President Trump kicked off the week with a battery of tweets aimed at Special Counsel Robert Mueller's team, calling his investigators "Thugs" and accusing them of trying to tilt the midterms - ratcheting up his attacks amid speculation over White House Counsel Don McGahn's cooperation with the probe.
Giuliani said during "Meet the Press" that Trump didn't raise executive privilege or attorney-client privilege during those interviews because his team believed - he says now, wrongly - that fully participating would be the fastest way to bring the investigation to a close.
He added: "I'm totally allowed to be involved if I wanted to be". It remains unclear if McGahn answered questions on collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation.
"The meeting was originally for the objective of getting information about Clinton", he said, adding that the Trump team did not know that Natalia Veselnitskaya was Russian - even though emails later released by Trump Jr. show that she had been described as a "Russian government attorney". "The left can't get out of their own way".
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.
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On Saturday evening, Mr. McGahn's lawyer confirmed that the White House counsel had cooperated with Robert Mueller's team.
Like me, McCarthy also believes the Times' account of the interviews reinforces the view that there is no obstruction of justice case against the president.
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But he also asserted his authority, as president, over the investigation. "Witch Hunt!" Trump wrote on Twitter after the release of the report.
And so here, as a practical matter, I don't think that Mr. McGahn had much of a choice at all but to go in and answer the questions.
In the interview, Trump blamed the investigation for hampering his efforts to strengthen the country's relationship with Russian Federation and for sowing discord among the American public.
Jay Sekulow, an attorney for Trump, said the strategy was also created to help speed the investigation while protecting the White House as an institution. In the 1950s, McCarthy claimed that communist and Soviet spies had infiltrated the government, going on to accuse some - without evidence - of treason.
McGahn's testimony would be even more important if Trump does not sit for an interview with Mueller.
Trump's tweet storm appears to be another instance in which he's parroting things he heard on Fox & Friends, Fox News' morning news show that features Trump-supporting hosts who both defend Trump's behavior and apparently give him a blueprint for how to respond to the scandal du jour.
In a statement, The Times' communications department said the paper stood by the report and the reporters who wrote it, Michael S. Schmidt and Maggie Haberman.
Mr. Trump's former personal lawyer, John Dowd, told Reuters on Saturday that he was aware Mr. McGahn had spoken extensively with Mr. Mueller's team.