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"general mcgann" Discussed on The Lawfare Podcast

The Lawfare Podcast

25:50 min | 1 year ago

"general mcgann" Discussed on The Lawfare Podcast

"Trump had directed mcgann to have Robert Muller fired and that mcgann had threatened to resign rather than carry out the order. The story doesn't look good trump junior obviously thinking that if this gets out the emails got out it will show the conversation was more than about a adoption of Russian children so you want to add that qualifier to it done junior the Russian government but it was not a campaign issue at the time and and there was no follow up I was also asked to attend the meeting by an acquaintance but was not told the name of the person that would be meeting beforehand so there's no mentioned Hillary Clinton there's no mention of derogatory information there's also importantly no mention of the trump campaign being told that the meeting was predicated on the sort of the Russian government's desire to help the trump campaign all of that is left out of the statement but those are all facts that certainly trump junior knows and that hope Hicks knows because of that when she had read the emails a short while later while still on Air Force One Hicks learned that priebus knew about the emails which further convinced her that additional information Asian would leak and the White House should get in front of the story Hicks urged the president that they should be fully transparent but he again said no telling Hicks you've given a statement we're done there's one problem with trump's plan to say that the meeting was just about adoptions and that's that anyone familiar with US Russia relations knows that adoptions is code for the Magnitsky Act here's Senator Sheldon Whitehouse questioning Kremlin critic bill browder about the connection a conversation with an American about adoptions is a conversation really about what about the Magnitsky Act the Magnitsky Act was passed Putin retaliated by banning the adoption of Russian orphans nobody was talking about adoption they were talking about the repeal of sanctions so that Russian torturers and murderers could freely travel and keep their money in America adoption is in effect code to Russians for talking about lifting sanctions that's correct so when vessel guy is saying we want to talk about adoptions she's really saying is we want to talk about lifting the Magnitsky Act which of course would be a politically explosive thing if that were known of course at the time the Russians were lobbying potential nominee to try and lift that and he was doing so possible in exchange for dirt on Hillary Clinton so this very kind of limited message that the president is trying to focus on adoptions ends up actually exposing what was really at work here which was the Russian effort to try and essentially get the trump campaign to agree that if it if Donald Trump won that he would be amenable to lifting sanctions on Russian News on July Eleventh Donald Trump junior learns the New York Times is about to publish the content of his emails which show the prior statement to be false he tries to get ahead of the story by posting the messages himself information saying this this is obviously very high level and sensitive information but it is Russia and its governments support for Mr Trump Donald trump junior response by saying this it seems we have some time and if it's what you say it especially later in the summit on July eleventh two thousand seventeen trump junior posted redacted images of the emails up the meeting on twitter after being told that the Times was about to publish the content of the emails when the information becomes public and in uh-huh public because Don Jr. actually publishes all of the email so there's your answer to will the emails leaked dodging your publish them today Donald Trump junior released exchange of e mails in which he accepts what's purported to be an offer of help from the Russian government in his father's campaign against Hillary Clinton later that day the media reported that the president had been personally involved in preparing trump junior's initial statement that claim that the meeting primarily concerned a program about the adoption of Russian children over the next several days the president's personal counsel repeatedly and inaccurately denied the the president played any role in drafting trump junior's statement the White House press secretary eventually concedes that trump weighed in on the statement but in insist that he didn't dictate it he didn't he certainly didn't dictate but you know Y- like I said he weighed in offered suggestion like any father with several and slater the president's personal counsel stated in a private communication to the special counsel's office that quote the president dictated a short but accurate response wants to the New York Times article on behalf of his son Donald trump junior unquote the president later tells the press that it's irrelevant whether he dictates the statement dictate the statement about Donald. Let's not talk about you know what that is making irrelevant it's a statement to the New York Times the phony failing New York Times just a minute to clear it's not a statement to a high tribunal of judges under such a statement to the phony New York right on July nineteenth two thousand seventeen the president had his followup meeting with Louis Taos Ski and then met with reporters for the New York Times in addition to criticizing sessions in his times interview the president addressed the June ninth two thousand sixteen meeting and said he didn't know anything about the meeting time call up by the way we have information on your opponent I think most politicians I was just with a lot of people they said you've taken immediately Muller analyzes the Saul for obstruction of justice but he says it is unclear whether there really is an obstructive act here so when it comes to him for and his team to assess whether this kind of dissembling and message strategy by the White House and this deflection constitutes in obstructive act they go through and they recount all of the things that the president did to limit the statement to try and prevent the emails from getting out we're at the time the Senate Intelligence Committee had given a request for documents so this question arises was the president doing something to try and withhold these documents these emails would clearly be within and the ambit of the Senate Intelligence Request from the Committee and what Muller essentially finds is while the president was dissembling to the press and not telling the all story publicly there was no evidence that he did anything to