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Friday, April 19, 2019

The White House that emerges from more than 400 pages of Mr. Mueller's report is a hotbed of conflict infused by a culture of dishonesty -- defined by a president who lies to the public and his own staff, then tries to get his aides to lie for him. Mr. Trump repeatedly threatened to fire lieutenants who did not carry out his wishes while they repeatedly threatened to resign rather than cross lines of propriety or law. At one juncture after another, Mr. Trump made his troubles worse, giving in to anger and grievance and lashing out in ways that turned advisers into witnesses against him. He was saved from an accusation of obstruction of justice, the report makes clear, in part because aides saw danger and stopped him from following his own instincts. Based on contemporaneous notes, emails, texts and F.B.I. interviews, the report draws out scene after scene of a White House on the edge.

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At one point, Reince Priebus, then the White House chief of staff, said the president's attacks on his own attorney general meant that he had "D.O.J. by the throat." At another, the White House counsel, Donald F. McGahn II, complained to Mr. Priebus that the president was trying to get him to "do crazy shit." Mr. Trump was equally unhappy with Mr. McGahn, calling him a "lying bastard."

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Is this the part that exonerates Trump?

#1 | Posted by Zed at 2019-04-19 02:58 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

This is the part where you close and lock your door while you do what you do best.

#2 | Posted by Spork at 2019-04-19 03:13 PM | Reply

#2 funny. This seems like the part where Trump supporters finally admit they're covered in the stench of the Orange S&$@stain they support. And that that support makes them s&$@ people themselves devoid of standards, morals and principles.

#3 | Posted by jpw at 2019-04-19 06:44 PM | Reply

#3 - nope. Ain't gonna happen. Narcissists never admit to their lies. They double down.

At some point in time, reasonable people have to call their bluff.

#4 | Posted by kudzu at 2019-04-20 08:21 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"Culture of Dishonesty" has consumed the Republican Party since they got burned by Nixon.

#5 | Posted by Angrydad at 2019-04-20 01:10 PM | Reply

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