Tiger Beat on the Potomac (thanks Charlie!) brings us the latest development:
“The House Judiciary Committee will subpoena former White House staff secretary Rob Porter, a key witness in former special counsel Robert Mueller’s obstruction of justice investigation into President Donald Trump, as the panel weighs whether to recommend articles of impeachment.”
This Porter, as you may recall, is the serial wife-beater who was ultimately fired/resigned (depending on who you believe) and was witness to several instances of (ALLEGED!) obstruction of justice:
“At one point, according to the report, Trump instructed Porter to inquire with a top Justice Department official at the time, Rachel Brand, about taking over supervision duties of the Mueller probe. Trump was particularly incensed that Attorney General Jeff Sessions had recused himself from overseeing the investigation, and Mueller’s report chronicles Trump’s attempts to fire or otherwise interfere with the probe.
“Porter ultimately declined to reach out to Brand “because he was sensitive to the implications of that action and did not want to be involved in a chain of events associated with an effort to end the investigation or fire the special counsel,” according to the report.
“Porter was also present when Trump lashed out at McGahn for refusing to comply with the president’s directives to have Mueller fired. Porter’s contemporaneous notes documented Trump’s deep frustrations with McGahn, including his threats to fire the White House counsel. The notes also revealed that Trump called McGahn a “lying bastard” and accused him of leaking damaging information to the news media.
“Porter also wrote that McGahn believed Trump’s threats to fire him were empty because of the poor optics of such a decision. It was that belief that motivated McGahn to resist Trump’s directives, including that McGahn write a false letter denying a New York Times story that revealed the president’s instruction to have Mueller fired.”
And you better believe that the Russian Usurper is going to do everything it can to block Porter from testifying. And, if Porter does testify, they have their built-in character assassination ready: why would anyone believe this violent misogynist? We fired his ass, he just wants revenge!