Trump assails Mueller following Times report

Cheryl Sanders
August 23, 2018

The president's Monday morning tweets follow a series of weekend Twitter tirades about the investigation amid reports by the New York Times that White House Counsel Don McGahn has cooperated "extensively" with Mueller's team.

Among the episodes he testified to were Trump's firing of former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey, and his obsession with putting a loyalist in charge of the probe, according to the Times.

The president does not know for sure what kind of information McGahn may have provided to Mueller, who is investigating possible contacts between Trump's presidential campaign and Russians who sought to influence the 2016 election on their behalf.

In a series of angry tweets, Trump denounced a New York Times story that White House counsel Don McGahn has been extensively cooperating with the Russian Federation investigation without Trump's full knowledge.

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

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"Where's the Collusion?" the president said in another tweet.

McGahn is said to view his role as protecting the presidency rather than Trump.

"Mueller's Angry Dems are looking to impact the election", he tweeted Wednesday.

With the Robert Mueller probe is still appearing to be in it's infancy when compared to previous investigations of sitting presidents and politicians, Trump is trying his hardest to put an end to the investigation into himself and his campaign.

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Russian Federation has denied interfering in the 2016 USA election and Trump has denied any collusion took place.

The President's advisers are now concerned McGahn's statements to the special counsel could be key to filling in some blanks of Mueller's report, two people familiar with the discussion told the Times.

"Even if I am telling the truth, that makes me a liar", Trump said.

"If you FIGHT BACK or say anything bad about the Rigged Witch Hunt, they scream Obstruction!" he said.

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.

White House counsel Donald McGahn does not believe that he implicated President Donald Trump in any wrongdoing in extensive interviews he has given the special counsel, McGahn's attorney told Trump's legal team in recent days.

"The meeting was originally for the objective of getting information about Clinton", he said, adding that the Trump team didn't know that Natalia Veselnitskaya was Russian - even though emails later released by Trump Jr. show that she had been described as a "Russian government attorney".

Trump recently stripped former Central Intelligence Agency director John Brennan of his security clearance, in a move widely criticized as an abuse of power.

Giuliani said, "Look, I am not going to be rushed into having him testify so that he gets trapped into perjury".

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