Breaking: Trump Asked Witnesses in Russia Probe to Disclose What They Discussed with Investigators

This is pretty fucking serious — or would be if anything still mattered:
The special counsel in the Russia investigation has learned of two conversations in recent months in which [Donald] Trump asked key witnesses about matters they discussed with investigators, according to three people familiar with the encounters.

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.
There are all kinds of problems with this behavior, especially given that Trump is currently under investigation for potentially trying to obstruct the same investigation.

Further, Trump wields considerable power as both the President of the United States and as the direct boss (or former boss) of McGahn and Priebus. That makes this coercive behavior, as well as unethical and possibly criminal behavior.

What an absolute shitshow, with a vile wreck as it ringleader.

I hope that this will matter and fear that it won't.

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