Too Late The Hero — Don McGahn’s Congressional Testimony Near-Useless In The Nowadays, Except To Make Everyone Mad As Shit The T-Rump Will Slide

June 9, 2021

A rehash today sort of in old news, shit now without consequence, other than for flashback dark-comedic laughs:

Background/details via Law&Crime, late this afternoon:

In a fit of pique over Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation, former President Donald Trump almost reached an “inflection point” and “point of no return” that would have set in motion a Richard Nixon-style “Saturday Night Massacre,” ex-White House Counsel Don McGahn recently told Congress behind closed doors.

The just-released transcript of McGahn’s closed door testimony before the House Judiciary Committee contains a series of new answers and elaborations on details that were publicized in the Mueller Report.

Releasing the June 4th transcript on Wednesday, Judiciary Chair Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) said: “Mr. McGahn provided the Committee with substantial new information—including firsthand accounts of President Trump’s increasingly out of control behavior, and insight into concerns that the former President’s conduct could expose both Trump and McGahn to criminal liability.”

“Mr. McGahn also confirmed that President Trump lied when he denied the accuracy of the Mueller report, and admitted that he was the source for a Washington Post report that confirmed Trump’s direction to McGahn to remove the Special Counsel,” Nadler wrote in a statement.

In the transcript, McGahn explains his reluctance to convey a message from Trump pressuring then-Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to not allow the special counsel to serve because of alleged conflicts—a request that McGahn considered an “inflection point.”

“‘Inflection point,’ with that I meant a point of no return,” McGahn testified.
“If the Acting Attorney General received what he thought was a direction from the counsel to the President to remove a special counsel, he would either have to remove the special counsel or resign. We are still talking about the ‘Saturday Night Massacre’ decades and decades later.”

The Saturday Night Massacre was the name given to Nixon’s decision to fire the special prosecutor investigating Watergate.
Nixon demanded that three of his top officials carry out his order. The first two top officials at the Justice Department refused and resigned, but the third-most senior official, then-solicitor general Robert Bork, complied and stayed.

McGahn quipped that he wanted his reputation to be “Judge Robert Bork” and not “Saturday Night Massacre Bork,” according to the transcript.

Spanning 241-pages, the colorful transcript records McGahn’s response to Trump’s insults and former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn’s assertions about his contacts with Russian diplomat Sergey Kislyak.

Asked by the House Judiciary Counsel’s Sarah Istel about Trump calling him a “lying bastard,” McGahn described the jibe as “disappointing.”

“Why?” Istel asked.

“Well, because it’s not true. And,” McGahn replied.

“Why isn’t it true?” the counsel prodded.

“Because I’m not a lying bastard,” McGahn clarified.
Recall: Trump claimed during an interview with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos in 2019 that McGahn lied under oath when testifying that Trump suggested firing Mueller as special counsel.
Why? Because, according to Trump, McGahn wanted to “make himself look like a good lawyer.”

And on and on. Although McGahn’s testimony is good, he’s a chickenshit, who should have done this two years ago.

Yet still nice to see this again (Politico):

Still, the former White House counsel elaborated on several damning accounts of Trump’s actions early in his presidency, including the moment when Trump learned that a special counsel had been appointed to investigate his campaign’s ties to Russia.

Trump’s reaction then, according to McGahn, had been to lean back in his chair and say: “This is terrible. This is the end of my Presidency. I’m fucked” —  an exchange that was also included in Mueller’s initial report.

And this bit (Forbes): ‘McGahn offered a bid of insight into Trump’s leadership and conversational style, testifying that “You rarely leave conversations with President Trump. There’s never really a good beginning, middle, and end… especially when you’re the counsel.” He added, “You’re always kind of around.”

All this shit will pass away without anything actually being done, legal-wise. Most-likely the T-Rump will skip/slide on everything, and never have to be held accountable for all the horrible shit he did while in office.
Maybe New York prosecutors will get him for further-past criminal acts, but I doubt it.
McGahn just another name-blip on history’s radar…

(Illustration out front is of a New York state high-school student exhibit: ‘The piece was displayed during student-driven art show at Shenendehowa High School. It consisted of at least 12 identical black-and-white pictures of Donald Trump. There was also a sign above the pictures that read, “Draw on Me.” Using markers from the art classroom, some students opted to scribble critical messages and profanities on the pictures‘ — and found here).

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