we talk about the aftermath of the molar testimony and where do you think we go from here will the Democrats do you think by pursuing impeachment inquiry will they begin the hearings the hearings which really will allow them to get more witnesses and more information because the courts are going to be tilted toward what the Congress is asking for when what they are asking for is part and parcel of an impeachment investigation which is which is entirely within the purview of the Congress eighty eighty eight ten is the
"don mcgann" Discussed on The 11th Hour with Brian Williams
"The president's former white house counsel don mcgann on efforts the president's made to try to fire robert muller and then to cover up his efforts to fire robert muller and there are a number of trump campaign associates who were involved loved who met with russians even if they didn't take anything of value but especially on obstruction case robert muller laid out so much evidence almost as a road map and then he clearly said that that wasn't avenue best suited now for the criminal justice system hint hint congress when he made that one public appearance so i think that the special counsel's office really left that opened a congress and at this point i think it's a matter of whether congress decides that they have enough to start down that road because if it doesn't and impeachment they could of course just be accused of beating a dead horse going over something that robert muller didn't find if they are able to actually explain the narrative that no they actually have tools that robert muller did not have to of consensus most valuable players around here julia ainsley in frank trigg losy are thanks to both of you for joining us on this broadcast and when we continue the president continues to insist he never tried to get rid of robert muller coming up the specifics of that effort uncovered in the special counsel's report for all the see later will hear from two people who know about they continue throughout the russians pose as we grow closer each day or twenty presidential election this special edition of the eleventh hour back right after this as part of our series of reports uncovered going back over what there's not been widely covered from deep inside the muller report we are focusing tonight on the portions that detail trump's efforts to remove the special counsel in the report mcgann testify the president called him twice mid june of twenty seventeen mcgann said both times trump directed him to call rod rosenstein and tell him muller was conflicted and could not serve as special counsel and here now is how the report explains it and we quote when the president called mcgann a second time to follow up on they ordered a call the justice department of justice mcgann recalled that the president was more direct saying something like call rod tell rod that muller has conflicts and can't be the special counsel mcgann recalled the president telling him muller has to go and call me back when you do it mcgann understood the president to be saying that the special counsel had debris move removed by rosenstein mcgann of course never followed through on that in fact the report says he wanted to resign but ended up staying on the job well fast forward january twenty fifth twenty eighteen that's the day the new york times reported that trump had ordered mcgann began to fire muller muller's team writes the trump was upset over the newspaper story and brought it up during a february six meeting quote mcgann recalled the president's said i never said the fire mahler i never said fire this story doesn't look good you need to correct this year the white house counsel in response mcgann acknowledged that he had not told the president directly that he planned to resign but that is the story was otherwise accurate the president's asking mcgann did i say the word fire mcgann responded what you said is call rod rosenstein tell rod that muller has conflicts and can't be the special counsel the president responded i never said that the president's said he merely one mcgann to raise the conflict issue with rosenstein and leave it there him did decide what to do mcgann told the president he did not understand the conversation that way and instead had heard call rod there are conflict muller has to go the president's ask mcgann whether he would do a correction and mcgann said no mcgann thought the president was testing his metal the see how committed mcgann was to what happened we should further point out a critical single sentence in this muller report it says the following it says mcgann is eight credible witness with no motive to lie or exaggerate given the position he held.
DOJ to give House Judiciary Committee some Mueller probe evidence
"House Judiciary chairman Jerry Nadler, says, criminal contempt moves. Against attorney general William bar have been postponed after the Justice department agreed to turn over key underlying evidence from the Muller report. However, the full house is still expected to vote on a resolution, which would clear the way for the judiciary panel to go to court to seek civil enforcement of the subpoenas for bar and former White House counsel, Don, Mcgann the DOJ documents retained a possible of structure of Justice by
House panel weighs holding Trump Cabinet members in contempt over census
"Allies, your comings of the house oversight committee indicates he will proceed with the contempt vote on his panel against attorney general bar and commerce secretary Ross over a document dispute regarding a potential citizen, citizenship question. That is on the twenty two thousand census. Meantime, the full house is expected to vote next week in holding AG bar, and former White House counsel, Don Mcgann in contempt of congress. This marks have dramatic escalation in the Democrats battle with the Trump administration over whether the president of struck did. Justice in the special counsels, Russia,
New Fight between Congress And The White House Over The Mueller Report
"House says it's the latest in a fight between congress and the White House over the Muller reported leave clearly signaled that they're not planning to play ball on any part of this investigation. So really that leaves it to congress just sort of deter. Fine how they wanna proceed on this, and we're expecting to see a vote at believe next week in which they might vote to hold Don Mcgann in contempt of congress. They of course early voted on, on holding bar, and contempt of congress. The attorney general, that's now going to go to the full house for a vote. So it it's left to congress to determine how they want to respond because the White House has so far been pretty clear that they're not going to work with congress on any of this ball.
House Judiciary Committee to hold June 10 hearing on Mueller report
"Within a week or so, the house is expected to vote on contempt citations for attorney general William bar, and former White House counsel, Don, Mcgann the move is tied to the findings of special counsel, Robert Muller's. Russia report, NPR Susan Davis, says that's according to house majority leader, Steny Hoyer of Maryland. In a statement Hoyer said the resolution is meant to force bar, and Mcgann to comply with House Judiciary committee subpoenas. Congressmens unredacted version of special counsel, Robert Mueller's report and public testimony from both men. President Trump is cleaning executive privilege over the report and mcgann's testimony, the resolution will authorize committees to pursue civil action in an effort to get the courts to force the Trump administration's compliance with congressional oversight the moves esscalation in Ann Arbor, tense confrontation between the president and congress. In his statement, the majority leader said the president's refusal to comply is quote the biggest cover up in
"don mcgann" Discussed on 850 WFTL
"White House counsel, Don Mcgann, and a special counsel's Russia probe and attorney for Mcgann says that he was asked by the White House to say that the president did not obstruct Justice by asking Mcgann to dismiss special counsel, Robert Muller. ABC's cure Phillips has details. Spec- news confirming that within a day of the reports release the White House asked former White House counsel and key Muller report witness Don Mcgann to publicly state that he did not believe the president ever obstructed Justice, including an instance in two thousand seventeen detailed in the Mola report. When the president reportedly pressured Mcgann to have molar fired Rudy Giuliani says he will not travel to Ukraine now. President Trump's personal attorney earlier saying he would go to Ukraine to look into information that could help with Trump's campaign including claims about twenty twenty candidate Joe Biden ABC's Lana Zack has more on the sudden chain Donald Trump. Personal attorney Rudy Giuliani. Reversing course, canceling his controversial trip to Ukraine, but he's not ruled out appealing to the eastern European country in the future Giuliani originally planned to meet with Ukrainian leadership in an attempt to politically hurt Joe Biden, the current twenty twenty Democratic Front runner a small setback. That's what China's vice premier told Hong Kong media today about trade talks with the US saying they have not broken down that after both sides failed to strike a deal. Friday, the US imposing a twenty five percent hike on nearly all Chinese goods coming into the US. China promising to retaliate no word on win negotiators will be meeting. Again. Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan, traveling to the US Mexico border today. His second trip to highlight what President Trump has declared a national emergency. The Trump administration working to get more funding to build a border wall. You're listening to ABC news. There's nothing like the majority of.
