Cohen's attorney says he sought out lawyer who took down Nixon

Cohen's attorney says he sought out lawyer who took down Nixon

Kerry Wise
August 20, 2018

White House counselor Kellyanne Conway famously referred to it as "alternative facts".

"I think there is good reason for McGahn to believe that Trump would throw him under the bus, since Trump throws nearly everyone under the bus", Dean told Slate. today. While Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani claimed McGahn testified with approval and support of Trump, The New York Times reported Sunday the legal team has no idea what he said.

In a Twitter message Saturday evening, the president said he allowed White House attorney Don McGahn and others on the White House staff to "fully cooperate" with Mueller in a bid to show there was "no collusion" and "no obstruction".

Mr Giuliani said in his Meet the Press appearance that Mr Trump did not raise executive privilege or attorney-client privilege during those interviews because his team believed - he said now, wrongly - that fully participating would be the fastest way to bring the investigation to a close.

Giuliani told NBC News that if Trump had considered trying to remove Mueller that would not be criminal.

Trump compared Mueller's investigation to the tactics employed by the late senator Joseph McCarthy, who alleged that Communist agents and Soviet spies had infiltrated the US government, accusing some of treason without evidence.

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.

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Trump's former personal lawyer, John Dowd, told Reuters on Saturday he was aware McGahn had spoken extensively with Mueller's team.

"The failing @nytimes wrote a Fake piece today implying that because White House Councel Don McGahn was giving hours of testimony to the Special Councel, he must be a John Dean type 'RAT,"' Trump wrote, misspelling the word "counsel", as he often does.

Trump then went on to dub Mueller's obstruction of justice investigation as "McCarthyism at its WORST", referring to tactics used by late Senator Joseph McCarthy. "However, he didn't think I would tell them the truth!" Joseph McCarthy in the 1950s to expose communists.

He also said The New York Times leaked the report to get Trump angry with McGahn so he would be willing to testify in the probe.

Specific incidents mentioned in these conversations included moments surrounding Trump's decision to fire former FBI Director James Comey, and his reported preference that Attorney General Jeff Sessions oversee the investigation, according to the Times.

The counter-punch comes after days of criticism from former US national security officials and military leaders who've cast Trump's cancellation of Brennan's clearance - an apparent retaliation for his criticism of the president - as a risky precedent. "Rigged Witch Hunt!" Trump wrote on Twitter.

The report said the president had wrongly believed that McGahn would act as his personal lawyer and exclusively defend his interests to investigators.