Published: Tue, August 21, 2018
Global Media | By Derrick Guzman

Trump says about Russian Federation probe: ‘I could run it if I want’

Trump says about Russian Federation probe: ‘I could run it if I want’

President Trump compared the Russian Federation investigation to McCarthyism in a Twitter tirade yesterday, insisting that his White House counsel isn't a "RAT" like the Watergate-era John Dean.

The federal agencies overseeing the border and the nation's immigration system have been thrust into a political debate over the Trump administration's separation of migrant children from their parents after they illegally crossed the U.S. -Mexico border. "Ask Rudy", a reference to Trump's current lead lawyer in the special counsel investigation, Rudy Giuliani. "He's been under attack in one form or another". "We don't know everything that McGahn did, but it's more than they think", he added.

Trump's attorney, Rudolph W. Giuliani, has previously argued that the president could end the Russian Federation probe if he wanted to. The President's lawyers told the Times on Sunday that they believed that McGahn's almost 30 hours of interviews with the special counsel had not included any testimony harmful to the President. More recently he has said it was a routine political meeting - opposition research about an election opponent - and he did not know about it in advance.

U.S. President Donald Trump answers a question during an interview with Reuters in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, U.S. August 20, 2018.

CNN reported that Trump was unnerved for the rest of the weekend and that he thought the development made him look weak. He ultimately cooperated with prosecutors and helped bring down the Nixon presidency in 1974, though he served a prison term for obstruction of justice.

"And if he had gotten good legal advice at the time, he would have done something a little bit less than that", he added. "I don't think the president appreciated what McGahn's cooperation would actually entail".

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 gave a mix of damaging and favourable information about the president, but he said Trump did not go beyond his legal authorities as president.

Trump said "step by step" he was building his signature border wall - a staple of his 2016 campaign - but expressed unhappiness with congressional Democrats who have opposed his plan. "Sometimes further inquiry can reveal the truth other times it doesn't". Rather, it's about writing a report that Congress might use to impeach the president. "Mueller got a major break (and witness) w/ McGahn!"

BRIDGEWATER, N.J. President Donald Trump insisted today that his White House counsel isn't a "RAT" like the Watergate-era White House attorney who turned on Richard Nixon, and he blasted the ongoing Russian Federation investigation as "McCarthyism". They believed Trump's lawyers should have claimed attorney-client privilege for McGahn.

Last fall, McGahn believed that he was being set up to be blamed for any wrongdoing by the president in part because of an article published in The Times in September, which described a conversation that a reporter had overheard between Dowd and Cobb.

The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Hill.

Giuliani also tried to make the case that having Trump sit down for an interview with Mueller's team would not accomplish much because of the he-said-she-said nature of witnesses' recollections. On Meet the Press, Giuliani repeated his fear of a "perjury trap".

"It's somebody's version of the truth, not the truth", he said, telling NBC: "Truth isn't truth".

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