White House Counsel cooperates with Russia investigation

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In a series of angry tweets, Trump denounced a New York Times story that White House counsel Don McGahn has been extensively cooperating with the Russian Federation investigation without Trump's full knowledge.

"Disgraced and discredited Bob Mueller and his whole group of Angry Democrat Thugs spent over 30 hours with the White House Councel, only with my approval, for purposes of transparency", Trump tweeted.

While her comments seem hypocritical on the surface, one could argue that she is actually the flawless person to speak about how harmful social media can be as she's married to the most notorious cyberbully there is and has a firsthand perspective on the negative impacts. McGahn's lawyer, William Burck, provided Trump's lawyers with a short overview of McGahn's first interview in November and didn't provide information about what McGahn said in the next two interviews, an anonymous source told the newspaper.

Trump expressed worry that talking under oath to special counsel Robert Mueller about the Russian Federation probe could lead to his being charged with perjury.

Once privilege is waived, Mr. McGahn couldn't decide to answer, say, what Mr. Trump told him about Attorney General Jeff Sessions but refuse to discuss the President's state of mind when he fired James Comey at the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

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The special counsel declined to comment when contacted by Fox News.

The Times said McGahn had laid out for investigators Trump's fury over the probe - and the ways in which he asked McGahn to respond to it. The White House counsel is a witness.

But James Clapper - the former director of national intelligence, who said Brennan was "subtle like a freight train" - insisted on CNN that the use of security clearance to quash criticism was damaging to U.S. institutions.

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.

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Boston University political analyst Tobe Berkovitz said Trump's claims have merit, calling the comparison of the probe to McCarthyism a "valid point".

"I'm totally allowed to be involved if I wanted to be", Trump said. Standing next to Russian president Vladimir Putin in Helsinki last month, he called Mueller's investigation of Moscow's meddling in the 2016 election a "disaster".

Rudy Giuliani, an lawyer for US President Donald Trump, says co-operating with the Mueller investigation was now a mistake.

"Once the facts are known - if they're ever known - people are going to see if it's Watergate one way or another, be it Watergate with the president violating all sorts of laws or Watergate with the Central Intelligence Agency and the FBI tampering with the role of investigations", Berkovitz said. It noted that McGahn played a key role in stopping Trump from firing Mueller, who was made special counsel after Comey's firing.

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