This is hard to follow. First, according to the reporting, Rob Porter (Staff secretary) tells McGahn that Trump wants him to issue a false statement (lie) about a conversation where Trump told McGahn to "see that Mueller was removed from his post". In addition, Trump reportedly said that he would "get rid of" McGahn if he didn't do what he wanted. After McGahn refused, Trump has a meeting where he denies that he ever told McGahn to remove Mueller, as a feeble attempt to cover his tracks and set it up to claim that McGahn is the liar.
Hmmm. Kind of like when Trump reportedly told/asked Comey to go easy on Flynn but later denied he said it and talked tough about how Comey better hope there are no tapes of the conversation while claiming that Comey is a liar. (See the pattern here?)
So for the legal experts here, is Trump trying to coerce the white house council to publicly lie about an attempt by Trump to obstruct justice by firing Mueller considered obstruction justice? See, so not only did Trump obstruct justice in the first place but then he further tried to obstruct justice related to his original potential crime of obstruction of justice.
Yeah, I don't think it is so hard to figure out what McGahn has been telling Mueller.http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/377311-trump-considered-firing-wh-counsel-if-he-didnt-deny-threatening-to
President Trump reportedly considered firing White House counsel Don McGahn if he didn’t deny a report that he threatened to resign after Trump ordered him to fire special counsel Robert Mueller, according to The New York Times.
In January, the Times reported that Trump ordered Mueller to be fired last year, but was stopped after McGahn threatened to resign rather than carry out Trump’s order.
In the days after the Times published its report, former White House staff secretary Rob Porter reportedly told McGahn that Trump wanted him to release a statement denying that Trump wanted Mueller to be fired and that McGahn threatened to resign over the order.
According to the Times, Porter told McGahn that Trump had suggested he might “get rid of” McGahn if he didn’t issue the statement.
Trump later confronted McGahn in the Oval Office after he didn’t release a statement denying the Times report. During the meeting, which chief of staff John Kelly also attended, Trump told McGahn he had not ordered him to fire Mueller, people familiar with the meeting told the newspaper.
The Times reports McGahn told Trump he was wrong, and that he did ask McGahn to see that Mueller was removed from his post. Trump reportedly said he did not remember the conversation that way.
Trump’s conversation with McGahn was one of two conservations Trump had with witnesses interviewed by Mueller, according to the Times. Trump also asked former chief of staff Reince Priebus about his interview with Mueller’s investigators and whether they had been “nice.”
Mueller found out about Trump’s attempt to have him fired as his team began interviewing top current and former Trump officials, the Times reported in January.
McGahn interviewed with Mueller’s team in December as part of the special counsel’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.