April 9th, 2018
(written by lawrence krubner, however indented passages are often quotes). You can contact lawrence at: firstname.lastname@example.org
I’m not clear how they got around attorney-client privilege, but I assume the exception here was similar to the one used against lawyers who work for the Mafia: if you know you are protecting criminal behavior, then your privilege is revoked. Clearly, the FBI raid against Trump’s lawyer represents a huge escalation of the investigation against Trump.
Trump sounds just barely coherent in his response:
The president also complained about Session’s decision to recuse himself from the Russia investigation, a longtime sticking point for Trump, who felt that his top Justice Department official should have done more to protect him.
“The attorney general made a terrible mistake when he did this and when he recused himself, or he should have certainly let us know if he was going to recuse himself and we would have used a — put a different attorney general in,” Trump said. “So he made what I consider to be a very terrible mistake for the country, but you’ll figure that out.”
Trump’s dissatisfaction with Sessions’s recusal has loomed over the attorney general’s tenure; critics fear the president might try to oust Sessions and replace him with a more pliable AG who won’t have to recuse himself from the investigation and could stymie or shut down the special counsel’s probe.
Trump was asked why he didn’t fire Mueller — and talked about Rosenstein in response
“Why don’t I just fire Mueller?” Trump repeated when a reporter asked. “Well, I think it’s a disgrace, but I think it’s a sad situation when you look at what happened and many people have said you should fire him. Again, they found nothing, and in finding nothing, that’s a big statement.”
In a somewhat rambling statement, Trump then invoked Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who appointed Mueller and oversees the special counsel investigation.
Trump brought up the letter Rosenstein wrote about former FBI Director James Comey’s poor handling of the Clinton email investigation, which was originally given as the justification to fire Comey. (Trump later admitted that it was, at least in part, because of the Russia investigation.)
Trump responds to question “Why don’t I just fire Mueller”
“Many people have said you should fire him… we’ll see what happens, I think this is disgraceful and so do a lot of other people, this is a pure and simple witch hunt”