McGahn seen as 'undercover operative' in White House

McGahn seen as 'undercover operative' in White House

Trump said the newspaper made it seem like McGahn had turned on the president - as White House counsel John Dean had in the Watergate investigation of former president Richard Nixon - "when in fact it is just the opposite".

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

Critics of the president have recently compared his decision to target the security clearances of critics and those involved in the Russian Federation investigation to the "enemies list" created by the Nixon White House to keep track of political opponents they meant to target with punitive measures.

President Donald Trump later said he had authorised Mr McGahn's co-operation with special counsel Robert Mueller.

The paper said McGahn was motivated in part by fear that the president might set him up to be held responsible.

In tweets over the weekend, Trump emphasized that he granted McGahn permission to talk with Mueller and his investigators.

Former White House lawyer Ty Cobb, who resigned in May after joining the administration last summer to assist the president with the Russian Federation probe, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The report said the president had wrongly believed that McGahn would act as his personal lawyer and exclusively defend his interests to investigators.

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"We are confident that he said nothing wrong about the president", Giuliani said on Fox News. "Mr. McGahn answered the Special Counsel team's questions fulsomely and honestly", William Burck said, explaining that the President did not ask Mr. McGahn to refrain from discussing any matters.

"Dean fired back, "@realDonaldTrump (I still have trouble using the title Mr. President for someone installed by Putin), I doubt you have ANY IDEA what McGahn has told Mueller.

Trump wrote on Twitter Saturday evening that he "allowed White House Counsel Don McGahn, and all other requested members of the White House Staff, to fully cooperate with the Special Counsel".

This has reignited an old internal attorney debate over whether Trump's team of attorneys should have cooperated fully with Mueller's attorneys, as attorney Dowd and another former Trump attorney Ty Cobb successfully argued at first to show the president had nothing to hide. "Most transparent in history", Trump wrote.

Trump could have invoked attorney-client and executive privilege to prevent McGahn from talking with investigators who are examining possible obstruction of justice by 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".

A source close to the probe told Reuters they did not believe Mr McGahn had provided any incriminating information. Trump has repeatedly called the probe a "witch hunt" that hasn't found evidence of collusion between his campaign and Moscow, and his allies in and out of the White House say the special counsel should wrap up the investigation.

Also Sunday, Giuliani claimed "truth isn't truth" in describing why his client should not meet with the special counselor.

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