White House lawyer McGahn isn't 'a John Dean type 'RAT

Remigio Civitarese
Agosto 19, 2018

The White House's top lawyer has cooperated extensively with the special counsel investigating Russian interference in the 2016 US election, sharing detailed accounts about the episodes at the heart of the inquiry into whether President Donald Trump obstructed justice, the New York Times reported on Saturday.

Citing a dozen unnamed sources, the Times reports McGahn has shared "detailed accounts about the episodes at the heart of the inquiry into whether President Trump obstructed justice, including some that investigators would not have learned of otherwise".

"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," Mr. Trump tweeted.

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.

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

The president suggested McGahn had his full support to talk with Mueller.

"I allowed White House Counsel Don McGahn, and all other requested members of the White House Staff, to fully cooperate with the Special Counsel", Trump tweeted.

While Trump maintains that he OK'd the meetings, Dean believes that McGahn's enthusiasm may be "self-preservation".

The newspaper said it was unclear whether Trump knew the extent of McGahn's cooperation, noting that it is rare for a lawyer be so open with investigators. He reportedly gave insight into Trump's demeanor regarding Mueller's investigation.

Mr McGahn's own lawyer on Saturday said his client had "answered the Special Counsel team's questions fulsomely and honestly".

The special counsel declined to comment when contacted by Fox News.

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

The Times report comes amid pressure from Rudy Giuliani, Trump's personal attorney, for Mueller to conclude the monthslong investigation.

Donald Trump has still not said when - or if - he might release his tax returns.

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