May 3, 2019

PERMANENT RECORD:

Watergate had the Nixon tapes. Mueller had Annie Donaldson's notes. (Carol D. Leonnig, May 3, 2019, wASHINGTON pOST)

The notes, scribbled rapidly on a legal pad, captured the fear inside the White House when President Trump raged over the Russia investigation and decreed he was firing the FBI director who led it: "Is this the beginning of the end?"

The angst-filled entry is part of a shorthand diary that chronicled the chaotic days in Trump's West Wing, a trove that the special counsel report cited more than 65 times as part of the evidence that the president sought to blunt a criminal investigation bearing down on him.

The public airing of the notes -- which document then-White House counsel Donald McGahn's contemporaneous account of events and his fear that the president was engaged in legally risky conduct -- has infuriated Trump.

Only one type of person opposes record keeping.

Posted by at May 3, 2019 8:28 AM

  

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