try and stop the emails from being handed over to the Senate Intelligence Committee and there's no evidence that he tried to Stop the emails from being handed over to the probe so if we think of what the president is obstructing it's not so much obstructing an investigation here it's more that he's obstructing the truth for I'm coming out and of course later when asked about this the pre president memorably says that essentially it's not a crime to lie to the Times each of these efforts by the president involved his communications team was directed at the press but the evidence does not establish that the president took steps to prevent the emails or other information about the June ninth meeting from being provided to Congress or the special counsel and Miller says that because trump didn't attempt to prevent disclosure to congress or the special counsel there probably isn't a nexus to a preceding either an intent is a problem to clearly the evidence shows that he was in intending to not let the public find out a about this meeting that his campaign had with Russians in July twenty sixteen and see that he didn't want the emails documenting that information that meeting to get out publicly so there was intent to obscure this that is very different from an intent to withhold information from investigation or to try and obstruct that investigation by lying to investigators or by withholding documents that they clearly had to have so when Muller is talking about the obstructive act here as it relates to a criminal action clearly this does not meet the tests Donald Trump was trying to keep the public from finding out this information about the meeting at trump tower but there's no evidence that he did anything to try and stop investigators from in their course of their official duties from learning about the meeting unlike other episodes of possible obstruction we've looked at thus far muller says on this one the president's off the hook there's no obstruction of justice here while all of this is going on trump hasn't forgotten his ongoing campaign to pressure Jeff sessions to UNRIG cues and to limit Muller's investigation from the summer of two thousand seventeen through twenty eighteen trump keeps trying to get sessions to take control of Muller's and cessation and he doesn't just want the attorney general to end the investigation into his own campaign he wants sessions to turn around and investigate Hillary Clinton in stat at some point after the May seventeenth two thousand seventeen appointment the special counsel sessions recalled the president called him at home and asked if sessions would unr- accused himself according to sessions the president asked him to reverse his refusal so that sessions could wrecked the Department of Justice to investigate and prosecute Hillary Clinton and the gist of the conversation was that the president wanted sessions to unr- accused from all of it including the special counsels Russia investigation sessions listened but did not respond and he did not reverse his refusal or for an investigation of Clinton here's Mike Schmidt of the New York Times trump realizes the importance of who is overseeing the Gatien being such a crucial thing to what will happen with inquiry he tries different ways to push session the two UNR- accused he tries to get sessions to tap down muller to four smaller you look at other matters and he's essentially doing all this while holding sessions's job over his head sessions knows that the president upset with him and wants to get rid of him as attorney general and trump is calling sessions or cornering him in the Oval Office and Liam that he should be prosecuting Hillary Clinton trump keeps this up for many months throughout twenty seventeen to twenty eighteen and it is really trying to bend sessions to his will and ultimately fails but that stuff also becomes an important part of the report art and it chose continued sustained effort by the president to get the top law enforcement official in the country too help him in what looks like a political way to help him curtail the Russian investigation and go after his enemies and it's a pretty stark exam apple of the president once again breaking at least norms to you know views law enforcement as a tool as a political tool trump starts to focus on the question of whom I oversee the investigation if you were to push out sessions deputy the and currently overseeing Mueller Rod Rosenstein after the deputy attorney general the next person in line is the Associate Attorney General Rachel brand and trump wants to know if she'll be on his side here's Rosalind Helderman of the Washington Post yes a Rachel brand was the third in command that time at the Department of Justice it was jeff sessions sessions had recused himself it was then Rod Rosenstein the deputy attorney general and then it was Rachel Brand she was apparently something of a personal friend of Rob Porter and so trump starts asking poorer what do you know about Rachel brand what do you think about her do you think that she would be on side you think she would be on our team is not just that he's angry at sessions it's not that he thinks that sessions has been ineffective attorney general he wants to take control of the Russia investigation certainly that's how rob porter interpreted it at the time that's why he later tells molars investigators that he understood that the reason why I was asking about Rachel brand is he was trying to find out if he could decapitate sessions and Rosenstein put in brand as attorney general and if she would the kind of attorney general he wanted who would then be not recused and in charge of the Russia investigation and Porter's response to this as we see again and again not to tell the president this is inappropriate but just not to do it. Undeterred trump keeps fuming over sessions recusals and wondering how to get someone else to oversee the investigation mcgann recalled that during the summer of two thousand seventeen he and the president discussed the fact that if sessions were no longer in his position the special counsel would report directly to a non recused attorney general mcgann told the president that things might not change much under a new attorney Ernie General mcgann also recalled that in or around July two thousand seventeen the president frequently brought up his displeasure with sessions trump keeps working on sessions himself as well again he pushes sessions to recuse and to direct an investigation into Hillary Clinton's emails on October sixteenth two thousand seventeen the president met privately with sessions said the Department of Justice was not investigating individuals and events that the president the thought.

