Published: Tue, August 21, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Trump says his White House counsel not a 'rat' like Nixon's

Trump says his White House counsel not a 'rat' like Nixon's

Giuliani also told NBC that Trump had encouraged McGahn to talk to Mueller, "is happy that he did, and is quite secure that there is nothing in the testimony that will hurt the president".

His lengthy testimony - 30 hours over three voluntary interviews, according to the Times - could be crucial in determining whether the president acted with an improper, or "corrupt", intent when he took actions like firing former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey, legal experts said.

Both Trump and his attorneys have cast McGahn's interviews with Mueller's team as a sign of his willingness to cooperate with the probe.

Giuliani's statement was focused on conflicting accounts about a meeting early a year ago at the White House between Trump and James Comey, then director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and leading the agency's Russian Federation investigation before Trump fired him in May 2017. "I think this is going to become a bad meme".

Meanwhile, President Donald Trump says the news no surprise.

Three former White House counsels told TIME that because the job entails representing the office of the presidency - and not the individual now holding it - it's perfectly logical that he would meet with a special counsel investigating it. "McGahn is doing right!" he wrote on Twitter.

Over the weekend, Trump insisted his general counsel is not a "RAT" like President Richard Nixon's and accused Mueller's team of "looking for trouble".

Trump went on to call Mueller and his investigation a "national disgrace".

"They have to write a report, and they don't have a single bit of evidence", he said.

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"It's bad legal advice, bad lawyering, and this is a result of it", Christie added.

White House counsel Don McGahn's attorney did not give President Donald Trump's lawyers a full accounting of McGahn's interviews with the special counsel's team, a person familiar with the matter tells CNN. The President's lawyers told the Times on Sunday that they believed that McGahn's almost 30 hours of interviews with the special counsel had not included any testimony harmful to the President.

Dean tweeted Sunday that he doubts the president has "ANY IDEA what McGahn has told Mueller".

"Lot to cover", Mr. Dowd said in text message.

In one of his tweets, Trump called them "two Fake reporters".

White House counsel Don McGahn "cooperated extensively" with special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation probe, according to a New York Times report on Saturday. But he had drawn an analogy to the communist witch hunt once before - when he falsely claimed that President Barack Obama had tapped his phones in Trump Tower.

Woodward is in the process of writing a book titled "Fear: Trump in the White House", which will detail the inner workings of the White House under Trump.

According to the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) advocacy group, the Mencken Club "has hosted some of America's most prominent white nationalist ideologues in the past, and serves as a safe space for professors to vent their racist views".

"Truth is truth", interrupted moderator Chuck Todd, to which Giuliani responded: "No, it isn't truth".

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