NYT: Trump Has Asked Russian Probe Witnesses What Was Discussed With Special Counsel Investigators

NYT: Trump Has Asked Russian Probe Witnesses What Was Discussed With Special Counsel Investigators


The New York Times is reporting that Donald Trump has spoken to witnesses who have been questioned by Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigators.

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

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

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

Legal experts said Mr. Trump’s contact with the men most likely did not rise to the level of witnesses tampering. But witnesses and lawyers who learned about the conversations viewed them as potentially a problem and shared them with Mr. Mueller.

When you’re being investigated and it’s revealed you’re asking what was discussed in testimony, it can appear that folks are trying to “get their stories straight.”

Geez, you’d think by now he’d know how to be a better criminal…