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"general mcgann" Discussed on The Report

The Report

10:04 min | 1 year ago

"general mcgann" Discussed on The Report

"Rod Rosenstein after the deputy attorney general the next person in line is the Associate Attorney General Rachel brand and trump wants to know if she'll be on his side here's Rosalind Helderman of the Washington Post yes a Rachel brand was the third in command that time at the Department of Justice it was jeff sessions sessions had recused himself it was then Rod Rosenstein the deputy attorney general and then it was Rachel Brand she was apparently something of a personal friend of Rob Porter and so trump starts asking poorer what do you know about Rachel brand what do you think about her do you think that she would be on aside you think she would be on our team is not just that he's angry at sessions it's not that he thinks that sessions has been ineffective attorney general he wants to take control of the Russia investigation certainly that's how rob porter interpreted it at the time that's why he later tells molars investigators that he understood that the reason why I was asking about Rachel brand is he was trying to find out if he could decapitate sessions and Rosenstein put in brand as attorney general and if she would the kind of attorney general he wanted who would then be not recused and in charge of the Russia investigation and Porter's response to this as we see again and again not to tell the president this is inappropriate but just not to do it undeterred trump keeps fuming over sessions recusals and wondering how to get someone else to oversee the investigation mcgann recalled that during the summer of two thousand seventeen he and the president discussed the fact that if sessions were no longer in his position the special counsel would report directly to a non recused attorney general mcgann told the president that things might not change much under a new attorney Ernie General mcgann also recalled that in or around July two thousand seventeen the president frequently brought up his displeasure with sessions trump keeps working on sessions himself as well again he pushes sessions to recuse and to direct an investigation into Hillary Clinton's emails on October sixteenth two thousand seventeen the president met privately with sessions said the Department of Justice was not investigating individuals and events that the president I thought the department should be investigating according to contemporaneous notes taken by porter who was at the meeting the president mentioned Clinton's emails and Ed don't have to tell us just take a look sessions did not offer any assurances or promises to the president that the Department of Justice would comply with that request two days later on October eighteenth two thousand seventeen the president tweeted wow FBI confirms report that James Comey drafted letter exonerating Crooked Hillary Clinton long before investigation was complete many people not interviews including Clinton Herself Komi stated under oath that he didn't do this obviously affects where is justice dept on October over twenty nine th two thousand seventeen the president tweeted that there was anger and unity over a lack of investigation of Clinton and the Komi fix and concluded do something here was the president saying that someone that just burned his declined to prosecute in Hillary Clinton should be prosecuted and essentially that the facts in that case do not matter that she should be put behind bars because she's just a bad person it's using law enforcement as a tool for your political benefit or your survival it's different because it's pro oh active obstruction is a defensive move I'm trying to protect myself from an investigation I'm trying to protect myself from getting into more trouble or the folks around me this is proactive this is going on the attack with the power of government that is certainly something that amongst both parties had become unaccept- missile in the Post Watergate era in late two thousand seventeen after Michael Flynn plead guilty to charges of lying to federal investigators trump meets again recessions tonight the ongoing Russia investigation has reached president trump's innermost circle trump's former national security adviser Michael Flynn seventeen five days after Flynn pleaded guilty to lying about his contacts with the Russian government the president asked to speak with sessions in the Oval Office at the end of a cabinet meeting during that Oval Office meeting which porter attended the president again suggested that sessions could unr- accuse which porter linked to taking back supervision of the Russia investigation and directing an investigation of Hillary Clinton according to contemporaneous notes taken by quarter the president said I don't know if you could UNR- accuse yourself you'd be a hero not telling you to do anything Dershowitz says police can get involved can order a g to investigate I don't want to get involved I'm not going to get involved I'm not going to do anything or direct you to do anything I just want to be treated fairly according to Porter's notes sessions responded we are taking steps whole new leadership team nationals will operate according to the law sessions also said I never saw anything that was improper which porter thought was noteworthy because it did not fit with the previous discussion about Clinton Porter understood sessions to be reassuring the president that he was on the president's team here's Matt's up at Tuskegee of the Washington Post there are a couple of personal conversations between trump and session it's not just hey can we can you UNR- accuse and one conversation he mentioned sessions on recusing and said you'd be a hero you know he thinks to the Republican base sessions would be hero but in in this instance too it's not just that he wants sessions to kind of violate a separate recusals so sessions had said at his confirmation in hearing so this should have been in no surprise to the president that he would be recused from any Clinton email business the president now is asking him to investigate his political opponents ended up giving a noncommittal response but not agreeing to do that and that seems to be Sion's kind of tack here in one conversation I trump is ranting about his various political opponents and how they're not being investigated in the FBI and sessions kind of eggs leash vaguely assures him we've got new we've got new leadership in place we've got new leadership in place but he doesn't commit to investigating political opponents at the end of December the president told The New York Times it was too bad that sessions had recused himself from the Russia investigation trump declined to talk about sessions but said holder protected President Obama totally protected him when you look at the irs scandal when you look at the guns for whatever when you look at all the tremendous real problems they had I had not made up problems like Russian collusion when you look at the things that they did holder protected the president and I have great respect for that I'll be honest I have great respect for that that strike you as odd my later in January the president brought up the idea of replacing sessions and told porter that he wanted to clean house at the Department of Justice in a meeting in the White House residence that porter attended on January twenty seventh two thousand eighteen the president said that one of his biggest failing says president was that he had not surrounded himself with good attorneys citing sessions as an example the president raised sessions his refusal and brought up and criticized the special counsel's investigation the Justice Department has two functions one is kind of implementing some of the awed policy goals of the Justice Department and wouldn't be wrong or inappropriate for president trump to institute his policy agenda at the Justice Department the other is kind of his independent and law enforcement function investigating and prosecuting crimes and it is very unusual for the president to even comment on that kind of work let alone to specifically order them to do things or ask them to do things so all of this asking sessions to investigate his political opponents pressuring him to UNR- accuse threatening to fire him it creates this toxic and as far as I know unparalleled relationship tween the president and the Justice Department over the next several months the president continued to criticize session in tweets and media interviews and on several occasions appeared to publicly encourage him to take action in the Russia investigation despite his refusal in a new fiery tweet Mr Trump is rushing out yet again this time sarcastically quoting session statement from Thursday which said the Justice Department quote will not be improperly influenced by political considerations trump adding to that this morning Jeff this is great what everyone wants so look into all of the corruption on the other side adding in a second tweet come on Jeff you can do it the country is waiting but sessions seems to be making it clear he won't be bullied it's relentless covering the Justice Department at times it felt like it was daily and at times it felt like it was so much you would lose sight of just how remarkable it was just every day some new tweets sometimes it's about you know his political opponents and why why sessions.

