Trump says his White House counsel not a ‘RAT’ like Nixon’s

Trump claims he instructed White House counsel to cooperate with Mueller

Greg Nash

Rudy Giuliani, who joined the president's outside legal team after Dowd resigned, told Reuters on Saturday that Trump's lawyers had been in contact with McGahn's counsel after he was interviewed and possessed "emails that say he provided nothing that was damaging or incriminating to the president".

Jury deliberations in Paul Manafort's first (of two) trials are expected to end this week, and whether special counsel Robert Mueller can secure a guilty verdict against the man who led Trump's campaign will be a pivotal moment for the probe, which Trump continues to attack as a "witch hunt".

The New York Times reported Saturday that McGahn was participating in Robert Mueller's investigation into the Trump campaign's potential ties to Russian Federation and providing an "unusual" amount of information about the president to the prosecutors.

McGahn is "doing exactly the right thing, not merely to protect himself, but to protect his client".

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

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"Truth is truth", Meet the Press host Chuck Todd interjected.

United States 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 newspaper also reported that, according to a person with knowledge of the President's thinking, Trump incorrectly thought that McGahn would act as a personal attorney would and exclusively defend the President's interests in interactions with the special counsel team.

The Times reported that McGahn has told investigators that he has not witnessed the President take any action that exceeds "his legal authorities".

Also on Saturday, Mr. Trump tweeted that he had encouraged Mr. McGahn and White House staff to cooperate with investigators. CNN previously reported there had been three interviews between McGahn and Mueller's team.

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In his Twitter rant, Trump went 20 years back in time from Watergate, to the "red scare" of the 1950s.

Yet on Sunday, Times' writers Maggie Haberman and Michael S. Schmidt dropped a new bombshell, reporting that "President Trump's lawyers do not know just how much the White House counsel, Donald F. McGahn II, told the special counsel's investigators during months of interviews".

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.

"The president wrongly believed that Mr. McGahn would act as a personal lawyer would for clients and exclusively defend his interests to investigators, according to a person with knowledge of his thinking". He added about the Times report, "We think it was leaked to get the President to testify - that he would get angry at (McGahn) the way he did at Omarosa - and would want to testify".

"Time for Mueller investigation to file report", Giuliani wrote on Twitter.

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