Catching Up on the Mueller Report: What’s Next? – The New York Times
News accounts proved to be accurate
The report summarized and elaborated on false statements, exploring why so many people lied, changed their stories and issued misleading statements to both the public and federal authorities â all of which helped fuel the investigation.
One of those instances came when it was reported that Mr. Trump asked Mr. McGahn to fire Mr. Mueller. Mr. Trump denied the reports to reporters but Mr. McGahn confirmed them to investigators.
After the F.B.I. director, James B. Comey, was fired, Mr. Trump wanted the deputy attorney general, Rod J. Rosenstein, to tell the news media that the firing was Mr. Rosensteinâs idea. Mr. Rosenstein refused, saying that if âthe press asked him he would tell the truth,â the report said.
While Mr. Trump has called unflattering reports about his behavior as president âfake news,â some of the most unflattering stories about Mr. Trump were accurate, and White House officials often knew that was the case even as they heaped criticism on journalists.