Former White House Counsel Don McGahn really, really doesn’t want to go down for Donald Trump’s obstruction of justice. He documented everything. He eagerly ratted Trump out to Special Counsel Robert Mueller. Now McGahn is preparing to publicly testify about Trump’s obstruction to Congress. Trump has responded by trying to block McGahn from turning over supporting documents. Then yesterday McGahn fired back. Now Trump has made a huge mistake.
In a New York Times story yesterday that was obviously leaked by McGahn’s camp, it was revealed that the Trump regime recently tried (twice) to pressure McGahn into publicly stating that in his view, Trump’s actions didn’t constitute obstruction of justice. It’s pretty clear that McGahn wants everyone to know that he’s not on Team Trump, even as he waits for House Democrats and Trump to finish fighting a legal battle over McGahn’s documents.
In response to McGahn’s latest move, Trump posted this whacked out tweet: “I was NOT going to fire Bob Mueller, and did not fire Bob Mueller. In fact, he was allowed to finish his Report with unprecedented help from the Trump Administration. Actually, lawyer Don McGahn had a much better chance of being fired than Mueller. Never a big fan!”
The trouble: Donald Trump is lying, and once House Democrats win the legal battle and McGahn hands over his notes, they’re going to prove Trump is lying. Not only is Trump setting himself up for failure, he’s motivating McGahn to find a way to hit back. Meanwhile, even as the battle over McGahn’s documents continues, Trump hasn’t tried to make a move to stop McGahn from testifying, because there’s no way for Trump to even try to do that.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report