This is What Trump Obstruction looks like

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The un-indicted Donald spent much of his first year in Office, acting as guilty as hell.  Innocent men don’t order other people to break the law on their behalf. Nor do they tell their staffers, and the directors of other agencies, to fabricate evidence that will slow-down and impede the inevitable Investigations headed their way.

Here are just a few of the Obstructive acts, suggestions, and directives, that were spawn from the wells of guilt, inadequacies and greed, otherwise known as Donald Trump’s conscience (as pathetic as it is):

Report On The Investigation Into Russian Interference In The 2016 Presidential Election

Volume II of II — Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller, III

{The instances of Trump’s obstructive intent are emphasized, below.}

[pg 42]

9. The President Attempts to Have K.T. McFarland Create a Witness Statement Denying that he Directed Flynn’s Discussions with Kislyak

On February 22, 2017, Priebus and Bannon told McFarland that the President wanted her to resign as Deputy National Security Advisor, but they suggested to her that the Administration could make her the ambassador to Singapore.[252] The next day, the President asked Priebus to have McFarland draft an internal email that would confirm that the President did not direct Flynn to call the Russian Ambassador about sanctions.[253] Priebus said he told the President he would only direct McFarland to write such a letter if she were comfortable with it.[254] Priebus called McFarland into his office to convey the President’s request that she memorialize in writing that the President did not direct Flynn to talk to Kislyak.[255] McFarland told Priebus she did not know whether the President had directed Flynn to talk to Kislyak about sanctions, and she declined to say yes or no to the request.[256] Priebus understood that McFarland was not comfortable with the President’s request, and he recommended that she talk to attorneys in the White House Counsel’s Office.[257]

[pg 45]

Evidence does establish that the President connected the Flynn investigation to the FBI’s broader Russia investigation and that he believed, as he told Christie, that terminating Flynn would end “the whole Russia thing.”  Flynn’s firing occurred at a time when the media and Congress were raising questions about Russia’s interference in the election and whether members of the President’s campaign had colluded with Russia. Multiple witnesses recalled that the President viewed the Russia investigations as a challenge to the legitimacy of his election. The President paid careful attention to negative coverage of Flynn and reacted with annoyance and anger when the story broke disclosing that Flynn had discussed sanctions with Kislyak.  Just hours before meeting one-on-one with Comey, the President told Christie that firing Flynn would put an end to the Russia inquiries.  And after Christie pushed back, telling the President that firing Flynn would not end the Russia investigation, the President asked Christie to reach out to Comey and convey that the President liked him and he was part of “the team.”  That afternoon, the President cleared the room and asked Comey to “let[] Flynn go.”

[pg 48]

On March 20, 2017, Comey publicly disclosed the existence of the FBI’s Russia investigation. In the days that followed, the President contacted Comey and other intelligence agency leaders and asked them to push back publicly on the suggestion that the President had any connection to the Russian election-interference effort in order to “lift the cloud” of the ongoing investigation.

[pg 55]

In the weeks following Comey’s March 20, 2017 testimony, the President repeatedly asked intelligence community officials to push back publicly on any suggestion that the President had a connection to the Russian election-interference effort.

On March 22, 2017, the President asked Director of National Intelligence Daniel Coats and CIA Director Michael Pompeo to stay behind in the Oval Office after a Presidential Daily Briefing.[334] According to Coats, the President asked them whether they could say publicly that no link existed between him and Russia.[335]
[…]

According to senior ODNI official Michael Dempsey, Coats said after the meeting that the President had brought up the Russia investigation and asked him to contact Comey to see if there was a way to get past the investigation, get it over with, end it, or words to that effect.[339]

[pg 56]

On March 26, 2017, the day after the President called Coats, the President called NSA Director Admiral Michael Rogers.[347] The President expressed frustration with the Russia investigation, saying that it made relations with the Russians difficult.[348] The President told Rogers “the thing with the Russians [wa]s messing up” his ability to get things done with Russia.[349] The President also said that the news stories linking him with Russia were not true and asked Rogers if he could do anything to refute the stories.[350]

[pg 57]

4. The President Asks Comey to “Lift the Cloud” Created by the Russia Investigation

On the morning of March 30, 2017, the President reached out to Comey directly about the Russia investigation.[360] According to Comey’s contemporaneous record of the conversation, the President said “he was trying to run the country and the cloud of this Russia business was making that difficult.”[361] The President asked Comey what could be done to “lift the cloud.”[362] Comey explained “that we were running it down as quickly as possible and that there would be great benefit, if we didn’t find anything, to our Good Housekeeping seal of approval, but we had to do our work.”[363]
[…]

