Lawyers’ Loud Steakhouse Chatter May Be Root of Trump’s McGahn Problem

Hannah Rogers
August 24, 2018

In a note to Trump's legal team over the weekend - after The New York Times reported on the magnitude of McGahn's cooperation with the Russian Federation probe - McGahn's lawyer Bill Burck said that the White House counsel "did not incriminate him", meaning Trump. The news follows a Saturday report by the Times that McGahn had been cooperating with Mueller extensively. McGahn's lawyer gave the Trump team an overview of the first interview, but didn't say what his client divulged in subsequent interactions with the special counsel.

But when pressed, Rudy confessed he had no first-hand knowledge of what McGahn told Mueller - and all he knows is that a former personal lawyer for Trump said all was okay.

The information McGahn provided included the president's attempts to fire the special counsel, and Trump's comments and actions during his firing of Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey, according to the Times. Consequently, the special counsel has already gotten far more information than he was entitled to regarding the president's actions and state of mind. Except, Trump did ask McGahn to fire Mueller, the lawyer had to remind Trump, according to reporting from the Times's Michael S. Schmidt and Maggie Haberman.

Jay Sekulow, an attorney for Trump, said the strategy was also created to help speed the investigation while protecting the White House as an institution. So, I think Trump has got a real problem here.

Some of Trump's critics have suggested the president, who last week stripped the security clearance of former Central Intelligence Agency director John Brennan and has vowed to pursue similar actions against a list of other critics, is the one who is acting like McCarthy.

"The White House counsel's office is being very conservative with this stuff", Mr. Cobb told Mr. Dowd.

"John Dowd yesterday said - I'll use his words rather than mine - that McGahn was a strong witness for the President, so I don't need to know much more about that", Giuliani said. Trump tweeted, referring to the indiscriminate and damaging allegations made by Senator Joseph McCarthy in the 1950s to expose communists. "But I allowed him and all others to testify - I didn't have to".

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A year later, Trump acknowledged the true intent of the meeting: It wasn't about adoptions, as the Trumps originally said.

As White House counsel, McGahn has had extraordinary access to the president and some of his most controversial moves.

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.

Trump made these remarks as he was complaining about White House lawyer Don McGahn being interviewed for 30 hours by Mueller's team, according to the New York Post.

President Donald Trump is known for making inflammatory insults toward his political foes; however, his latest attack against the Democratic Party hit a new low.

During his three interviews with special counsel Robert Mueller's team, McGahn did not provide information that would be incriminating to the President, a source told CNN.

He told Reuters that he "can go in, and I could do whatever" to intervene in the special counsel's probe.

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