Michael Cohen's attorney regularly chats with the lawyer who took down Nixon

Michael Cohen's attorney regularly chats with the lawyer who took down Nixon

Michael Cohen's attorney regularly chats with the lawyer who took down Nixon

McGahn's attorney William Burck added in a statement: "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".

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.

Trump started off his diatribe by condemning the New York Times' report that White House counsel Donald F. McGahn II has been cooperating with Mueller's team and generously sharing information about key moments to the inquiry that investigators would not have known otherwise.

US President Donald Trump went on the offensive on Sunday, invoking the spectres of Richard Nixon and Joseph McCarthy, starkly polarising figures from American history, in a frenzied attack on The New York Times.

Another source close to McGahn disputed any implication that he was doing anything but following the requests of Trump's legal team.

Dean, a frequent critic of the president, tweeted Saturday night in response to the Times story that, "Trump, a total incompetent, is bungling and botching his handling of Russiagate".

Trump's team of personal lawyers had initially instructed McGahn to cooperate with Mueller with the goal of bringing the investigation to an end as quickly as possible, and with the premise that the president had nothing to hide.

The newspaper also reported that, according to a person with knowledge of the President's thinking, Trump incorrectly thought that McGahn would act as a personal attorney would and exclusively defend the President's interests in interactions with the special counsel team.

Also on Saturday, Mr. Trump tweeted that he had encouraged Mr. McGahn and White House staff to cooperate with investigators.

"All of the resignations and corruption, yet heavily conflicted Bob Mueller refuses to even look in that direction", Trump wrote.

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 article calls Trump's lawyers' failure to ask McGahn what he planned to say to the Mueller team "careless".

Giuliani said McGahn's cooperation with Mueller was part of a legal strategy.

"I certainly don't want to raise expectations that Mr. Cohen has anything like the level of deep involvement and detailed knowledge that John Dean had in the Nixon White House as a witness to Nixon's crimes, but I did see some similarities and wanted to learn from what John went through", Davis, a decades-long friend of Bill and Hillary Clinton told the website. As an officer of the court, he added, McGahn would have had to resign if he thought the president did anything illegal.

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