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People close to McGahn also said he grew concerned Trump had chose to allow him to cooperate in the investigation to construct a defense that he was following McGahn's poor legal advice on decisions such as the Comey firing, which could be viewed as obstruction of Justice, according to the report.
"I wanted to gain from John's wisdom", he continued.
"The failing @nytimes wrote a Fake piece today implying that because White House Councel [sic] Don McGahn was giving hours of testimony to the Special Councel [sic], he must be a John Dean type 'RAT, '" Trump tweeted.
The newspaper reported McGahn's motivation to speak with the special counsel as an unusual move that was in response to a decision by Trump's first team of lawyers to cooperate fully.
According to Trump, the New York Times has been promoting "Fake News" since the day he announced that he was running for president.
The Times reported that McGahn has told investigators that he has not witnessed the President take any action that exceeds "his legal authorities". But Mr. McGahn's lawyer has offered only a limited accounting of what Mr. McGahn told the investigators, according to two people close to the president. The person also said Trump is not anxious because he does not feel he did anything wrong.
Shortly after the Times published its report on Saturday, Giuliani called on Mueller's team to wrap up its investigation and file a report on its findings.
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"Mr. McGahn chose to fully cooperate with Mr. Mueller".
"That didn't work", Dershowitz said.
McGahn has reportedly spent 30 hours being interviewed by Mueller's investigators, providing them with what was described as information that never would have been obtained otherwise.
"Lot to cover", Mr. Dowd said in text message. "Did a great job. Not aware of any of the alleged apprehensions manufactured by the NYT". Beattie's White House email address, which worked through Friday, wasn't active on Saturday, CNN said.
"President Trump, through counsel, declined to assert any privilege over Mr. McGahn's testimony, so Mr. McGahn answered the Special Counsel team's questions fulsomely and honestly, as any person interviewed by federal investigators must", McGahn's personal attorney, William Burck, said.
Trump's outside legal counsel, Rudy Giuliani, said McGahn's co-operation would help bolster Trump's claims that he did nothing wrong. As an officer of the court, he added, Mr. McGahn would have had to resign if he thought the President did anything illegal.
During an interview with Chuck Todd on NBC's "Meet The Press", Giuliani acknowledged that the reason for the June 2016 Trump Tower meeting between Trump campaign aides and a Russian lawyer, arranged by Trump's son Donald Trump Jr., was that they had been promised dirt on Trump's 2016 Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton.