Among the stream of lies that spewed from Donald Trump’s mouth like a gusher Monday was his assertion of ignorance about his former White House counsel Don McGahn potentially being held in contempt of Congress for refusing to comply with a subpoena seeking his testimony.
“I don’t know anything about what’s going on,” Trump told reporters in the Oval Office, a statement at once so globally true and yet so blatantly false when it comes to the topic at hand.
Trump’s White House directed McGahn not to comply with that subpoena from the House Judiciary Committee. McGahn’s lawyer, William Burck, sent the panel a letter saying that two co-equal branches of government were “making contradictory demands” of McGahn and that he would refrain from complying until they could “reach an accommodation.” So Trump either has dementia or he’s straight-up lying about something everyone in D.C. knows to be the case—pick your poison.
Trump also called the report written by special counsel Robert Mueller “a very good report for us,” reiterated his no collusion/no obstruction fantasy, and claimed, “there has never been anybody so transparent as the Trump administration.”
Right. Which is why Trump’s White House instructed McGahn to defy Congress last week and then Trump went to work with a little witness intimidation over the weekend, saying was never “a big fan” of McGahn’s. Also, the report was great but no one is allowed to tell Congress about it, ever.
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