original legal team had encouraged Mr McGahn and other White House officials to cooperate with Mr Mueller, and Mr McGahn spent hours in interviews. Let's try to navigate through this Beltway Hall of Mirrors.

The New York Times reported that McGahn, spoke with Mueller's team about Trump's firing of the Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey and his push for Attorney General Jeff Sessions to claim oversight of the inquiry, and Trump's attempts to fire Mueller. Trump's legal team, led by Rudy Giuliani, has expressed reservations about allowing their client to sit down with the veteran prosecutor, but continues to negotiate with Mueller's team over whether and how investigators can question Trump about possible obstruction of justice in the Russian Federation investigation.

The newspaper said Mr. McGahn was also centrally involved in Mr. Trump's attempts to fire the special counsel, Robert Mueller, which investigators might not have discovered without him. He contrasted McGahn with John Dean, the White House counsel for Nixon during the Watergate scandal.

He told U.S. media that he said "nothing objectionable" in his speech.


It noted that McGahn played a key role in stopping Trump from firing Mueller, who was made special counsel after Comey's firing.

Trump has assailed some Democratic lawmakers for seeking to abolish ICE ahead of the November midterm elections.

The New York Times was standing by the story yesterday.

The sources said that even though McGahn has talked to special counsel investigators - for some 30 hours - the Trump administration could still seek to prevent details of the testimony from being released publicly by asserting executive privilege on relevant elements of the report. In the string of tweets on Sunday morning, Trump claimed he allowed McGahn and others to testify, stating that he "didn't have to [let them]".


"Mr. Beattie no longer works at the White House", White House spokesman Hogan Gidley said in a statement to The Washington Post.

"Through John Dowd we have a pretty good sense of it", Giuliani said on NBC's Meet the Press, when asked how much he knew about the content of McGahn's interviews with investigators. "Rigged Witch Hunt!", Trump tweeted.

"When you tell me that, you know, he should testify because he's going to tell the truth and he shouldn't worry, well that's so silly because it's somebody's version of the truth".

Mueller's investigators have uncovered several instances of Trump campaign contacts with Russia, including a mid-2016 meeting at Trump Tower in NY in which Trump's oldest son, Donald Trump Jr., met with a woman said to be a Russian government attorney who would offer incriminating material against Trump's election challenger, Democrat Hillary Clinton.


As he has done nearly daily on Twitter, Trump railed against the probe in the Oval Office interview with Reuters, repeatedly calling it a disgrace and arguing that Mueller and other members of his team were biased.

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