September 28, 2019

IT'S ONLY OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE!:

Did the White House Hide a Bombshell Memo From Mueller? (DAHLIA LITHWICK, SEPT 28, 2019, Slate)

[H]ere's where Friday night's Washington Post story perhaps magnifies the Ukraine scandal: The report, by Shane Harris, Josh Dawsey and Ellen Nakashima, alleges that there is a memorandum summarizing the White House meeting  on May 10, 2017, between Donald Trump and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak, a meeting at which Trump revealed highly classified information that exposed a foreign agent, and at which he also told Lavrov and Kislyak  that firing FBI Director James B. Comey the previous day had relieved "great pressure" on him.

The Post goes on to note that "it is not clear whether a memo documenting the May 10, 2017, meeting with Lavrov and Kislyak was placed into that system, but the three former officials said it was restricted to a very small number of people." Here's the problem: That May 10 2017 White House meeting was the subject of intense scrutiny by the Mueller probe, because it went directly to the question of why Comey was fired. Page 71 of the second volume of the Mueller Report notes that "In the morning on May 10, 2017, President Trump met with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak in the Oval Office." The footnote cites to a White House Document entitled "Working Visit with Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov of Russia" which is dated 5/9/17, the day before the meeting, and to an email (5/9/17 White House Document, "Working Visit with Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov of Russia"); SCR08_001274 (5/10/17 Email, Ciaramella to Kelly et al.).  That's the only document that seems to have been produced in reference to the May 10 meeting. There is confirmation of Trump's remarks about Comey's firing being a relief from Sean Spicer and Hope Hicks.

That's it. The May 10 meeting is supported by an email. Now the question becomes, if there was a memorandum of that meeting, how is it possible that it was not produced to Mueller?



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