Trump Threatened To Fire White House Lawyer After He Refused To Deny Mueller-Probe Leak

We wondered why the pace of leaks from Special Counsel Bob Mueller's office started to slow late last summer - and then, suddenly, Mueller dropped the Manafort-Gates indictments, unsealed George Papadopoulos's plea agreement and announced the cooperation of Michael Flynn, all in a relatively narrow time period, with almost nothing appearing in the press ahead of time.

It's notable that the pace of leaks started to slow after Mueller reportedly demoted Peter Strzok,  the FBI agent who was first outed for trading anti-Trump text messages with his mistress, Lisa Page, and also helped steer the FBI's probe away from signs of Hillary Clinton's guilt.

But now, the pace of leaks out of the special counsel's office is quickening once again: Tonight, for the first time in months, the Washington Post and New York Times published twin bombshells based on information clearly leaked by a member of Mueller's team. 


The NYT reports that President Trump considered firing White House Counsel Don McGahn III after he refused to release a statement denying reports that he had threatened to resign when Trump asked him about firing Mueller.

Trump's conversation with McGahn, which occurred after McGahn had met with investigators from Mueller's team, was one of two conversations where Trump reportedly asked witnesses about what they said to the grand jury.

Former White House Staff Secretary Rob Porter later told McGahn that Trump had considered firing him for his disloyalty.

Trump also reportedly asked former chief of staff Reince Preibus whether Mueller's team was "nice" to him when Preibus sat for an interview with investigators...

The report clearly suggests that Mueller is still casting about for evidence that the president has tried to obstruct justice - and, as part of this, is also exploring whether Trump tried to disrupt the Mueller probe.

The experts said the meetings with Mr. McGahn and Mr. Preibus would probably sharpen Mr. Mueller's focus on the president's interactions with other witnesses. The special counsel has questioned witnesses recently about their interactions with the president since the investigation began. The experts also said the episodes could serve as evidence for Mr. Mueller in an obstruction case.

The WaPo report focuses on another branch of the Mueller investigation (it's not really accurate to refer to it as "the Russia probe" anymore because, though Mueller says he's still looking into the Russia angle, he has clearly moved on to other potentially more fruitful avenues). That branch is the financial and business conflicts of both the Trump family and his associates - epitomized by Mueller's prosecution of former Trump campaign executive Paul Manafort.

In the WaPo report, Congressional investigators apparently believe they've caught Blackwater founder Erik Prince (brother of Trump Secretary of Education Betsy DeVoes) in a lie.

According to the story, Prince told investigators that an already-public 2017 meeting in the Seychelles between Prince and a Russian emissary wasn't planned.

Erik Prince

Erik Prince

But apparently, George Nader, a Lebanese-American businessman who's been caught up in the probe, told investigators that the meeting was planned for the purposes of establishing a relationship between Trump and Moscow as Trump prepared - and this is important - to take the oath of office. As we've already learned, communications between an incoming administration (or its representatives) and foreign officials isn't illegal (it's actually quite common)

Last year, Prince told lawmakers, and the news media, that his Seychelles meeting with Kirill Dmitriev, the head of a Russian government-controlled wealth fund, was an unplanned, unimportant encounter that came about by chance because he happened to be at a luxury hotel in the Indian Ocean island nation with officials from the United Arab Emirates.

In his statements, Prince has specifically denied reporting by The Washington Post that said the Seychelles meeting, which took place about a week before Trump’s inauguration, was described by U.S., European and Arab officials as part of an effort to establish a back-channel line of communication between Moscow and the incoming administration.

Prince told lawmakers on the House Intelligence Committee that he did not plan to meet Dmitriev in the Seychelles but that once he was there discussing possible business deals with UAE officials, they unexpectedly suggested that he visit the hotel bar and meet Dmitriev.

