New York Times 'stands behind' its article after attacks by Trump

Hannah Rogers
August 21, 2018

US President Donald Trump says he has "nothing to hide" from the special counsel investigating Russian interference in the 2016 US election, and denied that his top lawyer had turned on him by co-operating with the probe.

A source close to the President told Reuters on Saturday that the extent of Mr. McGahn's cooperation was "a tactical or strategic mistake" instigated by Mr. Trump's first legal team and it should not have been allowed to happen because Mr. McGahn should have been covered by executive privilege.

"This case has gone from embarrassing to really like an intergalactic disgrace at this point", Bongino said Monday on "Fox & Friends".

President Donald Trump reportedly told Jordan's King Abdullah II at the White House a few weeks ago that, in the absence of a negotiated solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Israel will have a prime minister named Muhammad in a few years time.

He added: "I'm totally allowed to be involved if I wanted to be".

Trump's boast about cooperating with the Mueller investigation drew other viral reactions online, including many who pointed out that Trump's team has consistently lied about some key parts of the Russia investigation, including a 2016 meeting at Trump Tower with a Kremlin-connected attorney offering dirt on Hillary Clinton that had been stolen by Russian hackers.

But he said for short-term voter consumption, "What Trump does is he fights back and for better or for worse, depending which side of the political spectrum you're on, it either shows that he's standing up for himself and his supporters or it shows he is a demigod and a true threat to democracy". "The left can't get out of their own way. I see the same thing happening with Trump".

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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 likely would be central to any obstruction of justice charge brought by Mueller.

Trump also assailed the Mueller investigation on Sunday (Monday NZT).

Dean was White House counsel for President Richard Nixon during Watergate.

Trump's attorney Rudy Giuliani told CNN that McGahn was sanctioned to cooperate in the investigation and encouraged to do so by John Dowd, who was Trump's lead private attorney at the time.

In tweets over the weekend, 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 USA government, accusing some of treason without evidence.

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". "So this is pretty important testimony, and it's taken Trump 48 hours nearly to understand what's going on here".

Duke, a professor at Duke's student newspaper, once wrote an editorial supporting Donald Trump's travel ban and the President's often racist views on immigration.

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