Published: Mon, August 20, 2018
Global | By Craig Ferguson

McGahn seen as 'undercover operative' in White House

McGahn seen as 'undercover operative' in White House

Donald Trump's personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani says the "truth isn't truth" while showing his concerns over the USA president's interview with special counsel Robert Mueller as part of the investigation into Russian interference during the 2016 election.

McGahn has given lengthy statements to Mueller's team - some 30 hours worth spread out over at least three voluntary interviews during the span of nine months.

Trump's original legal team had encouraged McGahn and other White House officials to cooperate with special counsel Robert Mueller, and McGahn spent hours in interviews.

Giuliani said he did not believe McGahn was cooperating against the president, noting Trump's lawyers and McGahn's have a joint defense agreement that would have otherwise ended. He provided the investigators examining whether Mr. Trump obstructed justice a clear view of the president's most intimate moments with his lawyer.

Dean, a frequent critic of the president, tweeted Saturday night in response to the Times story that, "Trump, a total incompetent, is bungling and botching his handling of Russiagate".

While McGahn says he never saw Trump go beyond his legal authorities, The New York Times says he gave investigators a mix of information both "damaging and favorable" to the president.

McGahn's testimony would be even more important if Trump does not sit for an interview with Mueller.

As well as collusion, the special counsel is scrutinising whether there were any attempts by the president to obstruct justice. 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. But Mr. McGahn's lawyer has offered only a limited accounting of what Mr. McGahn told the investigators, according to two people close to the president.

As a result, they reportedly made a decision to cooperate in order to clear McGahn of any wrongdoing.

Earlier this year, Brimelow described himself as a believer in "racial nationalism" who sees the future of the United States "precipitating out on racial lines".

The Times report comes amid pressure from Rudy Giuliani, Trump's personal attorney, for Mueller to conclude the monthslong investigation.

Sunday morning, Trump continued tweeting, affirming he had "nothing to hide".

The president's message followed reports that McGahn had spoken with investigators from Mueller's investigative team multiple times, which Fox News confirmed Saturday.

According to Trump, the New York Times has been "fake news" since the day he announced that he was running for president. "This is why the Fake News Media has become the Enemy of the People. So bad for America!"

In his tweet, Trump again called the Times "failing", but the newspaper actually reported a healthy second-quarter profit.

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

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

Brennan is also scheduled to appear on NBC's "Meet the Press" on Sunday.

"When you tell me that, you know, he should testify because he's going to tell the truth and he shouldn't worry, well that's so silly because it's somebody's version of the truth".

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