“At the end, one of the entourage says, ‘Hey, by the way, there’s this Russian guy that we’ve dealt with in the past. He’s here also to see someone from the Emirati delegation. And you should meet him, he’d be an interesting guy for you to know, since you’re doing a lot in the oil and gas and mineral space,’ ” Prince told lawmakers.

The two men, he said, spoke for no more than 30 minutes, or about the time it took him to drink a beer.

While the meeting itself may have been legal, lying to the FBI is, of course, blatantly illegal - and Mueller has already demonstrated an eagerness to bust people for perjury. Which the begs the question: Why, then, has Prince not been arrested and charged? If WaPo's reporting is accurate, then it wouldn't be out of the question - in fact, it'd be likely. Though, there's also the possibility that Nader could be lying, which isn't addressed in the story.

Either way, we imagine the leaks from these past couple weeks are only the beginning: Expect updates from the interminable Mueller probe to become a daily fact of life once again.


J S Bach Wed, 03/07/2018 - 20:37 Permalink

Have you ever stopped to think of how really incompetent and useless our federal government is?  I mean... they produce nothing.  This inane banter about Russian infiltration and investigations and he said she said is ALL they do.  How many hundreds of millions of dollars are wasted on all of these worthless power-hungry scissorbills and their unending obloquies?

caconhma JRobby Wed, 03/07/2018 - 21:16 Permalink

Trump could fire Sessions and his friends in DoJ and FBI a long time ago. Instead, he is too busy tweeting BS and having sr. advisers like Ivanka and Kushner. Trump's closed advisers did not tell him that he is the US President with almost an Imperial Power.

The man (Trump) is totally incompetent and mentally unstable. This Russia-interfering investigation farce will have a very bad ending for both Trump and America.

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Fascal Rascal … J S Bach Wed, 03/07/2018 - 20:45 Permalink

At least those opposing don’t end up chemically poisoned.

of course rusha tried to sow discord..

worked like a charm.

if you are really that naive to think not, you are dumber than I initially thought.

we have empathy for acknowledged incompetence, disdain for incompetence defended.

you bachboy feed the caveman narrative: America bad.

fuck off you slimy little bitch.

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Jung Fascal Rascal … Thu, 03/08/2018 - 03:32 Permalink

Poisoned? The British spy who they call Russian spy? The poison was discovered by the British, 7 miles from Salisbury in Porton Down (ICI knows exactly how it works and so does MI 5 and MI6. Why would Russia kill a spy they released years ago and was living a quiet retired life? All this whenever the Syria war is not going the way the CIA wants. Go figure!

Keep taking your tablets for anger management!

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junction J S Bach Wed, 03/07/2018 - 20:47 Permalink

Don't tell that to CNN, Trump is their meal ticket.  Meanwhile, the real story is YouTube's massive deletion of accounts questioning the Sandy Hook and Parkland school shootings.  And no one seems to be asking how Nancy Pelosi went from giving brain-addled speeches to setting a record by making the longest speech on record on the House floor.  Silence is golden.

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44_shooter J S Bach Wed, 03/07/2018 - 20:58 Permalink

Have you ever been involved in a root cause analysis?  Most of the time its a waste of time and energy just to get to "someone made a human error".  Then days of writing how you could avoid the error in the future.  Never does a root cause analysis say "someone hired a fuck up, and they did what fuck ups do - fuck things up, so don't hire fuck ups and we'll be good"



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Stormtrooper J S Bach Wed, 03/07/2018 - 21:37 Permalink

You are absolutely correct.  I hope that once the state legislatures get their asses in gear and call a Convention of States, their first question at the Convention will be "do we really need a Federal government or can we do it a better way?".  If the answer is no, the Convention would be short with one proposed Constitutional amendment to abolish the three branches of the Federal government, all departments, agencies and laws created by them.  The final step would be to get 38 state legislatures to agree and ratify the amendment at which point the Federal government would legally cease to exist.