"don mcgann" Discussed on MSNBC Rachel Maddow (audio)
"He wouldn't have been able to talk to Robert Muller about it since they let them talk Muller. That means it's not privileged. That is how they screw themselves over by letting Don Mcgann give unrestricted testimony to molars investigators starting in the fall of two thousand seventeen. Right. Think about that. Right. He stayed on for another year. Plus after that the whole time in real time concurrently giving testimony to molars office about what was going on inside the Trump White House while he was working as White House counsel. I mean, it's crazy. It's crazy that they did that. That said Trump's legal team told the New York Times that they had a good explanation for why they screwed up so badly when it came to Don Mcgann their explanation to the New York Times was that quote Muller snookered, Mr. Trump's legal team. They hurt us. Tarnishing? Well, whether or not Muller's snookered, President Trump, and his lawyers and the Trump White House into letting that happen. The what started with that snookering is now going to the two tomorrow morning's news. This is what we're going to be waiting on first thing tomorrow morning. You might remember right after the reductive version. The Muller report was published with Don Mcgann cited more than one hundred fifty times with Don Mcgann having a starring role as a key witness and a key player in the most pungent incidents of obstruction of Justice on the part of the president that were laid out in the report right after the report came out, the judiciary committee in the house issued this subpoena to Don Mcgann. And you know, it's subpoenas are stark things right subpoena by thority of the house of representatives of the congress of the United States of America to Donald f Mcgann the second, you are hereby commanded to be an appear before the committee of the judiciary. The house committee on the judiciary of the house of representatives of the United States at the place date and time specified below. They say the testimony will take place in the Raper in house office building in Washington DC on may twenty first twenty nineteen time of testimony ten AM now since that subpoena was issued to Don again to come testify about what he told Muller's investigators on what he saw of the president's behavior that was described in such detail in millers report since that subpoena was made public right after molars report came out. The White House has been full of bluster about it. Right. The president himself saying in an interview on Fox News that he would not let Don Mcgann testify. He would not let Mcgann respond to that subpoena for his testimony. Now, it is not up to the president. Whether or not some third party is allowed to testify in response to a congressional subpoena. But the Trump White House is making clear that they're absolutely going to try to block Mcgann from testifying subpoena or no. But you know, that testimony that subpoena for his testimony is what's the date of it may twenty-first ten AM in the morning. Before we get to that date. Even before we get to the question of whether Don Mcgann is going to testify you should look at the other part of the subpoena to because it's not just for his testimony. This is the other part of the subpoena to Donald f Mcgann the second, you are hereby commanded not just testify, but also quote to produce the things identified on the attached schedule touching matters of inquiry to said committee produce the things identified on the attached schedule, what's on the attached schedule. What are these things? Several in. It's a doozy. Quote in accordance with the attached definitions and instructions, you are hereby required to produce all documents and communications in your possession custody or control referring or relating to number one statements by Michael Flynn to the FBI regarding contacts with Russian ambassador. Sergei Kislyak number to the FBI Justice Department's investigation of Michael Flynn, number three meeting with Justice department officials or employees is relating to Flynn and underlying evidence related to Flynn number four the resignation or termination of Michael Flynn. Number five. Sean Spicer's February fourteenth two thousand seventeen public statements about Flynn's resignation number six President Trump's contacts with James Comey on January twenty seventh February fourteenth March thirtieth and April eleventh all in two thousand seventeen I mean, I could read them all, but there are thirty six of these different points..
