Trump’s lawyers realized that they have no idea what White House Counsel Don McGahn told Special Counsel Robert Mueller.
The New York Times reported:
President Trump’s lawyers do not know just how much the White House counsel, Donald F. McGahn II, told the special counsel’s investigators during months of interviews, a lapse that has contributed to a growing recognition that an early strategy of full cooperation with the inquiry was a potentially damaging mistake.
The president’s lawyers said on Sunday that they were confident that Mr. McGahn had said nothing injurious to the president during the 30 hours of interviews. But Mr. McGahn’s lawyer has offered only a limited accounting of what Mr. McGahn told the investigators, according to two people close to the president. That has prompted concern among Mr. Trump’s advisers that Mr. McGahn’s statements could help serve as a key component for a damning report by the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, which the Justice Department could send to Congress, according to two people familiar with the discussions.
The speculation is that McGahn gave some information to Mueller that was bad for Trump and other information that was good for Trump. McGahn is the White House attorney. He is not Trump’s personal lawyer. His duty is to protect the presidency, not Donald Trump. It was a major mistake for Trump’s lawyers not to know what the White House attorney talked to Mueller about.
The panic among Trump’s defenders is why Rudy Giuliani was on Meet The Press trying to spin McGahn as a fabulous witness for Trump. Giuliani was lying. He doesn’t know if McGahn was a good witness for Trump or not. It was all spin, but has become clear is that Trump and his lawyers have bungled his defense and may have handed Mueller an eyewitness to potential crimes.
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Mr. Easley is the managing editor. He is also a White House Press Pool and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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