Trump says his White House counsel not a 'RAT' like Nixon's

Don Mc Gahn speaking at the 2018 Conservative Political Action Conference in National Harbor Maryland

Although Dean was part of the White House-led efforts under President Richard Nixon to cover up the Watergate scandal, his decision to testify to Congress about it was crucial to exposing the affair and causing Nixon to resign from office 44 years ago.

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.

"It is not clear that Mr. Trump appreciates the extent to which Mr. McGahn has cooperated with the special counsel", the Times reported.

Giuliani said during "Meet the Press" that Trump didn't raise executive privilege or attorney-client privilege during those interviews because his team believed - he says now, wrongly - that fully participating would be the fastest way to bring the investigation to a close.

"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.

President Donald Trump is insisting that White House lawyer Don McGahn isn't "a John Dean type 'RAT'".

The President's advisers are now concerned McGahn's statements to the special counsel could be key to filling in some blanks of Mueller's report, two people familiar with the discussion told the Times.

McGahn has met with Mueller's team at least three times and has been questioned by the special counsel's team more extensively than any other member of the White House staff who has gone for an interview, the sources said.

President Trump launched a fresh attack on the newspaper on Sunday, describing its report as "a fake piece" for implying Mr McGahn had incriminating information to share.

President Trump's authorization of full cooperation was done when it was the White House's goal to conclude the Mueller investigation as quickly as possible.

Trump then went on to dub Mueller's obstruction of justice investigation as "McCarthyism at its WORST", referring to tactics used by late Senator Joseph McCarthy.

Trump also said "some members of the media" were angry about the Times' report and have called to "complain and apologize".

In a tweet Saturday night, President Trump said he allowed and encouraged McGahn's cooperation with the special counsel.

It was the first time the president has equated the investigation to McCarthyism on Twitter. "Witch Hunt!" Trump wrote on Twitter after the release of the report.

On Sunday, he compared Mueller with 1950s-era United States senator Joseph McCarthy, whose anti-Communist crusade eventually led to his censure by the Senate.

Cohen has said recently that his loyalties lie with his family and not Trump, suggesting he may be willing to cooperate with prosecutors. In addition to calling the probe a "witch hunt", Trump now compares the probe to "McCarthyism:" Joseph McCarthy's series of mid-century hearings created to root out Communists in the government, business, and entertainment industries.

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