"don mcgann" Discussed on 600 WREC
"Interview with Martha McCallum on the story was originally set up as an eight to nine minutes segment. She said, yeah, it's gonna be long a segment of the night eight to nine I realized that I don't finish clearing my throat. In the first five minutes. Okay. Well, we'll stick with eight to nine. In the show starts. No. We're going to do fifteen. I said, okay. And it ended up going twenty minutes. So to play the whole thing. I mean, we got we got plenty of time to do that. There are excerpts from it as as well. And we're going to get to that. But I I wanna start here with the president the president first lady left the White House not long ago walking across the lawn to the helicopter to catch a ride out the joint base Andrews aboard Air Force One to fly to Atlanta where there's some sort of symposium on the opioid crisis. And as usual, the president stopped. To chat with the media. And he was on fire and the subject that came up has to do with the subpoenas. See you remember in the Muller report? It said that White House counsel. Don Mcgann, Don Mcgann, who by the way, spoke to the special counsel for thirty hours. What more can this guy possibly have to say? But he spoke to the special counsel for thirty hours. This is the guy that Trump supposedly, by the way, John Dowd. The lead lawyer for Trump in this whole sort entail is denying that Trump ever ordered Muller to be fired by anybody, including Mcgann. And we've got that coming up anyway. The Democrats want us to peanut him again. And the White House is going to oppose all the subpoenas on the basis of executive privilege. And the fact this time for this to end we had two and a half years of this. We've had thirty five million dollars spent there are gazillions of pages. There are hours and hours and hours of interviews. There's nothing new that can be learned here except the Democrats. You know, why they wanna talk them again? Can I tell you what they wanted to know? Why do you think they want to talk to Mcgann? It's two words. The answer is a person person. No, John, gene. They can't get Watergate out of their heads. And Democrats are not original everything in their playbook is a replay of past glory and past glory to them is getting rid of Nixon quick. What was Nixon's mill middle name, Mr. Snerdley? That's right mill house good for you. So they wanted to get rid of they got rid of Nixon. They prove the media to they prove they can do it. So they wanna prove to themselves. They can do it again. And so have you noticed all the times that Watergate is used as a a point of comparison to this? And of course, there isn't anything similar. Watergate agents from Nixon actually did bug. The Democrat National Committee headquarters and left evidence that they had been there Nixon didn't know what at the time. But then he found out about it and tried to cover it up. But there's nothing similar there's nothing similar whatsoever. Unless you want to start talking about what Hillary Clinton did. And the Democrat National Committee did and the Obama administration did if you want to compare anything you compare those people to Nixon and watering, but not Trump Trump didn't do anything. They've looked at Trump with the fine. Tune comb forever for over three years. Now the effort to deny Donald Trump the nomination and the presidency and the divorce him out three phases. They have looked at everything. They don't have anything as I cleverly pointed out in the past. We may have inadvertently elected the most on corru-. Upped person to be president of the United States who could have been elected miss country. You want to know the truth of it? So no, they want to talk to him again, they're going to subpoena again because they think he is John dean John dean White House counsel who spilled many of the beans on Nixon during the Watergate hearings. And because they have lost the ability to innovate in the democrat party at because there is nothing original anymore. They have no choice, but the go back to the playbook and try to replay games that they've already want to be. It would be like the Pittsburgh Steelers thinking the way to win the Super Bowl. This year would be go back and do the exact same thing. They did in nineteen eighty. Or any other previous Super Bowl winning team? The Democrats are stuck in the past particularly in ways means techniques to get rid of rivals. So Don Mcgann who has nothing in common whatsoever with with deem other than having held the same job. They wanna talk to Don Mcgann. It's all of this is so so ironic, but I want you to hear the president as he was chatting with the press today. Let's see we're going to start audio sound bite number one. This is in the White House lawn. Unidentified reporter said what are you plan to do about? The subpoenaed, Don, Mcgann and other subpoenas as ridiculous..
"don mcgann" Discussed on All In with Chris Hayes
"And maybe he is he's been sort of both ways on that. When Nixon was president. What what Trump is doing? Now should be clear is worse than what Nixon did. Okay. Because when Nixon was president he at first asserted executive privilege over the testimony of John dean, who's kind of the Don Mcgann of his administration, but ultimately gave up on that. He he stopped asserting executive privilege is certain point, which is how we learned about the tapes and Alexander Butterfield testified as you probably know and and dean testified in great length. So what Trump is doing is more lawless than Nixon Nixon finally agreed that when criminal matters are being investigated by the congress, you could not assert executive privilege on behalf of the president. Ultimately that case would have gone to the supreme court had Nixon not giving up. So you know, that may be where we go with this. And then you may have a president, which I would not put pass Trump at all who disobeys a ruling of the scream court and. At that point, you know impeachment. I think is really unavoidable. I mean, I think that that then you have somebody who has discarded completely his oath to uphold the constitution, which in the view of many of us Trump did a while ago. But certainly in the view of really the entire country, and then you have a showdown with the Republican party. Do they uphold the law or not? They've always tell us that they do they usually want to uphold it when a democrat is president of Republican. But that I think would be the ultimate test for them that there in lies the challenge. Chris Lou is that where can the American people get confident that if entire confluence events were to happen. Donald Trump has seated the courts with his adherence. He is stacked the supreme court with two more of his adherence. The Justice department is under his command and the Republican party is under his command. Why should the American people have confidence that there is any mechanism left in the law in the constitution or pragmatically? In any of the branches of government that can make this president comply with the law. Look joy. I think it's easy to be cynical about where we are in politics right now, but you fundamentally have to believe in the foundations of our democracy. The idea that we have three Coequal branches the idea that we have all of law. Look, we have a president who certainly wants to test all of that. But you have to believe that the democracy. We have to believe that. Because Donald Trump has already said the production of his tax returns will not be done. There is a law. That says it must that Don Mcgann will not testify even though he has been duly compelled to do. So the Mr. Klein will not testify even though he's been duly compelled to do. So why do we have to have confidence in the law Donald Trump controls? I mean, I mean in all seriousness, Donald Trump controls the law. William bar is the attorney general the United States the Republican party decides whether he's ever removed from from from power, and the supreme court has five conservatives on it. Why should we trust? Loud. You know, I'm a cynic. But look the constitution has withstood two hundred and thirty years through in a civil war through depressions. I have to believe that the foundations democracy will stand this president..