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"general mcgann" Discussed on On One with Angela Rye

On One with Angela Rye

13:07 min | 1 year ago

"general mcgann" Discussed on On One with Angela Rye

"Informing me that I am not under investigation concerning. What I've often stated is a fabricated story on the Trump Russia relationship pertaining to the twenty sixteen presidential election. Please be informed that I in, I've leave the American public, including dis NR's have lost faith in you, as director of their BI, following dinner Miller, prepared, a termination letter based on those notes and research. He conducted to support the president's arguments over the weekend. The president provided civil rounds of edits on the draft letter Miller said the president was adamant that he not tell anyone at the White House, what they were preparing because the president was worried about leaks. In his discussions with Miller, the president made clear that he wanted the letter to open with a reference to him, not being under investigation in his discussions with Miller. The president made clear that he wanted the letter to open with the reference to him being under best, Gatien Miller said, he believed that fact was important to the president to show the Komi was not being terminated based on any such investigation. According to Miller, the president wanted to stab as a factual matter that Komi had been under a review period and did not have insurance from the president, that he would be permitted to keep his jar the final version of the termination letter prepared by Miller in the president began in a way that closely tracked what the president had dictated to Miller at the make dinner, dear director Komi, while I greatly appreciate appreciate your informing me on three separate occasions that I am not under best Gatien concerning the fabricated and politically motivated allegations of Trump. Russia relationships with respect to the twenty sixteen presidential election. Please be informed that I along with members of both political parties in most importantly, the American public have lost faith in you, as the director of the FBI in, you are hereby terminated. The four-page letter went onto critique commes judgment in conduct, including his Maitha. Testimony. Before the Senate Judiciary committee, his handling of the Clinton Email investigation and his failure to hold leaguers accountable. The letter stated that Komi had asked the president at dinner shortly after Naga ration- to let Komi stay on in the director's role and the president said that he would consider it, but the president has concluded that he had no alternative but to find a leadership for the bureau, a leader that restores confidence interest. In the morning of Monday may twenty seventeen. The president met in the Oval Office was senior advisors hoodie, Mcgann. Previous Imola and inform them. He had decided to terminate Komi, the president read aloud the first paragraph of the termination letter. He wrote with Miller in convey, the decision had been made was not up for discussion. The president told the group that Miller had researched the issue in determine the president had the authority to terminate Komi without cause in an effort to slow down the decision-making process Maganto, the president the deal, Jay leadership was currently discussing Komi status as suggested that White House counsel, office attorney ship talk with sessions in rod Rosenstein, who had recently been confirmed as the deputy attorney general Mcgann said that previously scheduled meetings with sessions in Rosenstein that day would be an opportunity to find out what they thought about firing Komi at noon sessions, Rosenstein in hunt mitt with began than White House counsel's office attorney who Tom Dillon at the White House, Mcgann said that the president had decided fire Komi in ask for sessions in Rosensteins views sessions, an Rosenstein criticize Komi into not raise concerns. About replacing him. Mcgann? Dylan said the fact that neither sessions nor Rosenstein objected to replace in Komi gave them peace of mind that the president's decision to fire Comey was mad at attempt to obstruct Justice an Oval Office meeting was scheduled later that day, so that sessions and Rosenstein could discuss the issue with the president at around five AM the president in several White House officials met with Komi Rosenstein to discuss Komi. The president told the group if he had watched comas may third testimony over the weekend thought, it's something was not right with Komi. The president said that Komi should be removed and half sessions and Rosenstein for their views hunt. Who's in the room recalled that sessions responded that he had previously recommended that Colmey be replaced Mcgann Dylan said Rosenstein described his concerns about Komi hand commes, handling of the Clinton Email investigation. The president then distributed copies of the termination letter. He drafted with Miller and the discussion, turn to the mechanics of how to foamy and whether the president's letter should be used again. Dylan urged the president to permit Komi to resign, but the president was adamant that he be fired the group discussed the possibility that Rosenstein of sessions could provide a recommendation in writing that Kobe Komi should be removed. Removed, the president agreed and told Rosenstein to draft a memorandum the said he wanted to receive it first thing, the next morning, hunts notes reflected, the president told Rosenstein into included his recommendation, the fact that Komi her refused to confirm that the president was not personally under investigation, according to notes taken by a senior DOJ official of Rosensteins description of his meeting with the president. The president said, put the Russia Steph in the memo Rosenstein responded that the Russia investigation was not the basis of his recommendation, so he did not think Russia should be mentioned. The president told Rosenstein he would appreciate it. If Rosenstein put it in his letter anyway, when Rosenstein left the meeting, he knew that commie