This is as meaty as last wknd’s thread on Mueller having the Transition Team emails.
Refresh your beverage and settle in.
This hasn’t been reported elsewhere so bear that in mind.
I’m going to presume it’s accurate.
First, let’s intro the key player: Don McGhan.
McGahn is the senior White House atty.
He was appointed by Trump but he is not Trump’s atty. He is the WH’s atty.
They can’t land on a narrative.
Well, that’s interesting.
As we know from the reporting after Flynn’s indictment, Flynn is prepared to testify that Trump himself told him to make those calls...
McGahn, suspecting those Russian calls might have been a crime - and suspecting Flynn might have/did know that, asked Yates “how Flynn did in his interview”.
McGahn took the hint and researched what ADDITIONAL liability Flynn might now have.
The WH blamed Don McGahn for not sounding the alarm.
That didn’t sit well with him.
As it turns out, Don McGahn is no dummy.
In fact, he might be the lone smart guy in the place.
McGahn put this all in writing... and then he turned it over to Mueller.
That knowledge on Trump’s part is the golden key to an obstruction case.
He’s got a guy on his staff who CYAed himself up the wazoo and just discredited every WH version of events.
...but wait, there’s a bonus Easter Egg in here for us...
Reince was quite mean to McGahn.
So, did Reince lie or sing like a canary?
Priebus and McGahn have the same attorney.
If Priebus and McGahn were testifying to opposing sets of facts, the attorney could not represent them both.
That would be a conflict of interest.
Translation: Reince is dropping dimes on Donnie Dunce Cap.
Reince Priebus corroborating McGahn’s account - which Mueller has in writing - provides the single hardest piece of the obstruction puzzle:
Proving awareness that a crime had been committed.
...and he has every other aide in a vice where they can either pile firewood on Donnie’s pyre or go down for perjury and obstruction too.