Published: Mon, August 20, 2018
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

Trump Just Compared Robert Mueller to Joseph McCarthy in a McCarthyesque Tweet

Trump Just Compared Robert Mueller to Joseph McCarthy in a McCarthyesque Tweet

In the Twitter posts, the president confirmed that he had made the unusual decision to allow McGahn and other officials to cooperate fully with the inquiry, saying he had "nothing to hide".

The information McGahn provided included the president's attempts to fire the special counsel, and Trump's comments and actions during his firing of Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey, according to the Times.

He also said that McGahn's cooperation does not mean that the information is damaging.

Giuliani says it's "silly" to say Trump should testify "because he's going to tell the truth and he shouldn't worry" because "it's somebody's version of the truth".

"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.

President Donald Trump later said he had authorised Mr McGahn's co-operation with special counsel Robert Mueller.

McGahn has offered detailed accounts of "episodes at the heart of the inquiry" over whether Trump and his aides sought to obstruct justice, the Times reported, motivated in part by the fear that the president might set him up to be held responsible.

In several interviews, McGahn described Trump's fury toward special counsel Mueller's probe into Russian election interference and links between the president's campaign and Moscow, according to the Times.

President Donald Trump walks down the stairs as he arrives on Air Force One at Morristown Municipal Airport in Morristown N.J. Friday Aug. 17 2018 en route to Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster N.J
Trump says he authorized White House staff to cooperate with Mueller

John Dowd, Trump's former lead outside attorney, told Fox News that "Don McGahn was a very strong witness for the president".

Dean tweeted Saturday night in response to the Times story: "Trump, a total incompetent, is bungling and botching his handling of Russiagate".

Trump's team of personal lawyers had initially instructed McGahn to cooperate with Mueller with the goal of bringing the investigation to an end as quickly as possible, and with the premise that the president had nothing to hide.

Trump called the story a "Fake piece" and seemed particularly incensed at the suggestion that McGahn was a "RAT" like John Dean, the former White House counsel who testified against president Richard Nixon during the Watergate scandal.

This fits the media narrative that Mr. Trump is covering up his collusion with Russian Federation and his obstruction. "However, he didn't think I would tell them the truth!" "The investigation continues - it looks like its never ending".

Joseph McCarthy, who died at the young age of 48, rose to prominence in the 1950s after he made a claim that 205 communists had infiltrated the United States State Department.

The president's former campaign manager, Paul Manafort, is the first person to go on trial as a result of Mr Mueller's investigation.

The counter-punch comes after days of criticism from former US national security officials and military leaders who've cast Trump's cancellation of Brennan's clearance - an apparent retaliation for his criticism of the president - as a risky precedent. "Witch Hunt!" Trump wrote on Twitter after the release of the report.

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