McGahn seen as 'undercover operative' in White House

US President Donald Trump
US President Donald Trump
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21 August, 2018

During a scheduled event to honor immigration enforcement officers at the White House on Monday afternoon, President Donald Trump praised a Hispanic Customs and Border Protection agent by offhandedly telling the assembled crowd that he "speaks flawless English".

FILE - Special Counsel Robert Mueller departs after briefing members of the U.S. Senate on his investigation into potential collusion between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., June 21, 2017.

"He did not incriminate him", Burck wrote in one email, which was described by multiple people.

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Giuliani said that discussions over a presidential interview continue with Mueller's office and that he would not be rushed into having Trump testify "so that he gets trapped in perjury".

According to reports, McGahn testified for more than 30 hours with Mueller's team.

Rudy Giuliani, part of Mr. Trump's legal team, said on Saturday that Mr. McGahn's cooperation with Mr. Mueller was part of a legal strategy.

"The Failing New York Times wrote a story that made it seem like the White House Councel [sic] had TURNED on the President, when in fact it is just the opposite - & the two Fake reporters knew this".

But there is some dispute about how much detail Trump's lawyers have about what McGahn told Mueller.

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As White House counsel, McGahn has had extraordinary access to the president and some of his most controversial moves.

But when news of the meeting surfaced after Trump became president, he dictated a misleading statement about the talks, claiming they were about adoption of Russian children.

The network noted that while Trump knew about the interviews, he was unaware that they totaled 30 hours.

Trump could have invoked attorney-client and executive privilege to prevent McGahn from talking with investigators who are examining possible obstruction of justice by the president. "So, this is pretty important testimony, and it's taken Trump 48 hours nearly to understand what's going on here". Former press secretary Sean Spicer also sat for multiple days of interviews.

This has reignited an old internal attorney debate over whether Trump's team of attorneys should have cooperated fully with Mueller's attorneys, as attorney Dowd and another former Trump attorney Ty Cobb successfully argued at first to show the president had nothing to hide. And he certainly could have refused to do it voluntarily and forced the Mueller team to subpoena him to the grand jury.

McGahn has told Mueller's team that he never personally witnessed Trump breaking the law, but the information he has divulged could be potentially damaging.

The president was honoring employees of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Customs and Border Protection.

Jay Sekulow, an attorney for Trump, said the strategy was also created to help speed the investigation while protecting the White House as an institution.

Meanwhile, on Friday Mr. Trump said he has no regrets about yanking former CIA Director John Brennan's security clearance.


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