President Trump Attacks Report On White House Counsel's Cooperation With Mueller

President Trump Attacks Report On White House Counsel's Cooperation With Mueller

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".

An enraged Trump responded to the report on Twitter, calling it a "fake piece" and claimed that he allowed McGahn and others to testify.

Giuliani was trying to make the case that having Trump sit down for an interview with special counsel Robert Mueller's team wouldn't accomplish much because of the he-said-she-said nature of witnesses' recollections.

However, McGahn's lawyer gave only a small amount of information about what was said to Mueller.

"Ask Rudy", a reference to Trump's current lead lawyer in the special counsel investigation, Rudy Giuliani.

"People always view cooperation as giving up incriminating information but you can cooperate, tell the truth and not give up incriminating information because there's none to give up", Giuliani said.

U.S. President Donald Trump on Sunday angrily denounced the federal probe of Russia's 2016 election meddling as "McCarthyism at its WORST!", insisting he had authorized his White House counsel to testify to bring the matter to a close.

The story, by Michael Schmidt and Maggie Haberman, said McGahn has provided the Mueller investigation with "detailed accounts about the episodes at the heart of the inquiry into whether President Trump obstructed justice".

According to the New York Times, McGahn described Trump's furore towards the Russian Federation investigation and the ways in which the president urged McGahn to respond to it.

The president reiterated that message on Sunday.

On Saturday evening, Mr. McGahn's lawyer confirmed that the White House counsel had cooperated with Robert Mueller's team.

McGahn has told the Special Counsel's investigators about Trump's responses to the Russian Federation investigation, the president's firing of FBI Director James Comey, and attempts to pressure Attorney General Jeff Sessions to reassume control over the probe after he recused himself.

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said the president and McGahn "have a great relationship". "I don't think it is a reach to have that in your consciousness".

Mr Trump on Sunday continued to rail against the Mueller investigation, which he has labelled a "witch hunt". While Trump believes McGahn is not loyal enough, McGahn has called the president "King Kong" behind his back because of his temper tantrums, the Times is reporting. Joseph McCarthy in the 1950s to expose communists.

Cohen has said recently that his loyalties lie with his family and not Trump, suggesting he may be willing to cooperate with prosecutors. The former FBI director James Comey (fired by Trump in an event looked at by Mueller regarding potential obstruction of justice), fired deputy FBI director Andrew McCabe and fired FBI agent Peter Strzok are among those reported under threat of similar treatment.