Published: Sun, August 19, 2018

Trump compares Mueller probe to McCarthyism

Trump compares Mueller probe to McCarthyism

White House Counsel Don McGahn is cooperating with special counsel Robert Mueller and has met with investigators at least three times in nine months as the FBI investigates possible obstruction of justice on the part of President Donald Trump, the New York Times reported Saturday.

Trump tweeted early Sunday morning calling a New York Times "FAKE" that reported that McGahn has discussed accounts of multiple episodes at the center of Mueller's probe into whether Trump obstructed justice.

McGahn has met with Mueller's team at least three times and has been questioned by the special counsel's team more extensively than any other member of the White House staff who has gone for an interview, the sources said.

Mueller had requested to speak with McGahn about the circumstances surrounding former FBI Director James Comey's firing and his reported involvement in the event surrounding Attorney General Jeff Sessions' recusing himself from the Russian Federation investigation, the sources said.

"And his client is not Donald Trump; his client is the office of the president", said Dean, who was White House counsel under Richard Nixon.

The newspaper reported McGahn's motivation to speak with the special counsel as an unusual move that was in response to a decision by Trump's first team of lawyers to cooperate fully.

The White House counsel also told Mueller's team about Trump's attempts to fire the Special Counsel.

It seems as though Trump is saying that Mueller is blaming the Russians (like McCarthy did with the Soviets) as a means for the Special Counsel to bring down the United States government. He stated that he "allowed" McGahn and "all others" to testify, and that he "didn't have to".

He provided the investigators examining whether Mr. Trump obstructed justice a clear view of the president's most intimate moments with his lawyer.

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

Trump, meanwhile, appears to have mistakenly believed that McGahn would act as his personal attorney who would defend the president's interests.

Mueller's investigation has resulted in several guilty pleas by people once connected to the Trump campaign for lying to the FBI.

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders told Fox News, "The president and Don have a great relationship". He said he did not know if reports that Trump had considered that were true or not.

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