NYT report: Trump counsel Don McGahn 'cooperated extensively' in Mueller probe

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The White House's top lawyer has cooperated extensively with the special counsel investigating Russian interference in the 2016 US election, sharing detailed accounts about the episodes at the heart of the inquiry into whether President Donald Trump obstructed justice, The New York Times reported on Saturday.

"Most transparent in history", trumpeted Trump on Saturday night, though by Sunday morning he was firing off a flurry of furious tweets blasting the "Failing New York Times" and its "two Fake reporters" for making it "seem like the White House Councel had TURNED on the President, when in fact it is just the opposite". He 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. Mr. Trump's attorney Rudy Giuliani told CBS News' Major Garrett earlier this month that he's "more optimistic" that a potential interview between the president and Mueller might occur, putting the odds of that taking place at "50-50". He reportedly gave insight into Trump's demeanor regarding Mueller's investigation.

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.

Trump also said "some members of the media" were angry about the Times' report and have called to "complain and apologize".

"Mr. McGahn chose to fully cooperate with Mr. Mueller".

It remains unclear if McGahn answered questions on collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation.

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.

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Dean, a frequent critic of the president, was the White House counsel for Nixon during the Watergate scandal.

According to The New York Times, McGahn became increasingly concerned about Trump's encouragement of his interviews with the special counsel, and feared Trump was setting him up to take the fall for possible illegal acts.

On Saturday evening, Mr. McGahn's lawyer confirmed that the White House counsel had cooperated with Robert Mueller's team.

As CNN noted, Trump's team admitted after the election that the American people would never see Donald Trump's tax returns, with aides saying that the issue was settled because Trump won the election in 2016 after not having released them. And his client is not Donald Trump; his client is the office of the president.

President Trump speaks to the media on the South Lawn of the White House in July.

"That didn't work", Dershowitz said.

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