Trump attacks New York Times report on Don McGahn's cooperation with Mueller

Trump attacks New York Times report on Don McGahn's cooperation with Mueller

This fits the media narrative that Mr. Trump is covering up his collusion with Russian Federation and his obstruction.

White House counsel Don McGahn's testimony to special counsel Robert Mueller's investigators is not protected under attorney-client privilege, but President Donald Trump "has nothing to fear" from counsel's cooperation, according to legal expert Alan Dershowitz.

McGahn shared some information investigators would not otherwise have known, The Times said, about events including Trump's attempts to fire Mueller.

It bears mentioning on a daily basis that no matter what happens, Trump's presidency will make history; the USA has never encountered an administration like Trump's, where the chief executive is convinced the government he leads is out to get him. "Witch Hunt!" Trump wrote on Twitter after the release of the report.

Dean tweeted Saturday night in response to the Times story: "Trump, a total incompetent, is bungling and botching his handling of Russiagate".

"Tough as he was, Roy [Cohn] always had a lot of friends, and I'm not embarrassed to say I was one", Trump wrote in the Art of the Deal, as quoted Sunday by CNN host Jake Tapper.

McGahn reportedly provided Mueller's team with evidence about Trump's firing of James Comey, his conversations with Attorney General Jeff Sessions about Comey's replacement, and internal White House discussions about potentially dismissing Mueller altogether. "Mr. McGahn answered the Special Counsel team's questions fulsomely and honestly", William Burck said, explaining the president did not ask McGahn to refrain from discussing any matters.

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With one more potential supporter of white nationalists out of the White House, Donald Trump might be feeling increasingly lonely with his alt-right views these days. Mr. McGahn cautioned to investigators that he never saw Mr. Trump go beyond his legal authorities.

"The failing [New York Times] wrote a Fake piece today implying that because White House Councel [sic] Don McGahn was giving hours of testimony to the Special Councel [sic], he must be a John Dean type 'RAT.' But I allowed him and all others to testify - I didn't have to", Trump wrote.

Don McGahn, a veteran Washington campaign finance attorney and former chairman of the Federal Election Commission, has been selected for White House counsel.

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.

Trump railed against the article Sunday morning, calling the "failing" New York Times "fake news" and claiming that he allowed McGahn and others to testify in the Mueller probe because the president has "nothing to hide".

After the story was published on Saturday, Mr. Trump tweeted that he had told White House staff to cooperate.

Trump's attorney Rudy Giuliani told CNN that McGahn was sanctioned to cooperate in the investigation and encouraged to do so by John Dowd, who was Trump's lead private attorney at the time.