Trump lashes out at Russian Federation probe, compares it to McCarthyism

"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. He stated that he "allowed" McGahn and "all others" to testify, and that he "didn't have to".

Trump confirmed that he gave McGahn and other White House staffers permission to fully cooperate with the investigation, which he has regularly dismissed as unsubstantiated and unfair.

The Times report comes amid pressure from Rudy Giuliani, Trump's personal attorney, for Mueller to conclude the monthslong investigation.

"I think the best analysis would be that the Mueller team is panicking, they know they don't have a case, there was no collusion, there was no obstruction, they can't prove it, and they are trying to get the president to testify", Giuliani said on Fox's "Justice with Judge Jeanine" program.

"People always view cooperation as giving up incriminating information but you can cooperate, tell the truth and not give up incriminating information because there's none to give up", Giuliani said.

Trump responded to the report in a series of tweets on Sunday, stating the paper had attempted to portray McGahn as a "RAT" akin to White House counsel for President Richard M. Nixon, John W. Dean, who pleaded guilty to conspiracy to obstruct justice in the Watergate scandal.

"Mr. McGahn and his lawyer, William A. Burck, could not understand why Mr. Trump was so willing to allow Mr. McGahn to speak freely to the special counsel and feared Mr. Trump was setting up Mr. McGahn to take the blame for any possible illegal acts of obstruction, according to people close to him".

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

This fits the media narrative that Mr. Trump is covering up his collusion with Russian Federation and his obstruction.

Mueller had requested to speak with McGahn about the circumstances surrounding former FBI Director James Comey's firing and his reported involvement in the event surrounding Attorney General Jeff Sessions' recusing himself from the Russian Federation investigation, the sources said.

Trump on Sunday continued to rail against the Mueller investigation, which he has labeled a "witch hunt".

It was the first time the president has equated the investigation to McCarthyism on Twitter. "Rigged Witch Hunt!" he later wrote.

Trump emphasized that he has authorized his aides to cooperate with Mueller. McGahn and his attorney came up with a strategy to cooperate extensively with the Mueller investigation in order to prove that there was no wrongdoing on his part. "Study the late Joseph McCarthy", the president wrote of the Wisconsin senator who led efforts to criminalise "un-American" political beliefs, "because we are now in period with Mueller and his gang that make Joseph McCarthy look like a baby!"

  • Joey Payne