On the morning of April 11, 2017, the President called Comey again.[368] According to Comey’s contemporaneous record of the conversation, the President said he was “following up to see if [Comey] did what [the President] had asked last time—getting out that he personally is not under investigation.”[369]

[pg 70]

Later that evening, the President told his communications team he was unhappy with the press coverage of Comey’s termination and ordered them to go out and defend him.[455]
[…]

That night, the White House Press Office called the Department of Justice and said the White House wanted to put out a statement saying that it was Rosenstein’s idea to fire Comey.[461] Rosenstein told other DOJ officials that he would not participate in putting out a “false story.”[462]

[pg 75]
The President later asked Rosenstein to include “Russia” in his memorandum and to say that Comey had told the President that he was not under investigation.  And the President’s final termination letter included a sentence, at the President’s insistence and against McGahn’s advice, stating that Comey had told the President on three separate occasions that he was not under investigation.

[pg 115]

The next day, on February 5, 2018, the President complained about the Times article to Porter.[794] The President told Porter that the article was “bullshit” and he had not sought to terminate the Special Counsel.[795] The President said that McGahn leaked to the media to make himself look good.[796] The President then directed Porter to tell McGahn to create a record to make clear that the President never directed McGahn to fire the Special Counsel.[797] Porter thought the matter should be handled by the White House communications office, but the President said he wanted McGahn to write a letter to the file “for our records” and wanted something beyond a press statement to demonstrate that the reporting was inaccurate.[798] The President referred to McGahn as a “lying bastard” and said that he wanted a record from him.[799] Porter recalled the President saying something to the effect of, “If he doesn’t write a letter, then maybe I’ll have to get rid of him.”[800]

Later that day, Porter spoke to McGahn to deliver the President’s message.[801] Porter told McGahn that he had to write a letter to dispute that he was ever ordered to terminate the Special Counsel.[802] McGahn shrugged off the request, explaining that the media reports were true.[803] McGahn told Porter that the President had been insistent on firing the Special Counsel and that McGahn had planned to resign rather than carry out the order, although he had not personally told the President he intended to quit.[804]

[pg 117]
The President then asked, “What about these notes? Why do you take notes? Lawyers don’t take notes.  I never had a lawyer who took notes.”[824] McGahn responded that he keeps notes because he is a “real lawyer” and explained that notes create a record and are not a bad thing.[825] The President said, “I’ve had a lot of great lawyers, like Roy Cohn.  He did not take notes.”[826]

As I said, that is just a sample of Trump guilty conscience, and his actions to stop the Investigators from looking into his affairs. This sampling does not include Trump’s attempts at “witness intimidation.”  These highlights do not include Trump’s directives to staffers, and the directors of other agencies, to lie to the public, to lie to Congress, and to ultimately “break the law” by ignoring Constitutionally-authorized Congressional subpoenas.

Innocent people do not act this way. Compromised and guilty people do.

If Trump did nothing wrong — then why does he act like, he’s got so much to hide?

A president’s life should be an “open book” — not a sordid tale of “wrongdoing” and “falsifying records.”

When one looks at the Flynn-Kislyak episode alone, it helps to explain why Trump has been sweating bullets about Comey’s investigation, and the ones that followed, ever since.

Because you see in America, we only have one President at a time, and one Foreign Policy at time. No wonder Trump sent McFarland packing with a bribe of sorts. If only she would help keep Trump’s name out of it — out of the conspiracy she coordinated to undermine the then-current President of the United States (Barack Obama), and his efforts to push-back on Russian aggression.

A non-official Foreign Policy arrangement — that the transcript shows, Trump was definitely in on.

If the NSA has tapes on these foreign-party cell conversations — before the president-elect assumed office — they sure would be enlightening for ALL Americans to hear.

No wonder Bill Barr is trying to block their release, even though a District Judge has ordered the Flynn-Kislyak back-channel conversations be made public, post haste.

What National Security interests would be served, by keeping these sanctions-conspiring conversations “private”?  Any BS justification for this, is just another one of those “total fabrications” from the desk and directives of knowingly guilty minds, now running the Executive branch and the DOJ.

Otherwise known as, the ongoing Trump-Barr coverup — continuing to happen in plain sight.  With no end yet in sight.

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Or as Trump’s new “Roy Cohn” likes to call it:   “Landing the Plane.”

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Why is it that only the American People, who are the ones who have been sweating lately?
Trump Hosts Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov And Ambassador Kislyak At White House.
Maybe we should ask Sergey?   Seems the Joke’s on us.

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