Mueller inquiry: White House lawyer McGahn co-operating with probe

Frederick Owens
August 19, 2018

McGahn and his attorney came up with a strategy to cooperate extensively with the Mueller investigation in order to prove that there was no wrongdoing on his part.

He said Saturday that "McGahn is doing right!" in response to the Times report that McGahn is cooperating with Mueller's team. "Most transparent in history".

The top lawyer in the White House has been fully cooperating with Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into whether President Donald Trump obstructed justice in the Russian Federation probe, it has been reported. "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".

McGahn and his lawyer, William Burck, have reportedly been doing as much as possible to cooperate with Mueller since a year ago.

The Times reported McGahn had participated in interviews spanning 30 hours over the last nine months.

But according to sources close to McGahn, cited in the Times' report, both McGahn and his lawyer, William Burck, were confused by Trump's willingness to allow him to speak so freely to the special counsel.

The president tweeted Saturday evening that he "allowed White House Don McGahn, and all other requested members of the White House Staff, to fully cooperate with the Special Counsel".

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The New York Times said in a tweet that it stands by the story.

Trump's outside legal counsel, Rudy Giuliani, said McGahn's cooperation would help bolster Trump's claims that he did nothing wrong.

"The president encouraged him to testify, is happy that he did, is quite secure that there is nothing in the testimony that will hurt the president", Giuliani said.

In this February 22, 2018, file photo White House counsel Don McGahn speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), at National Harbor, Md.

Trump appeared to object to the Times' reporting that he may not know the true extent of McGahn's cooperation, and to the Times' reporting that McGahn "told people he was determined to avoid the fate of the White House counsel for President Richard M. Nixon, John W. Dean, who pleaded guilty to conspiracy to obstruct justice in the Watergate scandal".

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McGahn, the newspaper said, shared information on Trump's comments and actions during the firing of the F.B.I. director, James Comey, and the president's obsession with putting a loyalist in charge of the inquiry, including his repeated urging of Attorney General Jeff Sessions to claim oversight of it.

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