would be terminated any told DOJ colleagues that his own reasons for replacing Komi were not the president's reason. On may knife hot delivered to the White House, a letter from sessions, recommending comas removal and a memorandum from Rosenstein addressed to the attorney general, titled restoring public confidence in the FBI, Mcgann recalled that the president like the OJ letters in agreed that they should provide the nation for a new cover letter from the president accepting the recommendation to terminate Komi notes taken by Donaldson on may night reflected, the view of the White House counsel's office that the president original termination, litter should not see the light of day, and that it would be better to offer. No other rationales for the firing than what was in Rosen, scenes in sessions memoranda, the president asked Miller to draft intermission letter and erected Miller to stay in the letter though, and directed Miller to say in the letter, they Komi head informed. The president three times that he was not under investigation Mcgann. Previous N Dylan objected to, including that language. But the president insisted that it be included Mcgann previous and others. Perceive that language to be the most important part of the letter to the President Bill in made a final pitch to the president, that Komi should be permitted to resign. But the president refused around the time, the president's letter was finalized, previous summoned Spicer in the press team to the Oval Office, where they were told that Komi hidden terminated for the reason stated in the letters by Rosen seen sessions to announce commes termination. The White House released a statement, which previous thought had been dictated by the president in full the statement, read today, president Donald J Trump informed. If beyond director Komi that he has been terminated in removed from office. President Trump acted based on based on the clear recommendations of both deputy attorney general rod Rosenstein in attorney general Jeff Sessions. At that evening. FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe was summoned to meet with the president at the White House. The president told McKay, the fired Komi because of the decisions Komi had made in the Clinton Email investigation, and for many other reasons, the president asked McCabe, if he was aware that Komi had told the president three times that he was not under investigation. The president also has McCague whether many people in the eye disliked combing in whether McCabe was part of the resistance that disagreed with commes decision decisions in the Clinton investigations. Mckay told the president that he knew Komi told the president. He was not under vista Gatien that most people in the I felt positively about Komi, and that McCabe worked very closely with Komi was part of all the decisions that have been made in the Clinton investigation. Later that evening, the president told his communication team, he was unhappy with the press cover of Komi, sermon nation in order them to go out and defend him. The president also called Chris Christie in Cording to Christie said he was getting killed in the press compensation. The president asked what he should do. Kristie asked did you fire homey, because of rod road in the memo and the president responded? Yes. Christie said that the president should get right out there in have him defend the decision the press the president told Christie that this was a good idea. Instead he was gonna call Rosenstein right away that night. The White House press office called the department of Justice and said, the White House wanted to put out a statement saying that it was Rosensteins idea to fire Komi Rosen seen told other deal Jay officials that he would not participate in putting out a false story. The president, then called roses. Seen directly and said he was watching Fox News that the coverage have been great. And then he wanted Rosenstein to do a press conference Rosenstein responded that this was not a good idea. Because if the press asked him, he would tell the truth that combs firing was mad his idea sessions, also informed, the White House counsel's office that, that evening, the Rosenstein was upset that his memorandum was being portrayed as the reason for combs termination, in an unplanned press conference late in the evening of may night, twenty seventeen Spicer told reporters it was all Rosenstein no-one from the White House. It was a deal Jay decision that evening and the next morning White House officials and spokespeople continue to maintain that the president is decision to terminate Komi was driven by the recommendations, the president received from Rosenstein in sessions in the morning on may ten twenty seventeen President Trump met with Russian Foreign Minister. Sergei lab, Roth in Russian ambassador. Sergei Kislyak in the oval off the media, subsequently reported that during the may tint meeting. The president brought up his decision. The prior data terminate Komi telling Laverov in Kislyak, I just fired the head of the FBI. He was crazy a real nut job. I faced great pressure, because of Russia that's taken off on that under investigation. The president never denied making those statements in the White House, did not dispute the account instead, issuing a statement by grandstanding in publicizing the investigation into Russia's actions. James Comi created unnecessary pressure on our ability to engage. Immigratio it with Russia. The investigation would have always continued. In the termination of Komi would not have ended it once again, the real story is that our national security has been undermined by the leaking of private and highly fast, by information hick said that when she told the president about the reports on his meeting with Labra. He did not look concern said, if Komi heat is crazy Mcgann asked the president about his comments celebre. The president said it was good that communist fired because that's the pressure off by making it clear that he was not under investigation, so he could get more work than that same morning on may tenth twenty.