"don mcgann" Discussed on KOMO
"It's been a. Three or four. Trying to remember. Now, it's been several times each of these new things absurdist, they are we get on the phone and kind of go through. So have you submitted to interviews specifically about Dr Ford's allegation? Yes. And what about Debra Ramirez allegation? You waived your penis in front of her? Yes. What about Julie sweat? Knicks allegation that you repeatedly engaged in drugging and gang raping or allowing women to begin right? Yes. Yes, I've been interviewed about. Are your answers to my questions today consistent with the answers that you gave to the committee in these various interviews. Yes. Ma'am. The amount of time. Senator Durbin seconds chairman judge Cavanaugh earlier today dot Kristine Ford set that same chair. And under oath. She said clearly and unequivocally that she was a victim of sexual assault of your hands. She answered our questions directly, and she didn't flinch at the prospect of submitting herself to an FBI investigation of these charges. We know, and I'm sure she's been advised by attorneys that a person lying to the FBI can face criminal prosecution. You have clearly and unequivocally denied that you saw the doctor Ford with that statement, you must believe that there is no credible evidence or any credible witness that could prove otherwise. You started off with an impassioned statement at the beginning. And I can imagine try to imagine what you've been through your family's been through. And I'm sure I wouldn't get close to it. But it was I'm paying wouldn't. I'm sure would impassioned statement. And then the course of it. You said I welcome any kind of investigation. I quote you. I welcome any kind of investigation. Got a suggestion for you. Right now. Turn to your left in the front row to Don Mcgann counsel to President Donald Trump. Ask him to suspend this hearing and nominating process until the FBI completes its investigation of the charges made by Dr Ford and others. And goes to bring the witnesses forward and provides it information to this hearing. I'm sure that the chairman at that point wonder stand that that is a reasonable request to finally put to rest these charges if they are false or approve them, if they are not you spent two years in the White House office that approved judicial nominees you turn to the FBI over and over and over again for their work. Let's bring them in here. And now turned it down Mcgann tell him it's time to get this done. And FBI investigation is the only way to answer some of these questions to stop the clock. This committee is is running this hearing not the White House. Not Don Mcgann, not even you as me. Where we are here today because Dr Ford asked for an opportunity here. I know you did do as well. In fact, maybe even before she did. We're here because people wanted to be heard from charges that they all thought were on fair or activities like sexual assault was unfair. So I wanna sure Senator Durbin regardless of what you say to Senator Don Mcgann, we're not suspending this hearing proce- dancer the question. What if the gentleman just say this if you judge Cavanaugh? Turned down Mcgann, and to this committee and say for the sake of my reputation, my family name and to get to the bottom of the truth of this. I am not going to be an obstacle to an FBI investigation. I would hope that all the members of the committee would join me and saying we're going to bite by your witch wishes and we will have that investigation. I welcome whatever the committee wants to do because I'm telling the truth. I wanna know what you want to die. I'm telling you want to know what you wanna do. I'm innocent of this chart, you're prepared for an FBI investigators reach conclusions. You reach the conclusion owner, they do investigate questions on both ways. Judge. You can't say here at the beginning. I wanted to. Any kind of investigation is thing was Enron on this. This thing was sprung at the last minute after being held by staff. You know, judge and I called. Immediately. If there is no truth to her charges. The FBI investigation will show that or are you afraid that they might not? Shea FBI does not reach can, you know, you know, this is, you know, that's a funny question because the FBI doesn't reach conclusions provide the three zero with three oh two. So I explained to people who don't know what that is. They just go and do what you're doing ask questions and then type up a report, they don't reach the bottom line. When English earning I asked Ford, I asked her about this incident where she ran into Mark judge and Safeway. And she said sure, I remember just six to eight weeks after this occurrence, well, some of the Washington Post went in and took Mr. judges book and has been able to the run he wrote about his addiction and alcoholism, and they have narrowed it down what they think was a period of time six or eight weeks after the event, and he would have been working at the Safeway at that point. So the point I'm getting we at least can connect some dots here and get some information. Why would you recess that? Why would you research that kind of investigation? I welcome. I wanted to hearing last week. I'm asking about the FBI invest the committee figures out how to ask the questions. I'll do whatever I've been on the phone multiple times with committee council talk cabinet will you support an FBI investigation right now. I I will do whatever the committee wants personally, do you think? That's the best thing for us to do..
"don mcgann" Discussed on WCBM 680 AM
"I've often been critical of sing along with Mitch. But I do think when credit is is do it should be given. And thus the case we have since judge Kavanagh's nomination was announced two months ago. Very quietly. Mitch McConnell and White House counsel, Don Mcgann, and others have been working feverishly to transform the federal courts. And I'm happy to report that twenty six federal appeals and district court. Judges have secured seats on the federal bunch in these last two months, while all the left is focused on Cavanaugh the latest supreme court nominee who's going to be confirmed. Anyway. Twenty six and two months. That's just a dizzying rate. Think about that. I mean, that's thirteen. Judges a month. You know, you do the math on that. That's a while close to one hundred and fifty judges for the year of we can keep up that pace and that that'll really help. That's more than the number of judges confirmed in the first half of the year more than number of judges confirmed in all of last year. So getting this second Justice confirmed the supreme court the clearly would be a legacy defining priority for the Trump administration. So kudos the White House counsel, Don Mcgann, who's leaving after the cavenaugh confirmation and Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell also deserves some credit for that as well. No, correct. Guess yet for mystery voice in the morning, and here it is for the second time. Anything reach you..
"don mcgann" Discussed on Stay Tuned with Preet
"Needs ten thousand words of Jonathan swan. I'm no gay talese, but I'm good at sauce building. Well, let's talk about one of your scoops that I think is really interesting in the current climate and that is the Don Mcgann, the White House counsel with planning to leave the White House. And there's, there's all this reporting that you have pushed into other people have written about as well. The Don Mcgann through his lawyer, Bill Burke, who are you? Should. You know, put on the record is a personal friend of mine who's in the news a lot lately. We're fellow colleagues in this other district of New York together, how he cooperated extensively with the Muller probe to a degree that maybe the president did not appreciate Satra thirty hours of interviews. What what do you think was going on with Don Mcgann in terms of his self protection versus protection of the president versus protection of the presidency? What? What do you make of this whole Don Mcgann, White House counsel business? Well, a stick to what I know. So I know that both Don Mcgann and his lawyer Bill book. Surprised is a mild word that tie called John Dowd were willing to make them available to Mola and to encourage the level of open corporations that they did. I believe that they thought it was insane that they would do that. Is that a is that a direct quote is definitely no direct quote. Okay. Effing insane. So that is one part of it. I don't know with a level of precision how Trump reacted to that New York Times base because I just don't have an account from somebody that I trust who was first hand, but I will tell you the relationship between Donald Trump and Don Mcgann is terrible and has been pretty bad for some time. The president has been very, very frustrated with him, has chewed him out in front of other people to in excruciating way in vice versa, is that is that frustration is the reciprocal of based on what Don has said to his colleagues at different times? Yeah. I mean, the defensive dome again by his allies is that he was working for a man who would ask him fairly regularly to do things that were self harmful to the president and legally problematic, and that he was doing the best he could. To put a God rail around around this president. But from Trump's point of view, and again, he has not been shy about this to people who've worked for him. And other people is that dome again, was always slow to react to his demands looking for a way to say no, not a way to say, yes, cetera, et cetera. Trump is, as you know, very litigious and is used to work. He doesn't distinguish between lawyers in some ways. It's all my people defense lawyer. It doesn't matter whether he thinks he thinks his Justice department is there to does represent him. He he wants ROY Cohn as the attorney general like, it doesn't matter. They his Justice department, the Trump Justice department there, his lawyers who work for him day by day become more convinced that the reason he was trying to develop relationship with me and calling me on the side without the attorney general was for this very purpose to have. You know..
