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Trump Reportedly Went Off on McConnell for Not Doing More to ‘Protect Him’ on Russia Probe

One of the nuggets in a fascinating New York Times piece on the fractured relationship between President Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell concerns the President’s continued frustrations on the Russia probe.

Multiple reports (and his own tweets) have made it clear Trump is unhappy about the “witch hunt” going on, but the Times report tonight says that he is unhappy McConnell isn’t doing more to defend him on it.

After McConnell dinged Trump on his “excessive expectations” for Congress, the President called him up to vent, but at one point Russia came into the conversation:

During the call, which Mr. Trump initiated on Aug. 9 from his New Jersey golf club, the president accused Mr. McConnell of bungling the health care issue. He was even more animated about what he intimated was the Senate leader’s refusal to protect him from investigations of Russian interference in the 2016 election, according to Republicans briefed on the conversation.

This phone call, the Times reports, “quickly devolved into a profane shouting match.”

You can read the full Times report here.

UPDATE –– 7:39 pm ET: According to CNN’s Manu Raju, not only was Trump shouting at McConnell over the Russia probe, but over the Russia sanctions bill as well:

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