I don’t think that’s the way it works.
A new report from the New York Times says that President Trump attempted to have White House counsel Don McGahn block Attorney General Jeff Sessions from recusing himself from the Justice Department’s Russia probe.
Per Trump’s instructions, McGahn urged Sessions to not remove himself from the investigation, the New York Times reported on Thursday.
Trump was said to be outraged at Sessions’ decision and told White House staff that Sessions needed to protect him.
Protect him from what?
Further in the New York Times piece, it’s reported that Trump flipped when McGahn was unsuccessful in stopping Sessions from recusing himself and said, “Where’s my Roy Cohn?”
Cohn was Trump’s attorney and mentor for years, noted for his particularly icy and ruthless demeanor. He served as chief counsel to Senator Joe McCarthy, during the investigations into Communist activity in the U.S.
The two were very close, until Trump found out Cohn was HIV-positive. He dropped him, immediately.
Not having a clue as to the limitations of his job, Trump also sought to deliver a letter to then-FBI Director James Comey, slamming the Russia probe as “fabricated and politically motivated,” but aides put the stops on that really bad move.
After Sessions stepped aside, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein appointed Robert Mueller as special counsel and kicked off the investigation that has yielded several indictments from Trump’s circle, so far.
Mueller has been able to validate some of the claims Comey made in memos detailing his conversations with Trump before he was fired. In one of these conversations, Trump urged Comey to stop the FBI investigation into his former national security adviser, Michael Flynn.
Comey also said Trump had asked him for “loyalty,” saying he required loyalty. He requires loyalty, but as his treatment of Cohn proves, he’s loyal to none.
Again, Trump not knowing his limitations.
Even if Trump is completely innocent of any wrongdoing, he sure acts guilty.