Trump attacks 'disgraced' Mueller and rails against 'phony' obstruction claims

Leroy Wright
August 20, 2018

But McGahn has viewed his role as a protector of the presidency, not of Trump, and people close to the president now believe it was a mistake to have cooperated so fully with the special counsel.

Citing a dozen current and former White House officials and others briefed on the matter, the newspaper said White House Counsel Donald McGahn had shared information, some of which the investigators would not have known about.

As White House counsel, McGahn has had extraordinary access to the president and some of his most controversial moves.

"The president encouraged him to testify, is happy that he did, is quite secure that there is nothing in the testimony that will hurt the president", Giuliani said on NBC's Meet the Press.

President Donald Trump on Monday railed against special counsel Robert Mueller in a second day of angry tweets that drew comparisons to Watergate, insisted his general counsel isn't a "RAT" like President Richard Nixon's and accused Mueller's team of "looking for trouble".

According to The New York Times, McGahn became increasingly concerned about Trump's encouragement of his interviews with the special counsel, and feared Trump was setting him up to take the fall for possible illegal acts.

Trump also assailed the Mueller investigation Sunday.

With the Robert Mueller probe is still appearing to be in it's infancy when compared to previous investigations of sitting presidents and politicians, Trump is trying his hardest to put an end to the investigation into himself and his campaign.

The top lawyer in the White House is "co-operating extensively" with the Russian Federation inquiry into election meddling, the New York Times reports.

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On TV Sunday, Giuliani admitted that his knowledge of McGahn's testimony came second-hand from John Dowd, a former Trump attorney.

That report said that if charges are not prepared by the end of August, prosecutors in NY will likely bring them after the midterms, following justice department policy regarding politically sensitive cases.

Once the President's legal team made the decision to waive executive and attorney-client privilege, McGahn had no choice except to cooperate, the source said.

Trump's rant comes amid reports that Mueller's team spent 30 hours interviewing White House counsel Don McGahn, which Trump claimed is proof that Mueller's team has no evidence. "Rigged Witch Hunt!" Trump wrote on Twitter.

McGahn cautioned to investigators he never saw Trump go beyond his legal authorities.

Rudy Giuliani, who joined the president's outside legal team after Dowd resigned, told Reuters on Saturday that Trump's lawyers had been in contact with McGahn's counsel after he was interviewed and possessed "emails that say he provided nothing that was damaging or incriminating to the president".

"When you tell me that, you know, he should testify because he's going to tell the truth and he shouldn't worry, well that's so silly because it's somebody's version of the truth".

Trump on Sunday tweeted multiple times about Mueller's probe into possible ties between his campaign and Russian Federation, calling the investigation "McCarthyism at its worst".

"I'll use his words rather than mine", Giuliani told NBC, "that McGahn was a strong witness for the president".

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