Trump tried to ‘influence’ the Mueller investigation. He failed because his associates wouldn’t ‘carry out orders,’ Mueller says.

President Trump did try to “influence” the Russia probe, Special Counsel Robert Mueller said in his report released Thursday. Yet Trump was “mostly unsuccessful,” and that failure can largely be credited to some of his top officials’ refusal to “carry out orders,” Mueller continued.

In the report, Mueller’s team mentioned that Trump tried to get former FBI Director James Comey to drop his investigation into Trump’s former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn. But Comey refused, leading to “Flynn’s prosecution and conviction for lying to the FBI,” Mueller’s report says.

Trump told then-White House Counsel Don McGahn to relay a message to have Mueller fired as special counsel, but McGahn “prepared to resign” instead of doing so, the report continued. Even Rick Dearborn and Corey Lewandowski, Trump’s transition and campaign staffers turned White House officials, didn’t tell Attorney General Jeff Sessions to “confine the Russia investigation to future election meddling only,” the report finished.


Mueller: “The President’s efforts to influence the investigation were mostly unsuccessful, but that is largely because the persons who surrounded the President declined to carry out orders or accede to his requests.”

— Igor Bobic (@igorbobic) April 18, 2019


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