White House counsel reported to be cooperating extensively with Mueller probe

by Abel Hampton August 20, 2018, 21:08
White House counsel reported to be cooperating extensively with Mueller probe

McGahn, according to the Times story, has voluntarily provided Mueller's team a wealth of information about Trump's behavior, beyond what might be expected from someone in his position.

"We protected [the President] by not asserting attorney-client privilege", Dowd added, saying that if Trump's legal team had not allowed for White House officials like McGahn to undergo voluntary interviews with Mueller's team, then they would have been called to testify before a grand jury".

Trump objected and insisted that McGahn would never "rat" on the president as John Dean had in the 1970s. "It would have been like having the keys to the kingdom".

People close to McGahn also said he grew concerned Trump had chose to allow him to cooperate in the investigation to construct a defense that he was following McGahn's poor legal advice on decisions such as the Comey firing, which could be viewed as obstruction of Justice, according to the report.

Trump used his tweets Sunday morning, which he wrote from his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey, to intensify his assault on the special counsel investigation. So, McGahn and his attorney William Burck came up with their own strategy to cooperate fully and prove McGahn engaged in no wrongdoing, the Timessaid.

"I can't imagine that McGahn would still be White House counsel if he had produced any damaging information", said Mark Corallo, a former spokesman for the president's legal team.

In a fresh burst of tweets early on Monday, he continued his attacks on the special counsel and his investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election, links between Trump aides and Moscow and possible obstruction of justice.

Shortly after Trump's criticism, the New York Times tweeted that it "stands behind the reporting of our Pulitzer-Prize winning reporters @nytmike and @maggieNYT".

President Donald Trump on Sunday slammed a report that he was not fully aware of the extent of White House counsel Don McGahn's cooperation with the special counsel's investigation.

Beschloss told The New York Times, "This sure has echoes of Richard Nixon's White House counsel, John Dean, who in 1973 feared that Nixon was setting him up as a fall guy for Watergate and secretly gave investigators crucial help while still in his job".

"Where's the Collusion?" the president said in another tweet. They went on to report Trump threatened to fire McGahn if he didn't issue the denial. "So bad for America!"

"Study the late Joseph McCarthy, because we are now in period with Mueller and his gang that make Joseph McCarthy look like a baby!" he wrote in another tweet. Joseph McCarthy, who alleged that Communist agents and Soviet spies had infiltrated the USA government, accusing some of treason without evidence.

The Whitewater investigation of President Clinton lasted nearly 8 years, while the Iran-Contra investigation during Reagan's presidency lasted almost 7 years.

Brennan told NBC's Meet the Press he might take Trump to court. Trump said of the special counsel, Robert Mueller, and his federal prosecutors.


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