"The failing nytimes wrote a Fake piece today implying that because White House Councel Don McGahn was giving hours of testimony to the Special Councel, he must be a John Dean type 'RAT, '" Mr Trump wrote, misspelling the word "counsel". Let's try to navigate through this Beltway Hall of Mirrors.
According to The New York Times, Mr. McGahn in at least three voluntary interviews with investigators that totalled 30 hours over the past nine months, described Mr. Trump's furore toward the Russian Federation investigation and the ways in which the President urged Mr. McGahn to respond to it.
The newspaper said McGahn was also centrally involved in Trump's attempts to fire the special counsel, Robert Mueller, which investigators might not have discovered without him.
"I think there is good reason for McGahn to believe that Trump would throw him under the bus, since Trump throws nearly everyone under the bus", Dean told Slate. today. Brennan told NBC's Meet the Press he might take Trump to court. There's still negotiation about whether the president should testify.
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Mr Dean, a frequent critic of the President, was the White House counsel for Nixon during the Watergate scandal.
White House counsel Don McGahn's testimony to special counsel Robert Mueller's investigators is not protected under attorney-client privilege, but President Donald Trump "has nothing to fear" from counsel's cooperation, according to legal expert Alan Dershowitz. He ultimately cooperated with prosecutors and helped bring down the Nixon presidency, though he served a prison term for obstruction of justice. 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 also said The New York Times leaked the report to get Trump angry with McGahn so he would be willing to testify in the probe.
John Dowd, Trump's former lead outside attorney, told Fox News that "Don McGahn was a very strong witness for the president". "I don't think it is a reach to have that in your consciousness". Mr. McGahn cautioned to investigators that he never saw Mr. Trump go beyond his legal authorities.
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"Study the late Joseph McCarthy, because we are now in a period with Mueller and his gang that make Joseph McCarthy look like a baby!" While Trump believes McGahn is not loyal enough, McGahn has called the president "King Kong" behind his back because of his temper tantrums, the Times is reporting.
Trump recently stripped former Central Intelligence Agency director John Brennan of his security clearance, in a move widely criticized as an abuse of power. "Witch Hunt!" Trump wrote on Twitter after the release of the report.
The comparison is a little unusual, considering that, while McCarthy may have been disgraced for his hearings, eventual investigations did uncover some Communist sympathies, particularly in Hollywood.
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