White House Counsel Has Spoken to Mueller for 30 Hours

McGahn's personal attorney, William Burck, said in a statement Saturday, "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".

Dean was White House counsel for Nixon, a Republican, during the Watergate scandal. "And the [New York Times] article does say that he and his lawyer, once they were told to go talk to the special counsel, indeed did so, and were relieved to be able to do so, to explain McGahn's position and involvement in these things". A case in point is the weekend story that White House counsel Don McGahn has cooperated with special counsel Robert Mueller. The former FBI director James Comey (fired by Trump in an event looked at by Mueller regarding potential obstruction of justice), fired deputy FBI director Andrew McCabe and fired FBI agent Peter Strzok are among those reported under threat of similar treatment. It noted that McGahn played a key role in stopping Trump from firing Mueller, who was made special counsel after Comey's firing.

The idea that the president's top lawyer would be so forthcoming with prosecutors with potentially damaging information about his client is considered unusual, legal experts told the Times. "The president wrongly believed that Mr. McGahn would act as a personal lawyer would for clients and exclusively defend his interests to investigators, according to a person with knowledge of his thinking".

The top lawyer in the White House is "co-operating extensively" with the Russian Federation inquiry into election meddling, the New York Times reports.

McGahn agreed to cooperate with the investigation in part because Trump's first team of criminal lawyers agreed to cooperate fully with Mueller, stating they believed they could end the investigation quickly, as Trump had nothing to hide.

The two men rarely speak to one another face to face.

Shortly after Trump's criticism, the New York Times tweeted that it "stands behind the reporting of our Pulitzer-Prize winning reporters @nytmike and @maggieNYT".

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In more than 30 hours of testimony over the past nine months, the Times said McGahn laid out for investigators Trump's fury over the probe and the ways in which he asked McGahn to respond to it.

Any suggestion that McGahn has turned on him is false, Trump insisted on Sunday.

"That didn't work", Dershowitz said.

So the White House counsel and his attorney came up with a strategy to cooperate as extensively as possible with the special counsel in order to prove that there was no wrongdoing by McGahn, the newspaper reported.

In March of previous year, footage emerged appearing to show the impact of an agitated Trump dressing down top aides Steve Bannon and Reince Priebus on Friday.

A source familiar with the investigation confirmed to Fox News that McGahn spoke to Mueller at length on three occasions.

"People always view cooperation as giving up incriminating information but you can cooperate, tell the truth and not give up incriminating information because there's none to give up", Giuliani said.

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