"don mcgann" Discussed on MSNBC Rachel Maddow (audio)
"Since Don Mcgann won't do it. Well, now Don Mcgann is leaving, and it appears from follow up reporting tonight in the New York Times that Don Mcgann is actually being fired from the White House as opposed to him resigning on his own terms. That was an axios dot com story early this morning, which said that Don Mcgann was looking to leave. Maybe sometime this fall wanted to get through the stuff with the cavenaugh supreme court nomination. He was starting to think the times reports tonight that the president pounced on that story as an opportunity basically to fire Don Mcgann over Twitter, naturally, much to Don Mcgann. Surprise quote the president's tweet. Was precipitated by a report on the axios website that Don Mcgann plan to leave after Brett Kevin supreme court confirmation process concluded Mr.. Trump had grown tired of seeing reports that Mr. Mcgann might leave according to people familiar with his thinking, and he decided to take away any wiggle room. He decided to take away any wiggle room he might have as the Washington Post puts it tonight. Quote, Trump's announcement of mcgann's departure came as a surprise, comma, including two Mcgann. Mr. Mcgann was not aware that Trump plan to send the tweet. So apparently that is how the White House counsel got fired today. Eleven days after we learned about the extent of his cooperation with the special counsel and in case you're wondering, no, this is not normal. This isn't. This is not the way these things usually happen. No other White House counsel has ever been fired quite in this way. And it's interesting that the White House and the president have tried to spin this today as something that clearly is not right. They clearly tried to create a public impression that this was the orderly long planned rollout of Don mcgann's voluntary departure. If it was a surprise to him when he saw on Twitter that he was leaving, that's not the public. We don't know why they've tried to concoct a false public storyline about it. We may find out in the future. You never know sources close to Don Mcgann, do have ways of getting their perspective on things into the newspapers. We've noticed. But we'll have more on that story head with a reporter who has covered this really closely. To the extent that the current White House counsel Don Mcgann has has prevented the president from acting on some of his most destructive impulses, particularly when it comes to the Russia investigation Don Mcgann leaving. Sort of creates a new x factor, new unknown in terms of us as Americans trying to anticipate trying to prepare for the ways this president might handle or try to manage some of the increasingly intense legal stuff that is swirling around the president and the White House when it comes to the ongoing scandal. At the end of next week, for example, we are expecting another sentencing and prosecutors are asking for a custodial sentence for Trump campaign. Foreign policy adviser, George popadopoulos Mr. Papadopoulos is somewhat inscrutable..
"don mcgann" Discussed on News Radio 1190 KEX
"You remember the name Don Mcgann, he is the White House lawyer who A week ago, this was. The big stories like two months ago Yeah he was spilling, his guts to the, special counsel he had met with Robert Muller not once but twice but three times for a total of over thirty hours of discussions. Or or, testimony to the special counsel and you break it. Down you're gonna that's that's ten hours per session Wow was it was it all testimony. Was just, kind of you know friendly chat And? Then the president's other attorneys Rudy Giuliani they, realize oh, my goodness We? Knew he was talking. To him but what what did, he actually say John dean of Watergate fame even came out and said, I, think Trump's got a real problem after Mcgann, interviewed with, Bob Muller, well that same Don Mcgann is now leaving the White. House according to a tweet this, morning from the president ABC's Arlette. Signs joins us out, of Washington DC and Arlette welcome back. To the, show. Thanks for having me Mark it's it's not, as sinister as it may appear when you hear Odom mcgann's leaving especially after thirty hours of testimony he's being driven out but this is by his own choosing. I hear yes so the president announced via. Twitter this morning that White House counsel Don Mcgann would be leaving this coming fall after. What they hope is going to be the confirmation of Brad Kavanagh to. The supreme court but we had known for quite some time Mcgann had been interested in in leaving the White House, sources told us several months ago he decided to stay, on to? Lead the confirmation process for? Brad Kavanagh something that. Adama Gant has been instrumental in, is not only trying to shepherd cavenaugh through his confirmation process right now. But, he also Successfully got Neal Gorsuch approved. To the, supreme court but while it does. Seem that, this is a decision of mcgann's own doing the president a short while ago said he's an excellent guy and he's probably gonna head to, the private sector. There's still a lot of. Questions about what exactly Don. Mcgann said in that interview with a special counsel. As you mentioned so far no, word I'm not sure when we'll. Find out what was, that at all all we heard is. That he, talked. Extensively I'm I'm figuring you know three times, we hear and then thirty hours of of chats at ten hours a pop you know what what are these what can you talk about I can't even talk. To my wife for ten hours and that's. More than any White House staffer that's been questioned by the special counsel that's more than. Anyone else spent with Robert Muller and his team but look Don Mcgann. Had a front row seat to so many consequential decisions that this president made you know she was involved in the, briefing the president When they talked about a former national security. Adviser Michael Flynn's? Contacts with Russian? Officials he also reportedly told? The president that if he fired Robert Muller that he would resign from his job so he's. Been there for a lot of pivotal moments and certainly a wealth of information for the special counsel now while. We don't, know what exactly they discussed first off the special counsel isn't talking about any of their. Interviews Secondly mcgann's attorney isn't saying what they, talked about Mcgann's attorney is making it clear that they did not that Mcgann did not say anything. Dot incriminated the president he sent a letter to the president's lawyer is saying that so there's still a lot. Of, questions the president was asked are you concerned about what Don Mcgann may have told the special counsel and a. Short, while ago he said no none at all He said we do everything straight we do? Everything, by the book and Donna's, an excellent guys with the president at least publicly doesn't seem to be worried about how extensively Don Mcgann west speaking with Muller sure and that letter to reassure the president that that there, was nothing incriminating said you. Never know. When you're when you're testifying speaking with a special counsel because what we might think this is what detectives no since. The beginning of time this is what they teach you in detective school is that the most innocuous. Of answers could be incriminating when you combine it with other answers from, other people and you start putting together you start connecting the dots that's right and he has been a had a front row seat to so many of the. Decisions that. The president has made and we know that the special counsel. Is looking into whether there may have been obstruction of Justice. It's unclear if Mcgann maybe was privy to any information relating to that but certainly Mcgann may think? That he's, not, offering something incriminate But you never know. What special counsel has and how that compares to other statements they've been getting, and there was the reason he spoke to special counsel to was that he feared he was. Being. Set up by the president or the president's lawyers remember that was according to, reports his initial