The top lawyer in the White House is "co-operating extensively" with the Russian Federation inquiry into election meddling, the New York Times reports. He provided "detailed accounts about the episodes at the heart of the inquiry into whether President Trump obstructed justice", including providing information that the Mueller team otherwise would not have learned about, the Times reported, citing a dozen current and former White House officials and other individuals briefed on the matter.
The Times reported McGahn had participated in interviews spanning 30 hours over the last nine months.
This included Trump's comments and actions during the firing of the F.B.I. director James B. Comey, Trump's attempt to ensure control of the investigation and his obsession with putting someone loyal in charge of the inquiry.
Dean was White House counsel for Nixon, a Republican, during the Watergate scandal.
Maggie Haberman, who reported the Times story with Michael S. Schmidt, tweeted Saturday that Trump allies have "for months questioned [the] veracity of our reporting. and WH didn't understand extent of it". In doing so, Trump also bragged about what he said was the transparency his administration has reportedly shown in dealing with the Russian Federation investigation (despite reports that Trump's team has been stalling and adding conditions for an actual interview). He reportedly gave insight into Trump's demeanor regarding Mueller's investigation. McGahn has openly expressed his frustrations, and signaled his desire to leave the White House months ago, but made a decision to stay on to lead the confirmation process of Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh. However, the source played down the Times article, saying that there didn't seem to be anything revelatory in the report's information and adding that it was already known that Trump instructed McGahn to cooperate with Mueller's team.
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"I doubt you have ANY IDEA what McGahn has told Mueller", Dean tweeted in response.
Kevin Lamarque / Reuters President Donald Trump as he presided over a cabinet meeting at the White House on Thursday.
However, Giuliani said there was no need for him to speak with Mueller.
Sessions' move came hours after Trump said he had "total" confidence in Sessions, and shortly after then-White House press secretary Sean Spicer pre-recorded a Fox news Channel interview in which he said there was no reason for Sessions to step away.