Volume II – Obstruction of Justice – Page 3

“After WikiLeaks released politically damaging Democratic Party emails that were reported to have been hacked by Russia, Trump publicly expressed skepticism that Russia was responsible for the hacks at the same time that he and other Campaign officials privately sought information about any further planned WikiLeaks releases.”

“Trump also denied having any business in or connections to Russia, even though as late as June 2016 the Trump Organization had been pursuing a licensing deal for a skyscraper to be built in Russia called Trump Tower Moscow.”

Following Flynn falsely denying to the FBI that he talked with Russian Ambassador Sergyey Kislyak about US Sanctions in response to election interference, Trump tells FBI Director James Comey that he needs his loyalty. Trump also requests the resignation of Flynn. A day later, “the President told an outside advisor, “Now that we fired Flynn , the Russia thing is over.’ “

“Later that afternoon, the President cleared the Oval Office to have a one-on-one meeting
with Comey. Referring to the FBI’s investigation of Flynn, the President said, ‘I hope you can
see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go. He is a good guy. I hope you can let this
go.’ Shortly after requesting Flynn’s resignation and speaking privately to Comey, the President sought to have Deputy National Security Advisor K.T. McFarland draft an internal letter stating that the President had not directed Flynn to discuss sanctions with Kislyak. McFarland declined because she did not know whether that was true, and a White House Counsel’s Office attorney thought that the request would look like a quid pro quo for an ambassadorship she had been offered.”

When Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced his recusal from the investigation [due to his position], “the President expressed anger at the decision and told advisors that he should have an Attorney General who would protect him. That weekend, the President took Sessions aside at an event and urged him to “unrecuse.’ “

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“Later in March, Comey publicly disclosed at a congressional hearing that the FBI was investigating ‘the Russian government’s  efforts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election,’ including any links or coordination between the Russian government and the Trump Campaign. In the following days, the President reached out to the Director of National Intelligence and the leaders of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and the National Security Agency (NSA) to ask them what they could do to publicly dispel the suggestion that the President had any connection to the Russian election-interference effort. The President also twice called Comey directly, notwithstanding guidance from McGahn to avoid direct contacts with the Department of Justice. Comey had previously assured the President that the FBI was not investigating him personally, and the President asked Comey to ‘lift the cloud’ of the Russia investigation by saying that publicly.”

 

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