motivation to go speak the special counsel because he thought he was going to be hung out to dry? And, his reputation his career might, have been stained to where he'd never find another job so he was proactive so we'll never know exactly what what motivation was behind that here's the other thing people forget too is that, when the president ordered Muller. Fired there. Was a time back months ago that that the president walked in and said I want you to fire Bob Muller. And his White House counsel Don Mcgann advised against it and the president insisted so Mcgann said okay. I'm gonna I'm gonna quit and and then the president had to back, off that's right Mcgann was instrumental reportedly in trying to convince The president not to. Fire Robert Muller and look, a lot of people close to two mcgeehan has been saying in reports that Mcgann he's not necessarily. The president he's not the president's personal attorney Don Mcgann is the White House counsel and a he views his job as a way to protect the. Presidency as an institution and protect the White House so Don Mcgann the certainly has had an instrumental role in the Trump White House he's been there for quite some. Time in fact I even had Senate Judiciary chairman Chuck Grassley today tweet. At the president you, can't let that happen you can't let Don Mcgann leave you. Have a good relationship with Republicans up on Capitol Hill especially when it comes to, supreme court confirmations but it seems that this was a decision of his own making, of his own choosing to go ahead and leave after what they hope is, going to be, the confirmation of Brad Kavanagh but they're, still, going to. Be a lot, of questions about his conversations with a special counsel. And walk. Down the road the GOP will be happy You, don't have to pay fifteen thousand dollars a month because for for nothing job because he'll he'll probably find. Something much more, lucrative in the private industry are led signs ABC news in Washington. Thank you so much for that update. We do, appreciate behind the scenes look thank, you all right, thank you Vanessa writes. The Mark Mason show Email. Says monkey is a nothing burger. And she sends me the merriam Webster dictionary definition of monkey, with monkey with to handle or play with, something in a careless way to monkey around with something told you not to monkey with the lawnmower that's the Miriam Webster to which Vanessa's but that's not what was said he didn't say, don't let that monkey with this election he said don't monkey it up as a matter of fact I mean do we. Want to hear it again Do we want. To hear the, Santa's this is this is Rhonda Santa's. As he's, speaking on Fox News. Earlier today the last thing, we need, to do is to monkey this up Last thing we need to do as monkey this up When, talking about his opponent how we're gonna handle his, opponent Andrew. Gillum maybe, he's a can't get fooled again kinda guy but Vanessa I Yes it's monkey it. Up it's not monkey with thank? You. For the, definition, of monkey, with everybody gets. That and I listen I suppose you could. Stretch it. Suppose you can make that, excuse yeah I mean listen, I I I buy that that's what that's what Santa's was going for he was he was trying, to say don't don't screw. It up but he used a. Phrase that he really shouldn't have used. In reference to an African American man and he should. Have known he should've known and he should've maybe, he never looked at his opponent, maybe he was so confident he was going to, win he. Had no, clue Okay sure I. Found, out Crap Oh really stand up, tonight but it means you, know screw up. With that's what it. Means I. Wasn't I wasn't really hinting at. Anything I wasn't as articulate as I should have been Anyway Vanessa. Says people need to grow up and get a. Life, stop seeing evil in, everything I would say after, after Roseanne Barr. Everyone should be very. Careful when. Using the word monkey any respect. 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"don mcgann" Discussed on The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell
"Marwat says that he has been allowed to read a confidential White House memo which is in the special prosecutor's possession, which quote explicitly states that when Trump pressured Komi he had just been told by two of his top aides, his then chief of staff Priebus and his White House counsel Don Mcgann that Michael Flynn was under criminal investigation. Last year. The Trump defense team delivered a letter to Robert baller outlining their defenses of the president on obstruction of Justice. The key element of their defense was the President Trump did not know that his national security adviser, Michael Flynn was being investigated by the FBI when the president talked to FBI director, James Comey about quote, leading Flynn, go, James Comey quotes the president as having told him. I hope you can see your way clear to letting. Go to letting Flynn go. He is a good guy. I hope you can let this go. The Trump defense team has said that it is impossible for that conversation to constitute obstruction of Justice because the president did not know that the FBI was then investigating Michael Flynn. But Murray waas is reporting that the White House memo that he read is a timeline prepared by White House counsel Don Mcgann showing every step that occurred in the White House and exactly who knew what, and when in what became the story of the firing of national security adviser, Michael Flynn, Mari, wash reports, February fifteenth memo combined with accounts given to the special counsel by Priebus and Mcgann, constitute the most compelling evidence. We yet know of the Donald yet. No of that Donald Trump may have obstructed Justice. The most compelling evidence that the president may have obstructed Justice appears to come from his own most senior and loyal aids the great. C'est threat to his presidency is not from his enemies real or perceived, but from his allies within the White House leading off our discussion. Now, John Holloman national fares analyst for NBC news and MSNBC. He's co host and executive producer of Showtime's the circus also with us. Danny Savalas, MSNBC legal contributor and Barbara mcquade former federal prosecutors. She's a professor of law at the university of Michigan. Ann, MSNBC legal contributor, and John Holloman here is the Watergate echo. It turns out the people who can do the most damage to the president work in the White House. That was absolutely true in Watergate. It was not the Democrats whose office got broken into who took down president, Nixon. It's always the case, right? And it's the case because they are the closest they are the ones who are writing things down. They're the ones that even in this chaotic White House, this White House that breaks so many norms and does so many things that are outside the bounds of what we've ever seen from White House before there are a bunch of people like Don Mcgann, and there are others like Ryan's Priebus who thought, hey, we're supposed to be do. Doing this the way other people did it. We don't really know what that is, but like things like timelines and things like paying attention to some basic rules of procedure and and some Br cut the way in which you're supposed to do stuff in the White House govern their thinking enough that it could be the thing that ends up undoing the president on this from and Barbara mcquade. It seems to have a guided, they're thinking, certainly at the beginning of the presence because this Michael Flynn story is at the beginning of the presence in it might actually be the period in the Trump presidency where people like Don Mcgann. We're operating most closely by the book possibly because they didn't realize how wild the whole place was going to become. Yeah, I think this could be a very significant factual development and you know, it has an echo of remember when there was that tweet that President Trump put out that said, I had to fire Mike Flynn because he lied to the FBI and then his lawyer. John Dowd came back very quickly and said, no, no, no. I put out that. Then I got it wrong..
