Obstructive Acts

Trump attempted to remove Mueller, then asked Don McGahn to lie and say he hadn’t. He attempted to stop Jeff Sessions from recusing himself from the Russia investigation, he fired the FBI Director over the investigation, he asked his Deputy National Security Advisor to lie, and he dictated a false statement for his son regarding the June ’16 meeting with Russians.

Trump also tampered with witnesses, perhaps the most egregious acts of obstruction. See the page on Witness Tampering for excerpts on that.


Trump directed McGahn to fire Mueller.
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Obstructions of Justice
Trump asked McGahn to lie. McGahn refused, saying the press account was accurate.
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Trump pressured Attorney General Sessions not to recuse from the Russian investigation, then pressured him to “unrecuse”.
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Obstructions of Justice
Trump pressured FBI Director Comey to stop his investigation of Michael Flynn.
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Obstructions of Justice
Trump asked Comey for personal loyalty.
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Trump’s intent to obstruct can be inferred from his telling aides to keep Flynn matter secret.
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Trump met with Comey one-on-one despite Don McGahn’s advice.
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Trump lied about clearing the room to talk to Comey about Flynn
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Trump asked Deputy NSA K.T. McFarland to lie and say Trump hadn’t directed Flynn. She refused even when Trump offered an ambassadorship.
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Obstructions of Justice
Trump dictated a lie for Don Jr. in regards to the June ’16 meeting with Russians
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See also: Mueller’s opinions on obstruction