Trump calls Russia probe ‘McCarthyism at its worst’

White House Counsel Donald Mc Gahn has reportedly been cooperating extensively with Robert Mueller's inquiry

White House Counsel Donald Mc Gahn has reportedly been cooperating extensively with Robert Mueller's inquiry Credit AFP

But the New York Times reported in January that Trump went out of his way to try to stop that: He ordered McGahn, the top White House lawyer, to try to stop Sessions from backing down.

In fact, Trump's legal team has for months been delaying a Mueller interview with Trump, which may force the investigation past the midterm elections - something Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani suggested could be a good thing for Republicans' electoral hopes in November.

Citing a dozen current and former White House officials and others briefed on the matter, the newspaper said White House Counsel Donald McGahn had shared information, some of which the investigators would not have known about.

Critics of the president have recently compared his decision to target the security clearances of critics and those involved in the Russian Federation investigation to the "enemies list" created by the Nixon White House to keep track of political opponents they meant to target with punitive measures.

"I allowed White House Counsel Don McGahn, and all other requested members of the White House Staff, to fully cooperate with the Special Counsel".

"Disgraced and discredited Bob Mueller and his whole group of Angry Democrat Thugs spent over 30 hours with the White House Councel [sic], only with my approval, for purposes of transparency".

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.

Trump used his tweets Sunday morning, which he wrote from his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey, to intensify his assault on the special counsel investigation.

Although Dean was part of the White House-led efforts under President Richard Nixon to cover up the Watergate scandal, his decision to testify to Congress about it was crucial to exposing the affair and causing Nixon to resign from office 44 years ago. The Times reports that they only realized this weekend that they'd never asked McGahn for a full rundown of what he told Mueller's team.

The New York Times said it stands by its story.

On TV Sunday, Giuliani admitted that his knowledge of McGahn's testimony came second-hand from John Dowd, a former Trump attorney.

Trump ratcheted up his already frequent attacks on the special counsel after The New York Times reported over the weekend that White House counsel Don McGahn had cooperated extensively in almost 30 hours of interviews. Trump has repeatedly denounced the investigation into whether his campaign colluded with Moscow as a "witch hunt".

Trump could have invoked attorney-client and executive privilege to prevent McGahn from talking with investigators who are examining possible obstruction of justice by the president.

"Time for Mueller investigation to file report", Giuliani wrote on Twitter. Also, Nixon knew I was meeting with prosecutors, b/c I told him.

"It's somebody's version of the truth, not the truth", he said, telling NBC's Chuck Todd: "Truth isn't truth".

The story, by Michael Schmidt and Maggie Haberman, said McGahn has provided the Mueller investigation with "detailed accounts about the episodes at the heart of the inquiry into whether President Trump obstructed justice". "Not the truth", Giuliani told Chuck Todd on NBC's Meet the Press.

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