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Fri Apr 19, 2019, 01:59 PM

Paranoia, lies and fear: Trump's presidency laid bare by Mueller report

The moment President Trump learned two years ago that a special counsel had been appointed to investigate Russian election interference, he declared in the Oval Office, ďThis is the end of my presidency.Ē

Trump nearly made that a self-fulfilling prophecy as he then plotted for months to thwart the probe, spawning a culture of corruption and deception inside the White House.

Trumpís advisers rarely challenged him and often willingly did his bidding, according to the special counselís report released Thursday. But in some cases, they refused when Trump pushed them to the brink of committing outright crimes.

Trump ordered Donald McGahn to instigate special counsel Robert S. Mueller IIIís firing, but the White House lawyer decided he would resign rather than follow through.

Trump urged Corey Lewandowski to ask then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions to curtail the investigation, but his former campaign manager only delivered the message to an intermediary.

And Trump demanded that Reince Priebus procure Sessionsís resignation, but the White House chief of staff did not carry out the directive.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/paranoia-lies-and-fear-trumps-presidency-laid-bare-by-mueller-report/2019/04/18/3379c49a-571b-11e9-814f-e2f46684196e_story.html?utm_term=.906e990f8db4&wpisrc=al_trending_now__alert-politics--alert-national&wpmk=1

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