Published: Mon, August 20, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

Trump Lashes Out at Russia Probe as 'McCarthyism'

Trump Lashes Out at Russia Probe as 'McCarthyism'

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President Donald Trump on Saturday claimed that his administration has been "transparent" in special counsel Robert Mueller's probe into Russian interference in the election and possible obstruction of justice, after the New York Times reported that the White House counsel has been cooperating extensively in the matter. McGahn shared some information investigators would not otherwise have known, The Times said, about events including Trump's attempts to fire Mueller.

McGahn's testimony would be even more important if Trump does not sit for an interview with Mueller. No Collusion, No Obstruction.

Mr. Trump's attorney Rudy Giuliani told CBS News' Major Garrett earlier this month that he's "more optimistic" that a potential interview between the president and Mueller might occur, putting the odds of that taking place at "50-50".

McGahn has told the Special Counsel's investigators about Trump's responses to the Russian Federation investigation, the president's firing of FBI Director James Comey, and attempts to pressure Attorney General Jeff Sessions to reassume control over the probe after he recused himself.

It is unclear, the Times notes, whether Trump has fully realized McGahn has taken this approach, which is extremely unusual for a defense attorney. "Witch Hunt!" Trump wrote on Twitter after the release of the report.

"Mr. McGahn chose to fully cooperate with Mr. Mueller".

According to Trump, the New York Times has been "fake news" since the day he announced that he was running for president.

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He added Sunday in response to Trump's tweets that he doubts the president has "ANY IDEA what McGahn has told Mueller".

In this February 22, 2018, file photo White House counsel Don McGahn speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), at National Harbor, Md.

McGahn reportedly provided Mueller's team with evidence about Trump's firing of James Comey, his conversations with Attorney General Jeff Sessions about Comey's replacement, and internal White House discussions about potentially dismissing Mueller altogether.

Dean tweeted a reply, saying he had "trouble using the title Mr President for someone installed by Putin".

In the 1950s, McCarthy led a Cold War-era inquisition of alleged Communists who he claimed had infiltrated American governmental institutions.

"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! Not the truth", Giuliani told Chuck Todd on NBC's Meet the Press.

People close to McGahn told the Times that he chose to fully cooperate with Mueller because he feared Trump was setting him up to take the fall for any potential illegal activity, including obstruction of justice. Also, Nixon knew I was meeting with prosecutors, b/c I told him.

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