Trump says WH lawyer McGahn isn't 'a John Dean type 'RAT

McGahn has reportedly spent 30 hours being interviewed by Mueller's investigators, providing them with what was described as information that never would have been obtained otherwise.

Nixon administration attorney John Dean, who pleaded guilty to conspiracy to obstruct justice during the 1970s Whitegate scandal, told Slate on Saturday that McGahn did the "right thing" to cooperate "extensively" with Mueller's investigation.

McGahn's attorney William Burck added in a statement: "President Trump, through counsel, declined to assert any privilege over Mr. McGahn's testimony, so Mr. McGahn answered the Special Counsel team's questions fulsomely and honestly, as any person interviewed by federal investigators must".

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. The two reporters are often called out by thepresident due to their extensive and well-sourced White House reporting he sees as overly critical. "Witch Hunt!" Trump wrote on Twitter after the release of the report. "This is why the Fake News Media has become the Enemy of the People".

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.

The Times reported that McGahn has told investigators that he has not witnessed the President take any action that exceeds "his legal authorities".

"Don McGahn is doing exactly the right thing, not merely to protect himself, but to protect his client. I have nothing to hide. and have demanded transparency so that this Rigged and Disgusting Witch Hunt can come to a close".

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

On Sunday, he compared Mueller with 1950s-era United States senator Joseph McCarthy, whose anti-Communist crusade eventually led to his censure by the Senate.

Trump's allegation that Mueller's investigation constituted modern-day McCarthyism capped off a torrent of insults on Sunday morning against his actual and perceived political adversaries.

"Study the late Joseph McCarthy, because we are now in period with Mueller and his gang that make Joseph McCarthy look like a baby!"

After months of Senate hearing, the senate found the claims to be "a fraud and a hoax" and he ultimately censured by the chamber.

"No", Giuliani replied, "it isn't truth".

Trump upbraided the press for supposedly fixating on the Mueller investigation and said it should focus more energy on the corruption of Democrats.

TheTimes reported that McGahn and his lawyer were surprised by Trump's decision to allow him to talk with the special counsel and anxious it was a trick created to set up McGahn to take the blame for any possible obstruction charges.

  • Tracy Klein