Trump says he authorized White House staff to cooperate with Mueller

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

Trump said the newspaper made it seem like McGahn had turned on the president - as White House counsel John Dean had in the Watergate investigation of former president Richard Nixon - "when in fact it is just the opposite". Let's try to navigate through this Beltway Hall of Mirrors.

According to the New York Times, McGahn in at least three voluntary interviews with investigators that totaled 30 hours over the past nine months, described Trump's furor toward the Russian Federation investigation and the ways in which the president urged McGahn to respond to it.

McGahn's attorney, William Burck, said Saturday that "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".

"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.

It was not clear Sunday whether President Trump or Chief of Staff John F. Kelly were personally involved in Beattie's departure.

"The investigation continues - it looks like its never ending".

Trump, meanwhile, appears to have mistakenly believed that McGahn would act as his personal attorney who would defend the president's interests.

McGahn absorbed most of Hurricane Donald's force after the president found glowing media coverage - following his well-received speech to a Joint session of Congress - crowded out by the Sessions mini-scandal.

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But the Times reported that McGahn was caught off guard by that decision and developed his own strategy to protect his own legal liability and demonstrate he had done nothing wrong.

Once White House officials were informed about CNN's pending report, Beattie reportedly was confronted and urged to step down immediately.

News of McGahn's extensive cooperation with Mueller is likely to complicate the already-strained relationship between the two men.

In yet another tweet he added, "This is why the Fake News Media has become the Enemy of the People".

Giuliani also told NBC that Trump had encouraged McGahn to talk to Mueller, "is happy that he did, and is quite secure that there is nothing in the testimony that will hurt the president". "So bad for America!"

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". Joseph McCarthy, who led the '50s-era crusade against communism that resulted in many Americans being blacklisted for their suspected views.

Trump's allegation that Mueller's investigation constituted modern-day McCarthyism capped off a torrent of insults on Sunday morning against his actual and perceived political adversaries.

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