"don mcgann" Discussed on WCBM 680 AM
"Never said not cooperated muller was that there's a process have been set up under reagan there's a process set of underbush process senator clinton of how you deal with this as more that's what don mcgann basically kept on about what's happening on capitol hill and all i was doing all i was doing responding to responding to what the white house guidance we'll see what happens here it's just yeah you're right you're the biggest get and we had you booked ahead of time what was it like to sit in front of well i've been very critical of the special counsel thirteen partisan democrats no republicans and you got a guy like andrew weissmann and i've been through his record tens of thousands of americans lost their jobs because of him and the andersen accounting investigation going back to enron and we had a nine zero supreme court overturned against him we had four merrill executives in jail for a year and that was overturned by the fifth circuit we've had two judges excoriate andrew weisman for withholding exculpatory evidence why would any investigation be considered fair balanced and objective if somebody would that track record is as the new york times call him the pit bull of robert muller look the white house like i said they waived his privilege white house counsel don mcgann right who by the way in white house counsel in nixon's white house was john dean is to bring a name up all i'm saying is that that's position because it does not have attorney client privilege with the president white house counsel went up chief of staff went up i went up i prepped because you gotta take it seriously what's that like you you sit there for a month in advance and i realized that i think the president has treated this with the level of gravitas that he should have and he he told people hey that listening to what these guys say they waved executive privilege i got great council we went up there was a witness a fact but i gotta tell ya you gotta prepare and it's it's a long and growing thing but i thought the time it was professional in the fact that they go through everything now can't get into the specifics but let me tell you it's a it's a it's as close to a proctology exam as as you as you're ever going to get so here's the problem there has been no evidence in spite of media hysteria about trump russia collusion the most exculpatory evidence actually came from james comey and james comey's notes when the president and he took these notes said to james comey i didn't do anything with russia but if there's anybody around me that did you need to get to the bottom of it that does not sound like anybody that is obstructing justice of course the russians wanted to impact our elections devin nunes warned about that in two thousand fourteen by the way barack obama spent taxpayer money to try and unseat prime minister netanyahu in israel but there really was collusion with russia in the sense didn't hillary pay for that phony dossier with funneled money through perkins kui that hired gps fusion gps that hired a foreign national christopher steele that used russian sources the democratic party and the progressive left is just right now embracing the totality of their defeat with with the supreme court nomination of judge cavanaugh and understanding that you know one hundred forty federal judges come donald trump is going to be in the life of the progressive left thirty or forty years now as i said last night he is all the progressive left in the going through a meltdown right now okay here's why hillary clinton ran the single worst campaign in american presidential history in by the mainstream media propped up all the way until two thirty in the morning on november ninth when the ap said they had lost the morning joe crowd the new york times the washington post you know msnbc cnn it was the greatest campaign in history robby mook and these guys were all geniuses we're the islands of mr toys don trump was a total bartering a break anyone anyone and by the way they can't they can't they can't embrace that you know i want to so much they have to own this defeat so here's my take i'll tell you what we'll take a break with steve bannon agreed to be with us for the full hour we're going to have also a full hour examination of.
"don mcgann" Discussed on 860AM The Answer
"The white house counsel don mcgann his office is very involved in this they do consult with groups like the federal society and others just to get information about various judges but the decision arrests in the white house counsel's office representing the president because the presence of one that makes the final decision so that process is ongoing now the good thing about having a list of twenty five is that these names have been out there for a while so they've been fully vetted and that's why i think you're seeing a pretty weak response coming from the opposition here because there's not much you can go after these judges because they've been so well vetted so you've got that situation so that i will tell you that you'll say this one's leading and then it's going to be that one's leaning we're hearing such and such i think the way that you let me tell you when you're gonna know monday when the president makes the announcement because notoriously what happens on these just kind of the facts is as it gets near the end things sometimes move president may come to a decision it is you know come to a decision on thursday or friday and say you know what this is where i'm leaning or this is what i want but continue the discussions that part of the process here so you don't know until the nominations made now having said that once it is made that another process goes into place and let's fan put a timeframe on what will happen after monday afternoon yeah sure after the nomination is made jay that nomination gets sent to the senate judiciary committee and they begin a process of examining that nominees background gathering their writings gathering their rulings questioning the nominee in a written fashion that process jay for neil gorsuch took forty eight days so let's just assume it follows the same track the nomination comes down on monday that puts you into late august now remember the united states senate is here in washington dc this year in august they're not on recess as they typically are that ruling that decision has already been made by leader mcconnell so then you would have probably four days worth of hearings not all of the nominee would be there for four days worth of hearing inside the committee probably that last week of august is where i think it would be shortly thereafter you'd have a vote in committee and then it would move to the floor so j i guess the point i'm making process wise is you don't have to rush this through to get a nominee seated before the supreme court sits if you follow sort of the regular time line the timeline that was followed for neal gorsuch this nominee will have a vote on the on the floor of the full senate well before the supreme court sits in suspect that's the time line that they we will roughly follow lease on facebook says while the new justice be sworn in before the midterm election i think the answer is yes yeah i mean i think that that's the plan right now that would be i mean barring some foreseen circumstances where you'd have one of those situations where it may nominee had to withdraw for some reason personal reason health reason something like that barring anything like that there will be a nine supreme court justice sitting when the supreme court term begins in october yeah i think i think that's that's correct this is an interesting question that came in we're taking your calls by the way at one eight hundred six eight four thirty one ten we'll play some music and during the break here coming up but what are your thoughts on the talk of settled law because that's what they keep referring to when the talk about roe versus wade settled law i think rover swayed is actually a good example of of law that's not settled because it's been attacked so regularly so clearly they don't think it's settled so that again goes back to stir stereotypes isis and l a law can be judged and on the books and still be wrong and we see those overturn yeah so yeah i don't think roe v wade settled and i think.