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"general mcgann" Discussed on C-SPAN Radio

C-SPAN Radio

07:38 min | 1 year ago

"general mcgann" Discussed on C-SPAN Radio

"Faith in us. The director of the FBI and you are hereby terminated. The four page letter, went on to critique, komo's judgment and conduct, including his may third testimony before the Senate Judiciary committee. His handling of the Clinton Email investigation and his failure to hold leakers accountable. The letter stated the Komi ask the president at dinner shortly after inauguration to let Komi stay on in the director's role. And the president said that he would consider it, but the president had concluded that he had no alternative to but to find new leadership for the bureau a leader that restores confidence and trust in the morning of Monday, eight twenty seventeen the president met in the Oval Office was senior advisors, including again, primp previous, and Miller and inform them that he had decided to terminate Komi, the president read aloud the first paragraphs of the termination letter he wrote with Miller and conveyed that the decision had been made and was not up for discussion. The president told the group that Miller had researched the issue in determined the president had the authority to terminate Komi without cause in an effort to slow down the decision-making process. Mcgann told the president, the DOJ leadership was currently, discussing Kony's status and suggested that White House counsel's office attorneys should talk with sessions and rod Rosenstein who had recently been confirmed as the deputy. Attorney general mcgann's bed that previously scheduled meetings with sessions and Rosenstein to date that day would be an opportunity to find out what they thought about firing combing at noon sessions, Rosenstein, and hunt met with Mcgann and White House counsel's office attorney who Tom Dylan at the White House, Mcgann said that the president had decided to fire Comey and asked for sessions and Rosenstein views sessions and Rosenstein, criticized Komi and did not raise concerns about replacing him Mcgann. And Dylan said that the president's decision to fire Comey was not an I'm sorry again. And Dylan said that the fact that neither sessions nor Rosenstein of jets replacing Comi gave them peace of mind that the president's decision to fire Comey was not an attempt to strip Justice and Oval Office meeting was scheduled later that day so that sessions in Rosenstein could discuss the issue with the president at around five pm the president and several White House officials met with sessions in Rosenstein to discuss Komi, the president told the group that he had watched Comey's may three testimony. Over the weekend. And thought that something was not right with Komi the president said that should be removed and especially in Rosenstein for their views hunt, who was in the room recalled the sessions responded that he had previously recommended that Colmey be replaced Mcgann and Dylan said Rosenstein described his concerns about Comey's handling of the Clinton Email investigation. The president then distributed copies of the termination letter he had drafted with Miller. And this question, turn to the mechanics of how to fire Comey, and whether the president's letter should be used Mcgann. And Dylan urge the president to permit coming to resign, but the president was adamant that he'd be fired the group discussed the possibility that Rosenstein inspections could provide a recommendation writing that companies should be removed. The president agreed and told Rosenstein to draft a memorandum but said he wanted to receive it first thing the next morning, hunts notes reflected, the president told Rosenstein to include in his recommendation, the fact that Komi had refused to confirm that the president was not personally under investigation, according to notes taken by a scene. DOJ official of Rosenstein subscription of his meeting with the president. The president said, put the Russia stuff in the memo Rosenstein responded that the Russian investigation was not the basis of his recommendation, so he did not think Russia should be mentioned. The president told Rosenstein who would appreciate it if Russia Rosenstein put it in his letter anyway, when Rosenstein left the meeting, he knew the Komi would be terminated. And he told DOJ con colleagues that his own reasons for replacing Komi were not the president's reasons on may ninth hunt delivered to the White House, a letter from sessions recommending combs removal and a memorandum from Rosenstein address to the attorney general, titled restoring public confidence in the FBI, Mcgann recalled that the president like the DOJ letters and agreed that they should provide the foundation for a new cover letter from the president accepting the recommendation to terminate Komi notes taken by Donaldson on may ninth reflected, the view of the White House counsel's office at the president's original termination, letters should not see the light of day. And that would be better to. Offer. No other rationales for the finding then what was in Rosenstein sessions memoranda. The president asked Miller to draft a new termination letter and directed Miller to stay in the letter that Komi at informed the president three times that he was not under investigation, Mcgann previous and Dylan objected to, including that language. But the president insisted that it be included. Mcgann Priebus and others. Perceive that language to be the most important part of the letter to the President Bill and made a final pitch to the president, that Komi should be presented permitted to resign. But the president refused around the time, the president's letter was finalized Priebus and Spicer, and the press team to the Oval Office, where they were told the Komi adventure mandated for the reason stated in the letters by Rosenstein, and sessions to announce Comey's termination. The White House released a statement, which previous thought had been dictated by the president. In full, the statement, read today, president Donald J Trump informed FBI director James Comey, that he'd been terminated and removed from office. President Trump acted base. Based on the clear recommendations of both deputy attorney general rod Rosenstein and attorney general Jeff Sessions that evening to FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe was summoned to meet with the president at the White House. The president told McCabe that he had fired Komi, because of the decisions Komi had made in the Clinton Email investigation. And for many other reasons, the president asked McCabe, if he was aware that Komi told the president three times that he was not under investigation. The president also asked McCabe, whether many people in the FBI, disliked Komi, and whether McCabe was part of the resistance that had disagreed with komo's decisions in the Clinton investigation became told the president, that he knew Kobe had told the president, he was not under investigation that most people in the FBI felt positively about Komi, and that McCabe work very closely with Komi was part of all the decisions that had been made in the Clinton investigation later that evening, the president told his communications team, he was unhappy with the press coverage of Comey's termination, and ordered them to go out. Defend him. The president also called Chris Christie, and according to Christie said he was getting killed in the press over combs termination. The president asked what he should do. Kristie asked did you fire Komi because of what rod wrote in the memo and the president responded? Yes Christie said that the president should get rod out there and have them defend the decision. The president told Christie this was a good idea, and he was going to call Rosenstein right away. That night, the White House press office called the department of Justice and said that the White House wanted to put out a statement saying that it was Rosenstein idea to fire. Combing Rosenstein told other DOJ officials that he would not put participate in putting out a false story. The president, then called Rosenstein directly and said he was watching Fox News that the coverage have been great, and that he wanted Rosenstein to do a press conference Rosenstein responded. This was not a good idea because of the press staff press, ask him, he would tell the truth that komo's firing was not his idea. Especially also informed, the White House counsel's office. That evening. That Rosenstein was upset that his memoranda was being portrayed as the reason for Comey's termination apologize for interrupting the house. Democrats are reading the mullahs report, the entire unredacted portion. This has been going on throughout much of the day, as we hear a C span radio onto our regularly scheduled program for the show..

