President Donald Trump reportedly told White House counsel Don McGahn to call the Justice Department and ask a senior official to persuade then-FBI director James Comey to publicly exonerate Trump in the Russia probe.
The revelation adds another piece of evidence to the obstruction-of-justice case special counsel Robert Mueller is building against the president.
McGahn is also emerging as an increasingly critical witness in Mueller’s investigation.
President Donald Trump asked the White House counsel, Donald McGahn, to call the Department of Justice last year and ask a senior official to persuade then-FBI director James Comey to publicly clear the president of wrongdoing in the Russia probe, The Washington Post reported.
McGahn subsequently called then-Deputy Acting Attorney General Dana Boente last April and asked him to convince Comey to exonerate Trump, but the request fell on deaf ears, according to The Post. Boente is now the FBI general counsel.
In addition to asking McGahn to contact the Justice Department about convincing Comey to exonerate him, Trump also personally appealed to Comey to do the same, and to let go of the bureau’s investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn, on multiple occasions in early 2017.
Source:: Businessinsider – Politics