Trump says 'nothing to hide' from Special Counsel Mueller

Robert Mueller the special counsel probing Russian interference in the 2016 election departs Capitol Hill following a closed door meeting in Washington

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The report, published online Saturday, said McGahn was encouraged by the White House to discuss the firing of former FBI Director James Comey, Trump's desire to fire Mueller and his frustration with Attorney General Jeff Sessions over recusing himself from the Russian Federation probe as part of an "open book strategy" to get the special counsel to conclude the investigation.

"I think there is good reason for McGahn to believe that Trump would throw him under the bus, since Trump throws nearly everyone under the bus", Dean told Slate. today.

While Trump maintains that he OK'd the meetings, Dean believes that McGahn's enthusiasm may be "self-preservation".

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.

The report goes on to say that Trump's relationship with the White House counsel is strained, with Trump expressing frustration with McGahn for telling him "no" rather than "looking for creative ways to get him [Trump] what he wants".

The president's message followed reports that McGahn had spoken with investigators from Mueller's investigative team multiple times, which Fox News confirmed Saturday.

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

"The failing @nytimes wrote a Fake piece today implying that because White House Councel Don McGahn was giving hours of testimony to the Special Councel, he must be a John Dean type 'RAT,"' Trump wrote, misspelling the word "counsel", as he often does. 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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A source close to the probe told Reuters they did not believe Mr McGahn had provided any incriminating information.

McRaven said Brennan's "honesty and character have never been in question, except by those who don't know him".

"I see a lot of similarity in the bungling", Dean said.

The White House counsel also told Mueller's team about Trump's attempts to fire the Special Counsel.

Trump has repeatedly denounced the investigation into whether his campaign colluded with Moscow as a "witch hunt". McGahn was a strong witness for the President according to Burck and debriefs of DM (Donald McGahn).

Trump's outside legal counsel, Rudy Giuliani, said McGahn's cooperation 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.

McGahn, his attorney, and the Special Counsel's office declined to comment.

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