Trump says his White House lawyer isn’t a ‘RAT’ like Nixon’s

Lanny Davis Michael Cohen

Lanny Davis Michael Cohen

The looming verdict for President Donald Trump's former campaign manager and new questions about what exactly the White House counsel told special counsel investigators, combined with Trump's increasingly combustible Twitter feed, have put the feeling of climax in the air.

The newspaper said Mr. McGahn was also centrally involved in Mr. Trump's attempts to fire the special counsel, Robert Mueller, which investigators might not have discovered without him.

McGahn has provided "detailed accounts about the episodes at the heart of the inquiry into whether President Trump obstructed justice", including providing information that the Mueller team otherwise would not have learned about, the Times reported, citing a dozen current and former White House officials and other individuals briefed on the matter.

US President Donald Trump went on the offensive on Sunday, invoking the spectres of Richard Nixon and Joseph McCarthy, starkly polarising figures from American history, in a frenzied attack on The New York Times.

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

Trump used his tweets Sunday morning, which he wrote from his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey, to intensify his assault on the special counsel investigation. He doubted Trump had "ANY IDEA what McGahn has told Mueller" and added: "Also, Nixon knew I was meeting with prosecutors, b/c I told him".

In a statement to The New York Times, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said, "The president and Don have a great relationship".

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According to the New York Times, McGahn in at least three voluntary interviews with investigators that totaled 30 hours over the past nine months, described Trump's furor toward the Russian Federation investigation and the ways in which the president urged McGahn to respond to it. Mr. McGahn cautioned to investigators that he never saw Mr. Trump go beyond his legal authorities.

"The failing ↕nytimes wrote a Fake piece today implying that because White House Councel Don McGahn was giving hours of testimony to the Special Councel, he must be a John Dean type 'RAT,"' Trump wrote, misspelling the word "counsel", as he often does.

The report states Trump incorrectly believed McGahn would act in the same manner as a personal lawyer would and defend his interests to investigators, but McGahn instead gave "a mix of information both potentially damaging and favorable to the president", including details of how Trump attempted to control the investigation.

The Times article calls Trump's lawyers' failure to ask McGahn what he planned to say to the Mueller team "careless".

The comparison is a little odd, considering that, while McCarthy may have been disgraced for his hearings, eventual investigations did uncover some Communist sympathies, particularly in Hollywood.

"It is not clear that Mr. Trump appreciates the extent to which Mr. McGahn has cooperated with the special counsel", Times reporters added.

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