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New York Times Publishes Expose on Trump s Past Two Years Fighting Multiple Legal Cases Against Him
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20 Feb 2019 01:46 PM EST

Laura Tucker, Staff writer; Image: Donald Trump (Image source: Marc Nozell via Wikimedia Commons)


For a man who feels the need to defend himself relentlessly on every point against him, Donald Trump has not had a good go of it as of late. It seems with each hit he loses more and more of his base, and this includes last week when he declared a national emergency to get the funding for his elusive border wall.


And now he's taken another huge hit. The New York Times published a long report that focused on the moves the president has made to kill this legal drama that includes the Russia investigation and many lawsuits that involve his family and business. 

The report had one new accusation that was previously unpublished. It discussed Trump calling former Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker and asking him to appoint a prosecutor, Geoffrey Berman, who had previously recused himself to head up the Southern District of New York investigation into Michael Cohen, Trump's former personal attorney.


What makes that situation stunning is not only had Berman previously recused himself from the Cohen investigation, but he's also a perceived loyalist to Trump. He's also the former law partner of Rudy Giuliani, the former mayor of New York and Trump's current personal attorney. 

Of course, Trump has made no bigger move than his constant criticism of the Russia investigation. He is repeatedly blasting every facet he can in the investigation from the Democrats, to Special Counsel Robert Mueller, to his former allies who have taken plea deals.


In fact, Trump has done this so often, that it doesn't even seem effective anymore, not that it was really effective to begin with. But he continues to lament the same things over and over again, be it on Twitter, in interviews, in press conferences, or when caught by the press heading out to Mar-a-Lago. 

Trump has even attacked the FBI, believing they are part of the conspiracy against him. His attorneys like his attack on the investigation, as they feel it's not believable that he would be involved in such a conspiracy.


Trump was orchestrating it from the very beginning, though, before Mueller was even appointed and when the entire probe was in the hands of the FBI who were concerned that Russia had possibly interfered with the 2016 election. 

The first departure from his administration was former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn. He resigned on February 13, 2017, just weeks after Trump had taken office. This was after it had been reported that he had been in touch with Russia's ambassador to the United States in December 2016 and that he had discussed sanctions levied by the Obama administration.


Flynn explained that he resigned after he "inadvertently" misled Vice President Mike Pence and other officials about his discussions with the ambassador.  

Regardless of the real reason or what he had said, Trump and his advisers met the next day to discuss how to explain Flynn's resignation.


Someone mentioned that former House Speaker Paul Ryan had told reporters that Trump had asked Flynn to resign. Trump liked the sound of that much better than Flynn's reason in his resignation letter and told former White House press secretary Sean Spicer to "say that" when he discussed Flynn's departure with the news media. 

And with that, Trump thought he had officially ended the Russia investigation. When he had lunch with former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, he said that firing Flynn would end the Russia investigation.


Christie, who is out with a new book, reports that the president told him, "This Russia thing is all over now because I fired Flynn." 

But Christie disagreed and told him, "This Russia thing is far from over," He explains in the book that Trump responded, "What do you mean? Flynn met with the Russians. That was the problem. I fired Flynn. It's over."


Also present at the lunch was senior adviser Jared Kushner. He saw the whole thing the same as his father-in-law. "That's right, firing Flynn ends the whole Russian thing." 

Of course, it's two years later, and there has been so much more that has been said and done in the "the whole Russian thing." There have been multiple indictments of Americans and Russians, plea deals, and guilty verdicts. There has never been anyone in the investigation to be found "not guilty,"


But that has never stopped Trump. He has continued to refer to the investigation as a "witch hunt" and continued to deride everyone he perceives as going against him. He had high praise for Cohen until he testified against him, then he had nothing good to say at all and insisted he barely used his legal services. 

It's thought that the investigation is wrapping up; however, at the same time there is still new information emerging. It's unknown how close the investigation or other legal challenges are getting to be able to bring charges against Trump, his family, or his business, but from all indications, it's close, at least close enough to cause Trump to continue to keep striking out and trying to cover up.

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