Michael Wolff’s new book “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump’s White House” is already a real problem for Donald Trump in many ways; but one, in particular, will certainly get Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s attention: possible proof of obstruction of justice.
Conservative columnist Jennifer Rubin wrote in the Washington Post that there are two assertions made in the book that will likely be of interest to Mueller — who’s investigating the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia and any efforts to cover and possibly obstruct any criminal ties.
In the book, Wolff offers up new information about Trump dictating a statement on July 8 aboard Air Force One regarding Donald Trump Jr.’s June 2016 meeting with a Russian attorney after the New York Times broke the story.
The story offered up by President Trump soon crumbled after the president’s son issued the statement. Over the following three days, Don Jr. released emails revealing he’d been promised damaging information on Hillary Clinton as part of a Russian plot to assist Donald Trump win the election.
Rubin wrote: “This is damning both because it involves an effort arguably to cover up the real purpose of the meeting, and, more important because Trump was personally involved.”
The conservative columnist said if the claims in Wolff’s book are indeed true, it could provide a “powerful element” in an argument for obstruction of justice or an impeachment case.
Even more damning, Wolff wrote in the book that the spokesperson for Trump’s legal team quit his position because he believed the president committed a crime by dictating that statement.
Axios reported, “Mark Corallo … believed the meeting on Air Force One represented a likely obstruction of justice (and) quit.”
Rubin specified she didn’t believe Mueller would be interested in Corallo’s opinion, but he’ll likely be interviewed by the special prosecutor about whatever else he witnessed that brought him to the conclusion that Trump committed a criminal act of obstruction.
The second piece of information that is likely to draw Mueller’s attention, according Rubin, is that Trump’s former chief strategist, Steve Bannon, told Wolff that he believed Don Jr. invited members of that June 2016 meeting up to his father’s office to meet the president – including son-in-law Jared Kushner and then-campaign manager Paul Manafort.
The president had denied meeting with them, but Rubin believes Mueller will probably question Bannon on the matter along with anyone else who might have information on the June meeting – including the president himself.