White House counsel interviewed for 30 hours in Russia probe

Trump also Sunday compared the investigation to McCarthyism. The retired special operations commander, William H. McRaven, called Brennan "one of the finest public servants I have ever known" and challenged Trump to revoke his security clearance also.

Hume was responding to a tweet from Trump comparing Mueller's probe to McCarthy's search for Communists in the USA government in the 1950s.

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

But the Times reported that McGahn was caught off guard by that decision and developed his own strategy to protect his own legal liability and demonstrate he had done nothing wrong.

President Donald Trump is claiming his White House lawyer, Don McGahn, was representing his interests and following his orders when he voluntarily testified before the special counsel in multiple sessions.

In 2016, USA intelligence agencies concluded that Russian Federation had used a state-authorised campaign of cyber attacks and fake news stories planted on social media in an attempt to turn the election against Hillary Clinton.

The story, by Michael Schmidt and Maggie Haberman, said McGahn has provided the Mueller investigation with "detailed accounts about the episodes at the heart of the inquiry into whether President Trump obstructed justice".

Rudy Giuliani, who joined the president's outside legal team after Dowd resigned, told Reuters on Saturday that Trump's lawyers had been in contact with McGahn's counsel after he was interviewed and possessed "emails that say he provided nothing that was damaging or incriminating to the president".

The president's message followed reports that McGahn had spoken with investigators from Mueller's investigative team multiple times, which Fox News confirmed Saturday.

Some members of the media are very Angry at the Fake Story in the New York Times.

Beschloss told The New York Times, "This sure has echoes of Richard Nixon's White House counsel, John Dean, who in 1973 feared that Nixon was setting him up as a fall guy for Watergate and secretly gave investigators crucial help while still in his job".

"And have demanded transparency so that this Rigged and Disgusting Witch Hunt can come to a close. So bad for America!"

Study the late Joseph McCarthy, because we are now in period with Mueller and his gang that make Joseph McCarthy look like a baby!

McGahn has met with Mueller's team at least three times and has been questioned by the special counsel's team more extensively than any other member of the White House staff who has gone for an interview, the sources said.

"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.

  • Rogelio Becker