I do hope that such a decision would be very well thought out with systems put in place to fill the gaps that the Federal goverment was originally created for(i.e. common DEFENSE, not empire building).

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Schooey Wed, 03/07/2018 - 20:46 Permalink

"Robert Mueller" will live in infamy. I wonder if he cares. The bag boy for a deep state coup in the US of America, rendered a banana republic. 

People with the last name Mueller will be changing it. 

gatorengineer Wed, 03/07/2018 - 20:47 Permalink

Its time for President Pence, cant be any worse sorry.  I voted Orange but the shit show, needs to end.  The Hillary, 44, etc, etc need to get locked up and it wont happen under Orange / Sessions.  Yeah I know about the 15k sealed indictements in Q land its all BS...  Todays a billion from China was beyond laughable

FoggyWorld Wed, 03/07/2018 - 20:51 Permalink

One law that needs changing is this bit about lying to an FBI agent is a felony.  Seems the FBI lies and does even worse stuff and if caught, gets demoted.  Until they clean up their own act and restore some semblance of sanity, it should not be a crime to tell them anything.  

truthalwayswinsout Wed, 03/07/2018 - 21:06 Permalink

So many of these people in power claim to be smart and intelligent and yet they all make the same mistake; THEY TALK TO THE FBI.


Ask Martha Stewart and Flynn what they think of talking and cooperating with the FBI.

Even if you don't lie about anything, they will certainly frame you for a lie. It is a fact that in 97% of all FBI cases, they never have enough information to charge anyone with a crime unless and until you open you mouth and even tell an innocent lie; THEN THEY GOT YOU.



ZippyZ Wed, 03/07/2018 - 22:15 Permalink

Hopefully we will get to the bottom of all of the obstruction. Thank God some true American patriots stood up to the wanna-be Putin. 

LaugherNYC Wed, 03/07/2018 - 22:29 Permalink

The news is all porn star all the time.

Mueller tripping up people on minor details, threaten them with jail to say what they want/need them to say.

If they dont impeach Trump, he very well may decide he wants to be President for life, and enough people in this country may decide they want a guy who blows up the government daily and actually does what he said he would do, no matter how big a crazy douchebag he is.


CatInTheHat Wed, 03/07/2018 - 22:40 Permalink

Russiagate is such utter bullshit. I find it insulting that the liars within the intelligence agencies, FBI, DOJ, DHS, CLINTON, would try to tell me that my vote for Sanders was because some Russian troll farm posted ads of influence ON FB. ..

No, you fucking lying, lawless, psychopathic WARMONGERS, it was your evil WITCH as candidate that I voted for Sanders. And I didn't vote for your chosen war criminal during the general either. 

I witnessed all the fraud. None of it having to do with Russia .This is a huge waste of taxpayer money for a cover up that's OBVIOUS. And with the same neocon WARMONGERING holdovers from the Bush catastrophe.

American denial as to the level of corruption in their government has been going on since Jack Kennedy was offed by the CIA and Poppy Bush and the Dulles brothers. The CIA, FBI, DHS, DOJ ALL NEED TO BE ABOLISHED. 50 YEARS AGO. 

I read an article with a Harvard poll that said 63 % of Americans think Russiagate is bullshit and that the FBI IS LYING. But they would have you believe most of the country buys into this. Something very bad is going to happen, whether a huge economic crash or a world war. We have been here before but we don't learn and are too chickenshits to do anything about it and they know it. 

Disgusting. Americans are sick and in need of a reset.. 

gwar5 Wed, 03/07/2018 - 22:55 Permalink

If I was Trump I wouldn't ask WH staffers if they were loyal.... instead, I would have all members tested unbeknownst with a sophisticated voice stress analyzer under the desk (99% accurate as a lie detector device). This should be an ongoing program like drug testing in a work place. 

Surprised they don't use this already...? 

Enemies of the state are everywhere and will stop at nothing. Imagine if this had been used on Comey briefing Trump in the WH.