MSNBC's Rachel Maddow Unpacks the Wild Story of How Ukraine Thwarted Mueller to Win Favor with Trump
MSNBC's Rachel Maddow dug into a stunning New York Times story Wednesday that found the Ukrainian government deliberately stopped cooperating with special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation in order to gain favor with President Donald Trump's administration.
The gambit appears to have worked — Ukraine eventually received military aid from the U.S. government. But the report may raise even more important questions than the those that it answers.
"We now know, based on this remarkable new report from Andrew Kramer in the New York Times today, that this government in this other country spiked those investigations, spiked the offer for their prosecutors to cooperate with Mueller, specifically to curry favor with Donald Trump and the U.S. government," Maddow said. "'Cause they wouldn't want to help Mueller — that might make Trump mad. We also know that when they made that decision to drop those prosecutions in Ukraine, the president and the U.S. government changed their longstanding position on whether to sell that country anti-tank weapons."
She continued: "So did the U.S. government, did the Trump White House, ask for that particular favor from Ukraine?"
Kramer's story, to be clear, does not provide any indication that such a request was made. But if it did take place, it would be even more evidence that the president was attempting to obstruct justice — and it would constitute a remarkable imposition of partisan politics and Trump's personal legal standing into U.S. foreign policy.
Watch the clip below:
Did the Trump administration actually ask Ukraine to stop helping Robert Mueller? We should probably ask. pic.twitter.com/65WLsv1OvS— Maddow Blog (@MaddowBlog) May 3, 2018