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"general mcgann" Discussed on The Beat with Ari Melber

The Beat with Ari Melber

04:08 min | 1 year ago

"general mcgann" Discussed on The Beat with Ari Melber

"It's happening. A take a look. I was going to fire. Call me knowing there was no good time to do. And in fact, when I decided to just do it. I said to myself, I said, you know. This rusher thing with Trump and Russia is a made up story. It's an excuse by the Democrats for having lost an election that they should have one. Near. I mean, I don't understand why this isn't just another example of obstruction of Justice using the department of Justice to essentially retaliate and punish a central witness to your possible crime. I mean, remember Komi is the person who Trump was basically talking to to discourage his investigation. I don't know why I mean, obviously, this is part of a pattern of obstruction of Justice. And I agree with your earlier assessment that this is likely to been something that special prosecutor Muller knows and has special Muller knows. But I think that as for the American public this is in nother element in a crime committed by possibly committed by the president of the United States, which we should obviously be deeply worried about right? Senator Senator I'm going to give you find a word. Let me show you one more him again in the context of Don Mcgann, which is Donald Trump again by the New York Times reporting did try to remove Bob Muller. It's Don Mcgann who basically stopped that when it was attempted in December. And Miller knows all that. Analyze that. As well. In the context of what we're learning as a final thought Senator. Well, I don't know that there's Justice here. What they're clearly is is we're on the line here abuse of power. This is something simply don't do in the United States. We don't use the mechanisms of government and the Justice department to punish political enemies. It is not something we do in our political culture. It's not something we do in our laws, but it does raise again right now, there's one thing to have Donald Trump. If he has if he has surrounded by people who contain his instincts, but with Whittaker as attorney general Mcgann gone as White House counsel and Kelly potentially going out the door wide of White House chief of staff, there's a big difference between Donald Trump surrounded by capable people who respect the constitution and Donald Trump on his own, and we are facing tonight, the nightmare of Donald Trump revisited on his own without restraints, and the store you're carrying tonight as an example of what an unrestrained Donald Trump can look like it abuse of power on a scale of two which this country is not a custom right? And that is so much more severe my thanks to Senator Torricelli? New attended. Nick, stay with me because I want wanna prosecutor to ride along with a reaction from congress tonight, a democratic congressman Mike Quigley who serves on the intelligence committee. Thanks for joining us on this important story, sir. Glad to be here. Thank you. Let me start with the question to you. What is the significance in this New York Times report? Do you see conduct that could be an element of obstruction? Or that is unlawful. I see. It depends exactly what Mr. mcgann's says to us. So I'm very interested in mister Mcgann testifying before congress. What were the circumstances? What exactly was said? How did he respond to the president talk to anyone else? How far this action go, obviously, what people need to understand the bigger picture is when the president said that he had complete control an authority over the Justice department. It wasn't just his belief that he could stop an investigation of himself or his friends. It also meant like a true autocrat. He could attack his enemies or those who disagreed with. Him this award narrowly dangerous, and you you mentioned Mcgann who's a lawyer they might they might try to invoke executive privilege the way they did with Steve Bannon and others to block that are you prepared when you take the gals in January to subpoena, Mr. Mcgann on these issues if he won't come voluntarily as a true team player. I'm going to work with the chairman to be Adam Schiff on the intelligence committee, and my colleagues there to come up with a working plan..

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"general mcgann" Discussed on The 11th Hour with Brian Williams

