Robert Porter in the Mueller Report - 38 Mentions

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Robert Porter, who was the White House Staff Secretary at the time, said that in the days after the President

East trip, the President took SessiOns’s letter out of a drawer in the Oval Office and showed it to Porter

Porter 4/13/18 302, at 8. 5“ Priebus 1/18/18 302, at 12; Bannen 2/14/18 302, at 10; McGahn 3/8

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order an investigation of Clinton.738 In early July 2017, the President asked Staff Secretary Rob Porter

what he thought of Associate Attorney General Rachel Brand.739 Porter recalled that the President asked

him if Brand was good, tough, and “on the team.”740 The President also asked if Porter thought Brand

Mar—auLago for Sessions to unrecuse). 73” Sessions 1/17/18 302, at 15. 73" Sessions 1/17/18 302, at 15. 7” Porter

4/13/18 302, at 1 1; Porter 5/8/18 302, at 6. 74° Porter 4/13/t8 302, at 1 1; Porter 5/8/18 302, at

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, the President asked Porter a few times in passing whether he had spoken to Brand, but Porter did not

4/13/18 302, at 11; Porter 5/8/18 302, at 6.

See 28 U.S.C, § 508. 742 Porter 4/13/18 302, at l 1; Porter 5/8/18 302, at 6. ”’43 SC__RRP000020 (Porter

7/10/17 Notes). 7"“ Porter 4/13/18 302, at 11-12

“5 Porter 4/13/18 302, at 11-12. 7‘6 Porter 4/13/18 302, at 1 1-12.

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attended, the President again suggested that Sessions could “unrecuse,” which Porter linked to taking

5/8/18 302, at 10. ’53 SCWRRP000024 (Porter 10/16/17 Notes); see Porter 5/8/18 302, at 10. 754 Porter

ET) Tweet. 757 Porter 4/13/18 302, at 5-6; see SC_RRP000031 (Porter 12/6/17 Notes) (“12:45pm With the

Also COS Kelly”). 75“ Porter 5/8/18 302, at 12; Porter 4/13/18 302, at 5-6. 759 SC__RRP000033 (Porter

12/6/17 Notes); see Porter 4/13/18 302, at 6; Porter 5/8/18 302, at 12. 109

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operate according to the law.”760 Sessions also said, “I never saw anything that was improper,” which Porter

12/6/17 Notes); see Porter 4/13/18 302, at 6. 76‘ SC_RRP000033 (Porter 12/6/17 Notes); Porter 4/13/18

302, at 6. 762 Porter 4/13/18 302, at 6-7. 763 Michael S.

“Look Very Bad”, New York Times (Dec. 28, 2017). ’65 Porter 4/13/18 302, at 14. 7“ Porter 5/8/18 302

SC_RRP000047 (Porter 1/27/18 Notes). 767 Porter 5/8/18 302, at 15- 16. 768 See, e.g., @realDonaldTrump

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When the President raised the issue again in December 2017, the President said, as recorded by Porter

2017, shortly after Flynn pleaded guilty, the President spoke to Sessions in the Oval Office with only Porter

Porter linked that request to the President’s desire that Sessions take back supervision of the Russia

President described as protecting their 776 E. g. ,, Del Quentin Wilbur & Byron Tau, Special Counsel Robert

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SC_RRP000053 (Porter Undated Notes).

Porter 4/13/18 302, at 17.

McGahn 3/8/18 302, at 4, 795 Porter 4/13/18 302, at 17, 7% Porter 4/13/18 302, at 17. 797 Porter 4/13

/18 302, at 17. 79“ Porter 4/13/18 302, at 17; Porter 5/8/18 302, at 18. 79‘?

Porter 4/13/18 302, at 17; Porter 5/8/18 302, at 18. 115

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effect of, “If he doesn’t write a letter, then maybe I’ll have to get rid of him.”800 Later that day, Porter

spoke to McGahn to deliver the President’s message.801 Porter told McGahn that he had to write a letter

You’re the White House counsel.”12 8°“ Porter 4/13/18 302, at 17. 8‘“ Porter 4/13/18 302, at 17; McGahn

“2 Porter 4/13/18 302, at 17; McGahn 3/8/18 302, at 4. 303 Porter 4/13/18 302, at 17; McGahn 3/8/18

302, at 4. 304 Porter 4/13/18 302, at 17; McGahn 3/8/18 302, at 4. 805 Porter 4/13/18 302, at 17;

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More than a week later, the President brought up the issue again with Porter, made comments indicating

the President thought McGahn had leaked the story, and directed Porter to have McGahn create a record

McGahn again refiised and told Porter, as he had told Sanders and as his counsel had told the President

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Podobnyy, Victor Poliakova, Elena Polonskaya, Olga Pompee, Michael Porter, Robert Priebus, Reince

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