McGahn Lawyer Assures POTUS Legal Team: ‘He Did Not Incriminate’ Trump

on July 19, 2018 in Washington, DC.
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The lawyer for Don McGahn, the White House counsel who has reportedly spent 30 hours in interviews with Robert Mueller, told the President’s legal team that McGahn did not suggest to Mueller the President Trump engaged in any misconduct, The Washington Post reported, citing an email from McGahn’s attorney.

In a note to Trump’s legal team over the weekend — after The New York Times reported on the magnitude of McGahn’s cooperation with the Russia probe — McGahn’s lawyer Bill Burck said that the White House counsel “did not incriminate him,” meaning Trump. While the Post did not review the email, it was described to the Post reporter by multiple people.

Burck has also reportedly told Trump’s lawyers that McGahn did not observe the President committing any crimes and he would have left his post at the White House if he had, according to the Post.

The New York Times reported on Monday that Trump’s personal lawyers were largely unaware of what McGahn had spoken with Mueller about in the three interviews he’d had with the special counsel following his initial conversation with Mueller in November.

According to people familiar with the questions who spoke to the Post, Mueller’s team has asked McGahn about Trump’s private actions surrounding a series of moves that could constitute obstruction of justice: the firing former FBI Director James Comey; his public outbursts over Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ recusal from the Russia probe; Trump’s suggestion that he might fire Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

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