Wallace: Trump 'Owes a Tremendous Debt of Gratitude' to Aides Who Didn't Follow His Directions
They may have 'saved the president from himself.'
"Fox News Sunday" anchor Chris Wallace said one of the most interesting revelations from the Mueller report is that President Trump repeatedly directed staff to do things that may have interfered with the Russia investigation, but no one pursued them.
“On June 17, 2017, the president called [White House Counsel Don] McGahn at home and directed him to call the Acting Attorney General and say that the Special Counsel had conflicts of interest and must be removed. McGahn did not carry out the direction, however, deciding that he would resign rather than trigger what he regarded as a potential Saturday Night Massacre,” the report stated, referencing the Watergate scandal.
The report also revealed that when the media reported of the president’s request for McGahn to have Mueller removed, the president directed White House officials “to tell McGahn to dispute the story and create a record stating he had not been ordered to have the special counsel removed.”
“McGahn refused to back away from what he remembered happening,” the report said.
On "America's Newsroom" Thursday, just after the release of the report, Wallace said Trump owes "a tremendous debt of gratitude" to McGahn and others who did not do what Trump instructed them to do regarding Mueller's investigation.
"This could clearly be seen, had it happened, as a potential obstruction of justice. He's fired James Comey, now he wants to fire Robert Mueller, just a month later," Wallace said.
He noted that the report also reveals that two days after the initial request to McGahn, the president made another attempt to “affect the course of the Russia investigation.”
Wallace explained that Trump wanted Attorney General Jeff Sessions -- who had recused himself from the Russia probe -- to make a public announcement saying that the investigation was "very unfair" to the president, and from that point forward Mueller "would only be investigating election meddling for future elections."
A senior White House official, Rick Dearborn, however, did not follow through with the task.
"Again, had this been carried out, you really might have tipped over into the question of obstruction of justice," Wallace said, adding that it appears that Trump's aides may have "saved the president from himself."
Watch more from Wallace above.