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Mueller Confirms To Lawmakers That Trump Ordered Staff To Falsify Records To Protect Himself

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Mueller Confirms To Lawmakers That Trump Ordered Staff To Falsify Records To Protect Himself




Special Counsel Robert Mueller confirmed in testimony before the House Judiciary Committee Wednesday that President Trump directed staffers to falsify records connected to his investigation in an attempt to protect himself.

Asked by Rep. Cedric Richmond (D-La.) whether it was “fair to say” Trump “tried to protect himself by asking staff to falsify records relevant to an ongoing investigation,” Mueller responded “I would say that’s generally a summary.”

Richmond then asked, in giving the order, did the president intend to “hamper the investigation?”



In response, Mueller referred Richmond back to his office’s 448-page report.

The Louisiana congressman went on to specifically ask Mueller about Trump’s attempts to get then-White House Counsel Don McGahn to create a written record falsely asserting Trump had not directed him to fire Mueller, which McGahn refused.

Richmond asked if Trump’s attempts to get then-White House Counsel Don McGahn to create a written record falsely asserting Trump had not directed him to fire Mueller, which McGahn refused, “were related to President Trump’s concerns about your obstruction of justice inquiry.”

Mueller responded, “I believe that to be true.”

“So it’s accurate to say the president knew that he was asking [Don McGahn] to deny facts that McGahn ‘had repeatedly said were accurate.’ Isn’t that right?” Richmond asked Mueller, with the special counsel responding in the affirmative.





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