Trump Made ‘Epic’ Mistake With McGahn, Say WH Insiders

"Mr. McGahn answered the Special Counsel team's questions fulsomely and honestly", William Burck said, explaining the president did not ask McGahn to refrain from discussing any matters.

The New York Times reported that McGahn, spoke with Mueller's team about Trump's firing of the Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey and his push for Attorney General Jeff Sessions to claim oversight of the inquiry, and Trump's attempts to fire Mueller. "It would have been like having the keys to the kingdom".

Lanny Davis, the lawyer for President Trump's longtime fixer Michael Cohen, has been talking to former White House counsel John Dean who helped end the presidency of Richard Nixon when he testified in the Watergate scandal, according to a report on Sunday. "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".

As well as collusion, the special counsel is scrutinising whether there were any attempts by the president to obstruct justice.

Donald Trump has a credibility problem, but so do the media.

FILE PHOTO: White House Counsel Don McGahn sits behind U.S. President Donald Trump as the president holds a cabinet meeting at the White House in Washington, U.S. June 21, 2018.

Dean, a frequent critic of the president, tweeted Saturday night in response to the Times story: "McGahn is doing right!" The former White House speechwriter said they visited to deliver a "stand-alone, academic talk titled 'The Intelligentsia and the Right.' I said nothing objectionable and stand by my remarks completely".

Specific incidents mentioned in these conversations included moments surrounding Trump's decision to fire former FBI Director James Comey, and his reported preference that Attorney General Jeff Sessions oversee the investigation, according to the Times.

He also said that McGahn's cooperation does not mean that the information is damaging.

The news follows a Saturday report by the Times that McGahn had been cooperating with Mueller extensively.

The Times said McGahn had shared detailed accounts about the episodes at the heart of the inquiry into whether Trump obstructed justice. Cohen later became Trump's attorney when he was a prominent NY real estate developer in the '70s and '80s. "And his client is not Donald Trump; his client is the office of the president". "So bad for America!"

On Sunday, he compared Mueller with 1950s-era United States senator Joseph McCarthy, whose anti-Communist crusade eventually led to his censure by the Senate.

Trump's allegation that Mueller's investigation constituted modern-day McCarthyism capped off a torrent of insults on Sunday morning against his actual and perceived political adversaries.

"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".

  • Jon Douglas