White House Counsel cooperates with Russian Federation investigation

Erika Holt
August 20, 2018

White House counsel Don McGahn's testimony to special counsel Robert Mueller's investigators is not protected under attorney-client privilege, but President Donald Trump "has nothing to fear" from counsel's cooperation, according to legal expert Alan Dershowitz.

Trump, in a series of tweets, denounced the New York Times for a Saturday story saying White House Counsel Don McGahn has cooperated extensively with the special counsel, Robert Mueller.

Trump appeared to object to the Times' reporting that he may not know the true extent of McGahn's cooperation, and to the Times' reporting that McGahn "told people he was determined to avoid the fate of the White House counsel for President Richard M. Nixon, John W. Dean, who pleaded guilty to conspiracy to obstruct justice in the Watergate scandal". His interviews with Mueller's team of investigators totaled 30 hours.

The President also took the opportunity to jab at Mueller's now year-long investigation, which has reportedly turned up little evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian officials looking to sway the results of the 2016 Presidential election.

Trump said in a tweet early Saturday that Brennan "will go down as easily the WORST" CIA director in history and called him "a loudmouth, partisan, political hack who can not be trusted with the secrets to our country!"

Trump emphasized that he authorized his aides to cooperate with Mueller.

Trump is also calling the investigation "McCarthyism at its WORST", a reference to indiscriminate allegations made by Sen.

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President Trump launched a fresh attack on the newspaper on Sunday, describing its report as "a fake piece" for implying Mr McGahn had incriminating information to share.

McGahn has told Mueller's team that he never personally witnessed Trump breaking the law, but the information he has divulged could be potentially damaging.

McGahn agreed to cooperate with the investigation in part because Trump's first team of criminal lawyers agreed to cooperate fully with Mueller, stating they believed they could end the investigation quickly, as Trump had nothing to hide.

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

"White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement on Saturday that "the president and Don have a great relationship", and "he appreciates all the hard work he's done, particularly his help and expertise with the judges, and the Supreme Court" [sic] nominees".

But the footage actually depicted fallout from the president directing his ire at McGahn, according to three sources familiar with the tense meeting.

Trump's attorney Rudy Giuliani told CNN that McGahn was sanctioned to cooperate in the investigation and encouraged to do so by John Dowd, who was Trump's lead private attorney at the time.

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