Donald Trump: Robert Mueller Investigation ‘Disgraced and Discredited’

Mueller is investigating whether the president sought to obstruct justice as well as whether his campaign colluded with Russia's covert effort to sway the 2016 presidential election in Trump's favor.

McGahn, his attorney, and the Special Counsel's office declined to comment.

The New York Times reported that McGahn shared details with investigators about the firing of former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey, Trump's desire to have Attorney General Jeff Sessions oversee the Russian Federation probe and the president's attempts to fire Mueller.

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.

Trump reiterated on Monday that he was aware of Mueller's discussions with McGahn.

As the Times recounts.he fired the FBI director; he urged the attorney general to renounce his recusal from the investigation and resume supervision of it; and he threatened to fire the special counsel (which the Times strains to depict as "attempts" to fire Mueller).

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

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


Baldwin asked Rosenzweig if it was a "no brainer" for McGahn to cooperate rather than taking the fall in the investigation. "They just have big loud mouths and we don't want to put up with that", Trump said of Democratic critics.

Politico reported Sunday that Dean has met several times over the past few months with Lanny Davis, the attorney representing former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen, who is under criminal investigation in NY because of his business dealings. Former press secretary Sean Spicer also sat for multiple days of interviews.

Steve Bannon, the former White House chief strategist, who had argued last summer against cooperating with Mueller, said, "This was a reckless and dangerously naive strategy, and I've vocally said that since the time I left the White House, and I've said it to the president".

Despite tensions over the Russian Federation probe, however, McGahn has played a key role in one of Trump's signature accomplishments since he became president - the dozens of judicial appointments to the federal bench, including the Supreme Court. Andy adds that the Times' account of what went down in the McGahn interviews "bolsters the already strong argument that the president should not agree to be interviewed by the special counsel".

He added, "This is an invaluable witness". Turning to the broader East Room crowd the president added, "Speaks flawless English".

"In 2016 I attended the Mencken conference in question and delivered a stand-alone, academic talk titled 'The Intelligentsia and the Right.' I said nothing objectionable and stand by my remarks completely", he said in an email.

"Lot to cover", Mr. Dowd said in text message. He also claimed that Trump would "change his tone", after being elected and that most of the President's significant proposals "will become law". He has also publicly expressed increasing ire toward the probe and begun directly attacking Mueller and his team on Twitter. "Yet Mueller & his gang of Dems refuse to look at the real crimes on the other side - Media is even worse!"

  • Tracy Klein