Is that in the report?
Courtesy of Axios:
Former Trump legal spokesman Mark Corallo said on an ABC News podcast that Hope Hicks, who previously served as White House communications director, told him that “nobody’s ever going to see” the documents about the drafting of a misleading statement on the infamous 2016 Trump Tower meeting.
In the original statement Trump dictated aboard Air Force One, he claimed the meeting between a Kremlin-linked lawyer and Donald Trump Jr. — first reported by the New York Times — was about Russian adoptions. Trump later revealed in a tweet that the purpose of the meeting was to get dirt on Hillary Clinton, essentially admitting that his first statement misled the American people.
Corallo said that during his interviews with special counsel Robert Mueller’s office, investigators told him: “Miss Hicks says that that didn’t happen.” Corallo noted that he thinks that “if you’re going to charge impeachable offenses in articles of impeachment. Those are the kinds of stories that come up.”
“I pointed out that the statement was inaccurate and that there were documents, that I understood … would prove that. [Hicks] said, well nobody’s ever going to see those documents. Which you know made my throat dry up immediately. … A. that you would say something like that in the presence of the president of the United States. That you would not be aware that that could be construed as obstruction. Right? The threat to withhold documents? Like what does that mean that no one’s ever going to see them? What are you gonna destroy them? She showed a complete lack of understanding of the situation and was completely in over her head.”
— Mark Corallo
So now we have to wonder if Mueller did not conduct a follow-up interview with Hicks, confront her with her lies, and then get her to cop to the truth?
And if that is part of what Mueller put in his report it is likely only one of multiple instances where Trump lied, or directed others to lie, to cover up interactions with the Russians by family members or campaign staff.
There is really no argument to be made here, we need to see the report that the American taxpayers paid to have written, and not a summary either, the REAL report.
Until I read differently from the report itself I am going to keep on accusing this president of engaging in obstruction, and yes collusion.