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Sun Nov 18, 2018, 01:50 PM

Trump would not intervene if Whitaker moves to curtail Mueller probe

Source: Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump said in an interview aired on Sunday he would not intervene if Matthew Whitaker, his acting U.S. attorney general, moved to curtail Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

In an interview with the “Fox News Sunday” program taped on Friday, Trump also said he probably would not agree to a sit-down interview with Mueller, who also is investigating whether the Republican president’s campaign conspired with Moscow and whether Trump has unlawfully sought to obstruct the probe.

Whitaker took over supervision of Mueller’s investigation on Nov. 7 after Trump appointed him as the chief U.S. law enforcement official to replace Jeff Sessions, who the president ousted. Whitaker, who Democrats have called a Trump “political lackey,” in the past criticized the scope of the Mueller probe and brought up the possibility of undermining it by slashing Mueller’s funding.

Trump, in the interview, said he was unaware of Whitaker’s past statements about Mueller’s probe and that he would “not get involved” if Whitaker moved to curtail it.

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POLITICS NOVEMBER 18, 2018 / 10:57 AM / UPDATED AN HOUR AGO
Amanda Becker
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Read more: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-russia/trump-would-not-intervene-if-whitaker-moves-to-curtail-mueller-probe-idUSKCN1NN0LN

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Reply Trump would not intervene if Whitaker moves to curtail Mueller probe (Original post)
Eugene Nov 2018 OP
empedocles Nov 2018 #1
Botany Nov 2018 #2
blugbox Nov 2018 #11
SCantiGOP Nov 2018 #18
Turbineguy Nov 2018 #3
jalan48 Nov 2018 #4
cstanleytech Nov 2018 #12
jalan48 Nov 2018 #19
RockRaven Nov 2018 #5
Maeve Nov 2018 #6
sandensea Nov 2018 #7
Ccarmona Nov 2018 #8
red dog 1 Nov 2018 #13
Iggo Nov 2018 #9
malthaussen Nov 2018 #10
red dog 1 Nov 2018 #14
Mustellus Nov 2018 #15
Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin Nov 2018 #16
PSPS Nov 2018 #17
Takket Nov 2018 #20
olddad56 Nov 2018 #21

Response to Eugene (Original post)

Sun Nov 18, 2018, 01:53 PM

1. 'Surprise!'

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Sun Nov 18, 2018, 01:55 PM

2. "Trump, in the interview, said he was unaware of Whitaker's past statements about Mueller's probe.."

So Trump doesn't watch Fox News?

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Response to Botany (Reply #2)

Sun Nov 18, 2018, 03:06 PM

11. Right? Also what about

"Extreme vetting"

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Response to Botany (Reply #2)

Sun Nov 18, 2018, 07:32 PM

18. The ghost of Nixon needs to visit him

“Donnie, it wasn’t the crime, it was the cover-up.”

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Sun Nov 18, 2018, 01:56 PM

3. That's obstruction too

Remember Donnie, "Act guilty!"

Maybe it's all part of the strategery. Donnie lies. Always. Therefore if he acts guilty, everyone will think, "He must be innocent!"

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Sun Nov 18, 2018, 01:59 PM

4. Didn't he intervene when he appointed Whitaker?

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Response to jalan48 (Reply #4)

Sun Nov 18, 2018, 04:07 PM

12. You mean when he unconstitutionally leapfrogged over others to appoint him

dont you?

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Response to cstanleytech (Reply #12)

Sun Nov 18, 2018, 08:58 PM

19. Yes-he's accusing others of doing what he does.

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Sun Nov 18, 2018, 02:02 PM

5. If Whitaker confines or constrains or denies Mueller anything he wants, Congress is notified.

That probably makes things worse for Trump (now that Dems will have the House) than just letting Mueller do his thing.

But Trump didn't get himself into this mess by knowing the rules and procedures and how best to avoid running afoul of them.

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Sun Nov 18, 2018, 02:04 PM

6. Of course not! That's what he hired him to do

he just can't stop digging that hole he's in, can he?

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Response to Maeve (Reply #6)

Sun Nov 18, 2018, 02:41 PM

7. +1

Cheeto would only intervene if Whittaker, by some miracle, decided not to.

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Sun Nov 18, 2018, 02:49 PM

8. Ya but McTurtle Said There's Nothing to Worry About Mueller's Future

 

So everything’s cool 😎

It will be interesting to see if the Supreme Court weighs in since there is a case pending in which Whitaker’s legitimacy was attached to the proceedings.

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Response to Ccarmona (Reply #8)

Sun Nov 18, 2018, 04:07 PM

13. What McTurtle really meant was that there's nothing for TRUMP to worry about!

To quote Mike Malloy: "Have I told you how much I hate these people?"

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Sun Nov 18, 2018, 02:51 PM

9. Duh. (n/t)

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Sun Nov 18, 2018, 02:59 PM

10. Imagine, people get paid to write stuff like this. n/t

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Sun Nov 18, 2018, 04:08 PM

14. Do the words "Constitutional Crisis" sound familiar?

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Sun Nov 18, 2018, 04:09 PM

15. Whitaker: "Mueller, stop the Russia Probe".....

Mueller: "Mr Whitaker, you are under arrest for obstruction of justice. You have the right to remain......

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Sun Nov 18, 2018, 05:21 PM

16. Of course not

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Sun Nov 18, 2018, 05:49 PM

17. Hell, there would be champagne corks flying all over the white house!

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Sun Nov 18, 2018, 09:29 PM

20. duh

if fox had any journalistic integrity (they don't) after he said that they would have run the clip of him saying he was willing and anxious to talk to mueller, then ask him why he lied about that.

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Mon Nov 19, 2018, 12:36 AM

21. trump has intervened and obstructed justice from the very beginning...

I'm sure that Chump is under a lot of pressure from his boss, Putin, to get this over before the truth can come out.

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