Trump attacks 'disgraced' Mueller and rails against 'phony' obstruction claims

Glen Norman
August 21, 2018

Mr Trump's original legal team had encouraged Mr McGahn and other White House officials to cooperate with Mr Mueller, and Mr McGahn spent hours in interviews.

Dean, Nixon's White House counsel and a frequent critic of Trump, tweeted on Sunday (Monday NZT) that he doubts the president has "ANY IDEA what McGahn has told Mueller".

On Saturday evening, Mr. McGahn's lawyer confirmed that the White House counsel had cooperated with Robert Mueller's team. That is a key part to an obstruction of justice case.

"I'll use his words rather than mine", Giuliani told NBC, "that McGahn was a strong witness for the president".

President Trump is once again calling into question Special Counsel Robert Mueller's ongoing Russian Federation probe, suggesting the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director is "just someone looking for trouble".


In more than 30 hours of testimony over the past 9 months, the Times said McGahn laid out for investigators Trump's fury over the probe and the ways in which he asked McGahn to respond to it.

The news follows a Saturday report by the Times that McGahn had been cooperating with Mueller extensively. (Clinton was impeached but not removed from office; Nixon would have been impeached and removed had he not resigned.) President Trump, by contrast, has not committed any overtly illegal act.

Beattie worked as a professor of political science at Duke University during the 2016 election and was one of few professors to have publicly supported Trump during the campaign and accurately predicted his election victory.

TheTimes reported that McGahn and his lawyer were surprised by Trump's decision to allow him to talk with the special counsel and anxious it was a trick created to set up McGahn to take the blame for any possible obstruction charges.

Trump upbraided the press for supposedly fixating on the Mueller investigation and said it should focus more energy on the corruption of Democrats.


"Study the late Joseph McCarthy, because we are now in a period with Mueller and his gang that make Joseph McCarthy look like a baby!" Cobb talked about how McGahn was opposed to cooperation and had documents locked in his safe.

Duke, a professor at Duke's student newspaper, once wrote an editorial supporting Donald Trump's travel ban and the President's often racist views on immigration. In doing so, Trump also bragged about what he said was the transparency his administration has reportedly shown in dealing with the Russian Federation investigation (despite reports that Trump's team has been stalling and adding conditions for an actual interview).

But Giuliani also seemed to indicate that he was relying on secondhand information, from Trump's former personal attorney John Dowd, to determine the extent of what McGahn had shared with Mueller's team.

Trump also declined to say whether he might strip Mueller of his security clearance, as he did last week to former CIA Director John Brennan, who had repeatedly criticized Trump's handling of foreign policy and national security issues.


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