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Ex-Ethics chief slams McGahn over report he pushed Sessions not to recuse

Ex-Ethics chief slams McGahn over report he pushed Sessions not to recuse

Walter ShaubWalter Michael ShaubStephen Hahn joining venture capital firm behind Moderna DOJ watchdog urged to investigate lawyers behind Barr memo redactions Ethics experts ask Senate to investigate Graham's probe of mail-in voting MORE, former director of the U.S. Office of Government Ethics, slammed White House Counsel Don McGahn on Thursday over a report that McGahn lobbied Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsThe Hill's Morning Report - After high-stakes Biden-Putin summit, what now? Border state governors rebel against Biden's immigration chaos Garland strikes down Trump-era asylum decisions MORE not to recuse himself in the probe into Russia's election interference.

Shaub took to Twitter to weigh in on The New York Times's report, which claimed McGahn heeded President TrumpDonald TrumpHead of firms that pushed 'Italygate' theory falsely claimed VA mansion was her home: report Centrists gain foothold in infrastructure talks; cyber attacks at center of Biden-Putin meeting VA moving to cover gender affirmation surgery through department health care MORE's orders and lobbied Sessions to remain at the helm of the probe. Sessions's recusal led to the appointment of Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerSenate Democrats urge Garland not to fight court order to release Trump obstruction memo Why a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel MORE as the Justice Department's special counsel.

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"This story infuriates me. I am outraged by McGahn undermining the rule of law in the country I love. While McGahn was demanding Sessions’ (sic) break the law, I was on the other line with DOJ demanding Sessions recuse. What I think of your attack on America, McGahn, isn’t fit to print," Shaub tweeted.

The New York Times reported Thursday that Trump ordered McGahn to ask Sessions not to recuse himself, believing that his top law enforcement official would protect him from the inquiry.

The move was unsuccessful, and Sessions recused himself. Sessions's deputy, Rod RosensteinRod RosensteinHouse Judiciary to probe DOJ's seizure of data from lawmakers, journalists The Hill's Morning Report - Biden-Putin meeting to dominate the week Media leaders to meet with Garland to discuss leak investigations MORE, later appointed the special counsel to investigate Trump campaign associates' ties to Russia.

"Where’s my Roy Cohn?” Trump reportedly asked McGahn, referring to his former personal lawyer and fixer who previously worked for Sen. Joseph McCarthy (R-Wis.).

Shaub is a frequent critic of Trump on Twitter over the administration's perceived conflicts of interests and ethics issues.

Last month, Shaub said that Trump's tweet that he knew former national security adviser Michael Flynn had lied to the FBI could have "ended" a presidency in past times.

“Are you ADMITTING you knew Flynn had lied to to the FBI when you asked Comey to back off Flynn?” Shaub tweeted in December.

“Before we slipped into an alternate universe of unabashed corruption, this tweet alone might have ended a Presidential administration," he added.