Apparently Trump really does want to be charged with obstruction.
On Tuesday, Trump’s chief counsel John Dowd told USA Today that Trump has been sending private messages through his lawyer to special counsel Bob Mueller. Dowd said they were messages expressing Trump’s “appreciation and greetings” for Mueller.
“[Trump] appreciates what Bob Mueller is doing. He asked me to share that with him and that’s what I’ve done.”
“The president has sent messages back and forth.”
Apparently, we’re supposed to believe that Trump is sending Mueller innocent love letters despite the fact that we have heard with our own ears Trump repeatedly and publicly disparaging Mueller and the investigation. And I guess we’re supposed to just ignore all of Trump’s “witch hunt” and “hoax” talk.
Dowd insists that Trump has absolutely no problem with Mueller. And he claims that all of the communications between the White House and Mueller have been “proper.”
“We get along well with Bob Mueller; our communications have been constructive,’’ the attorney told USA Today. “But it is important that our communications remain confidential. It’s important that there not be any breakdown in that trust.’’
Trump is likely already under investigation for obstruction of justice because of what he did with Comey. And one of the things that got Trump in trouble was that he held private meetings with Comey where he asked for a loyalty pledge and pressured him to drop the investigation into Flynn.
Evidently Trump didn’t learn his lesson. Because now he’s sending private messages to Mueller.
But Dowd claims that Trump has never considered firing Mueller. (He probably said the same thing about Comey.)
“That’s never been on the table, never,’’ he said. “It’s a manifestation of the media. My dealings with Bob Mueller have always been cordial, respectful — the way it should be.”
Who knows what these private messages really say. Clearly this lawyer is not telling the truth. But whatever they say, it certainly looks like an attempt to intimidate the special counsel and possibly obstruct the investigation.