President Donald Trump privately vented his frustration over Russia-related matters with at least two other Republican senators this month, according to people familiar with the conversations — in addition to the president’s public admonishments of Mitch McConnell, John McCain, and Jeff Flake.
Trump dialed up Sen. Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) on Aug. 7, two days before a blunt call with the Senate majority leader that spilled over into a public feud. Tillis is working with Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.) on a bill designed to protect Robert Mueller, the independent counsel investigating the president’s Russia connections, from any attempt by Trump to fire him.
The Mueller bill came up during the Tillis-Trump conversation, according to a source briefed on the call — the latest signal of the president’s impatience with GOP senators’ increasing declarations of independence from his White House. Trump was unhappy with the legislation and didn’t want it to pass, one person familiar with the call said.
As I said yesterday, Trump is an obstruction of justice machine. Off the top of my head, he tried to get Comey to stop the Flynn Probe, then fired him for not doing so. He basically admitted to this obstruction to Lester Holt, and then to Kislyak and Lavrov in the Oval Office. We also learned yesterday that Trump berated Sen. McConnell for not protecting him from Russia investigations. And now this!
This latest info regarding the pressuring of Tillis (and Sen. Corker, according to the article) is interesting because it suggests that GOP Senators are starting to turn on Trump, and therefore leaking. These leaks may well have had McConnell’s blessing.