The art of loyalty, the pain of betrayal

Former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski avoided executing an order by Mr Trump by passing the job to another official. Mr Trump called his longtime lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen a "rat" for cooperating with the Special Counsel. Former US Attorney-
Investigators present a detailed narrative showing US President Donald Trump calling aides at home at night, clearing the room to deliver a personal appeal, naming names and spewing insults - whatever it took to demand loyalty and hit back at perceived enemies.PHOTO: REUTERS
White House counsel Donald McGahn chose to resign rather than follow Mr Trump's order to remove the Special Counsel.
White House counsel Donald McGahn chose to resign rather than follow Mr Trump's order to remove the Special Counsel.PHOTO: NYTIMES
Former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski avoided executing an order by Mr Trump by passing the job to another official. Mr Trump called his longtime lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen a "rat" for cooperating with the Special Counsel. Former US Attorney-
Former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski avoided executing an order by Mr Trump by passing the job to another official.PHOTO: REUTERS
Former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski avoided executing an order by Mr Trump by passing the job to another official. Mr Trump called his longtime lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen a "rat" for cooperating with the Special Counsel. Former US Attorney-
Former US Attorney-General Jeff Sessions, in Mr Trump's view, failed to back up his boss by recusing himself from the probe. PHOTO: NYTIMES
Former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski avoided executing an order by Mr Trump by passing the job to another official. Mr Trump called his longtime lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen a "rat" for cooperating with the Special Counsel. Former US Attorney-
Mr Trump called his longtime lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen a "rat" for cooperating with the Special Counsel. PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

Mueller's report demonstrates how Trump's way of operating got him to where he is today

The cavalcade of evidence in the Mueller report showing that President Donald Trump repeatedly sought to limit, discourage and end the investigation into his campaign's connections to Russia's interference with US elections may or may not fit the legal definition of obstruction, but it definitively demonstrates how Mr Trump has always done business.

The President's unique, norm-smashing way of doing his job is a reflection of his campaign promise to be the ultimate disrupter, the outsider who would "drain the swamp" and bust up Washington's chummy power channels.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on April 21, 2019, with the headline 'The art of loyalty, the pain of betrayal'. Print Edition | Subscribe