The 11th Hour with Brian Williams

03:45 min | 1 year ago

"general mcgann" Discussed on The 11th Hour with Brian Williams

"Broadcast. All our veteran guests and Michael begin with you is it notable that the time line on your story. This bring suggestion by the president puts us so deep into the Trump administration. Another. Way of saying so deep into the Russia investigation or so deep into the obstruction of Justice investigation the president despite the fact that they were looking at his interactions with the Justice department with the FBI how he may tried to impede. The rush investigation was undeterred and wanted to talk to Mcgann about this in wanted to figure out how he could put pressure on Hillary combing used the Justice department to do that. And it's a remarkable thing for any president to do. But especially one who's being looked at for obstruction of Justice, especially one where all of his aides are going into meet with Bob Muller about why the president did what he did in twenty seventeen. Why he tried to fire the attorney general in two thousand seventeen why he was trying to put a loyalist in charge of the Russian vested Gatien. So it's just another example how when Trump came to Washington he was not going to change who he was. He was not going to adapt to the sensibilities of Washington, and the sort of a product of it. So Mcgann says no rebuffs the president the president, obviously, still seething who. Is there Michael to do the rebuffing? Now, let's sort of a point that we make in the story he has an acting attorney general now who is clearly a loyalist to him someone that folks at the top of the Justice department would say doesn't deserve to be the attorney general doesn't have the credentials to be the attorney general someone that wouldn't be able to get confirmed to be the attorney general, but someone that the president feels comfortable with and things we'll be loyalty Mcgann is no longer there Mcgann for you know, has been criticized by a lot of people for maybe not stopping the Komi firing, and such but was a guardrail and did stop the president from doing a lot of things that may have been unethical or illegal again is obviously a witness in these special counsel's investigation. You know, he is given up enormous stuff about. What the president was doing behind the scenes in these important moments are looking at on obstruction? But they're gone. They're not there anymore. Sessions is not the attorney general Mcgann is not the White House counsel. And you know, the president has sort of lost. Some of these guardrails as more time goes on into his ministration, and perhaps he's more isolated or perhaps is more on his own. Joyce question to you. What happens when there isn't a Mcgann to stop the sort of thing. I think that that's exactly the right question. And it it could mean if the president continues down this path that he undermines the rule of law. The the most I think really shocking phrase in Mike story is when he talks about the president saying that he wanted to order the Justice department to to convene this investigation not investigation. But prosecution the president thought it was okay. For him to say, I want you to lock up my political opponents in this witness against me, and the idea that a president could do that would have. So little insight into how our system works that he truly would place himself above the rule of law. It's just appalling the idea that there might be no one left with an acting attorney general who is essentially said he's willing to do the president's heavy lifting in this area. No one there to stop. This president is truly frightening. Joyce. Let's assume this memo is deep in a Muller file. Having been gotten months ago..

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"general mcgann" Discussed on The Beat with Ari Melber

The Beat with Ari Melber

04:18 min | 1 year ago

"general mcgann" Discussed on The Beat with Ari Melber

"I mean, I don't understand why this isn't just another example of obstruction of Justice using the department of Justice to essentially retaliate and punish a central witness to your possible crime. I mean, remember Komi is the person who Trump was basically talking to to discourage his investigation. I don't know why I mean, obviously, this is part of a pattern of obstruction of Justice. And I agree with your earlier assessment that this is likely to been something that special prosecutor Muller knows and had a special Muller knows. But I think that as for the American public. This is another element in crime committed by possibly committed by the president of the United States, which we should obviously be deeply worried about right. Senator Senator I'm gonna give you find a word. Let me show you one more again in the context of Don Mcgann, which is Donald Trump again by the New York Times reporting did try to remove Bob Muller. It's Don Mcgann who basically stopped that when it was attempted in December and Muller knows all that. Analyze that. As well. In the context of what we're learning as a final thought Senator. But I don't know that there's Justice there what they're clearly is is we're on the line here of abuse of power. This is something simply don't do in the United States. We don't use the mechanisms of government and the Justice department to punish political enemies. It is not something we do in. Our political culture is not something we do in our laws, but it does raise again right now, there's one thing to have Donald Trump. If he has if he has surrounded by people who contain his instincts, but with Whittaker as attorney general Mcgann gone is White House counsel and Kelly potentially going out the door wide of White House chief of staff, there's a big difference between Donald Trump surrounded by capable people who respect the constitution and Donald Trump on his own, and we are facing tonight, the nightmare of Donald Trump revisited on his own without restraints and the store you're carrying tonight as an example of what an unrestrained Donald Trump can look like it abuse of power on a scale of to which this country. Is not a custom. Right. And that is so much more severe my thanks to Senator towards Sally new attended. Nick, stay with me because I wanna prosecutor to ride along with a reaction from congress tonight, a democratic congressman Mike Quigley who serves on the intelligence committee. Thanks for joining us on this important story, sir. Glad to be here. Thank you. Let me start with the question to you. What is the significance in this New York Times report? Do you see conduct that could be an element of obstruction? Or that is unlawful. I see. It depends exactly what Mr. mcgann's says to us. So I'm very interested in mister Mcgann testifying before congress. What were the circumstances? What exactly was said? How did he respond to the president talked to anyone else? How far this action go? Obviously, what people need to understand the bigger picture is when the president said that he had complete control authority over the Justice department. It wasn't just his belief that he could stop an investigation of himself or his friends. It also. Like, a true autocrat? He could attack his enemies or those who disagreed with him this award narrowly dangerous, and you and you mentioned Mcgann who's a lawyer they might they might try to invoke executive privilege the way they did with Steve Bannon and others to block that are you prepared when you take the gals in January to subpoena, Mr. Mcgann on these issues if he will come voluntarily as a true team player. I'm going to work with the chairman to be Adam Schiff on the intelligence committee, and my colleagues there to come up with a working plan. How do we go forward? Where is the molar investigation at that time, whereas the house investigations, so I take I take that as a answer, and I understand moving dishes le-, let me play for you as well as we look at the import of this story James Komi who what everyone thinks of him, and I've criticized him with regard to some of his government tenure there is never been any evidence whatsoever. Any grounds for any kind of criminal investigation. That is only according to this reporting that Donald Trump wanted to black ball an opponent and someone that was dangerous to him in the probe the probe..

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