"don mcgann" Discussed on The 11th Hour with Brian Williams
"For many many months before it was known that he'd been all the way into the oval office to interview for for an undisclosed job at the time and that don mcgann views him as his succession plan if don mcgann had his way at flood will stay and don mcgann will be gone in a matter of six to eight weeks which firm again is very rigorous way of doing it actually to care enough about a hand off to make it peaceful and find someone i mean one of the big sort of legal philosophical collisions that probably didn't get enough attention other than from folks like matt and people that covered the legal side of this is it don mcgann was never four what what phil and and and and matt have described he was never four this sort of accommodation of bob muller's requests on document production on witness participation dom again always wanted and needed and lacked an ally on a more aggressive posture on executive privilege my questions today that have gone unanswered or how do you put the toothpaste back in the tube because don mcgann is spent at least two full days with millers investigators and so if you were going to hurt executive privilege i don't know with who whom you do it all of the president's advisors have already spent hours if not days testifying and as you heard from the clip you played from cnn bob muller already knows more about the trump campaign and i would imagine based on the questions that the new york times published this week knows more about the way the white house functions than anybody else who works there matt a you're agreeing.
"don mcgann" Discussed on The 11th Hour with Brian Williams
"Same with lying james komi can we call them fake memos with that we have terrific starting panel as we start a new week here philip rucker white house bureau chief for the washington post tamra keith white house correspondent for npr and sam stein veteran political journalist now politics editor for the daily beast and an msnbc contributor good evening and welcome to you all fill i'd like to read you a quote from some of your colleagues at the washington post will call this byline the law firm of parker dossey lennox and kosta and we begin quote trump is not consulting with top advisers including chief of staff john kelly and chief white house lawyer don mcgann on his russia legal choices or his comments about the probe according to one person with knowledge of his actions who spoke on the condition of anonymity to describe sensitive conversations a lot of that going around he is instead watching television and calling friends this person said president continues to complain that his lawyers are not protecting him and that deputy attorney general rod rosenstein who is supervising the probe is up to mischief said the person who spoke to trump in recent days philip can you shed any light on what mischief rosenstein is up to and help us fill in the blanks here well brian i think what's happening here is is twofold first of all the white house staff the people working in the government john kelly don mcgann and others frankly would rather not be a part of these russia discussions they don't want to have anything to do with with the president's legal strategy with regard to the molar probe but the president feels increasingly emboldened to make his own decisions to act as his own lawyer his own counsel his own strategists his own pr specialist if it were he feels comfortable in his job he wants to call his shots and he wants to handle this muller probe as he sees fit which is by with these tweets that he had over the weekend.
"don mcgann" Discussed on The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell
"What don mcgann don mcgann the yet notes don mcgann maybe took about things that he talked with donald trump because this listen to donald trump's friends on tv have a point in a sense because what are you know that make no him he's going to be asked mr trump why did you fire james colmey he's gonna either have to say what he said the lester holt or say something else and then you'll say mr trump why did you tell lister hold on television that you fired him because of russia and he's gonna have to explain that had to say mr trump did you order the white house counsel to fire james comey we've got the answer that and if he answer something different than don mcgann and said or the dawn begins notes say he's already in trouble and if so he's either going to tell the truth and get in trouble we've got to live which is a crime so that so his plans that are on tv or not crazy here he's going to be asked mr trump did you fire the if he answers him i fired him because he quit my golf club nobody credible is going to believe that i wanted him fired because he quit my golf club so he's got a problem if he goes in that room well it's no one go michael flynn is already that rally model are going to go ahead what does this to hear the president's calculation and we we understand what the lawyers lawyer lawyers going to make certain set of recommendations but we all know that in the end donald trump is going to make a decision here based on possibly his lawyers advice or possibly as friends on tv advice we don't know he's gonna make the decision he now knows that he's going to be interviewed by a special prosecutor who knows that the president tried to fire him rule he submit to that interview i don't think so i don't think he'll do it soon and that's because the main thing he fears is muller's bare minimum muller's bare minimum here is some kind of live testimony about the obstruction where there's criminal sanctions for lying either perjury or thousand and one thing that that tripped up flynn and that's the thing that that.
"don mcgann" Discussed on The 11th Hour with Brian Williams
"Known only one fbi director your entire life on earth yeah that's right and i think he obviously didn't understand that when he fired jim colmey whether he's learned that now you know it's hard to say it's hard to conclude from this report that trump ordered sessions to do this trump and sessions they don't have the closest relationship you can see sessions almost taking his cues from trump's tweets and public statements may be from the white house counsel don mcgann but sessions potentially is urging chris wray to do this on his own as a way to get himself back in trump's good graces we just don't know if trump ordered this on down the chain or if there's some distance between him and this is jeff sessions freelancing that would tell us a lot of what you're trying to get at in terms of whether or not donald trump has learned from the mistake of a firing jim kolbe but it's safe to say that chris wray in demanding saying that he wasn't going to do this and threatening to resign himself not only did he send a message to the fbi into the rank and file officers about his respect for the importance of the room oh of on an independent intelligence community and and blonde forcement agency he also protected this white house from what would have been potentially another huge selfinflicted wound in the midst of this on ongoing investigation that is also about obstruction of justice and the obstruction of justice portion of which does centre largely on the firing of jim colmey frank this talk about the fbi the way will referring to it the attack it's been under from the president all without precedent what do you think the effect has been on morale and let's start with the rank and file.