New York Times 'stands behind' its article after attacks by Trump

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Former advisor to President Richard Nixon, John Dean, was labeled a "rat" by President Donald Trump in a tweet this weekend.

Trump seemingly responded to the Saturday's report tweeting: "I allowed White House Counsel Don McGahn, and all other requested members of the White House Staff, to fully cooperate with the Special Counsel".

U.S. President Donald Trump unleashed a flurry of angry tweets Sunday morning following a report from the New York Times that White House counsel Don McGahn participated in interviews totaling 30 hours over nine months as part of Robert Mueller's ongoing Russian Federation investigation.

Trump's original legal team had encouraged McGahn and other White House officials to co-operate with special counsel Robert Mueller, and McGahn spent hours in interviews.

Giuliani also tried to make the case that having Trump sit down for an interview with Mueller's team wouldn't accomplish much because of the he-said-she-said nature of witnesses' recollections.

As well as collusion, the special counsel is scrutinising whether there were any attempts by the president to obstruct justice.

Rudy Giuliani, part of Mr. Trump's legal team, said on Saturday that Mr. McGahn's cooperation with Mr. Mueller was part of a legal strategy. However, the source played down the Times article, saying that there didn't seem to be anything revelatory in the report's information and adding that it was already known that Trump instructed McGahn to cooperate with Mueller's team. The President's lawyers told the Times on Sunday that they believed that McGahn's approximately 30 hours of interviews with the special counsel had not included any testimony harmful to the President.

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It is unclear, the Times notes, whether Trump has fully realized McGahn has taken this approach, which is extremely unusual for a defense attorney.

Don't miss out on the latest news and information. "Rigged Witch Hunt!" he later tweeted. "I love President Trump, who is a fearless American hero, and continue to support him one hundred percent".

President Trump's authorization of full cooperation was done when it was the White House's goal to conclude the Mueller investigation as quickly as possible.

The New York Times said in a tweet that it stands by the story.

McGahn became concerned that the President planned to set him up to be held responsible for any potential illegal incidents of obstruction, the Times reported, citing to people close to him.

John Dean was White House counsel for Nixon during the Watergate scandal.

Trump compared Mueller's investigation to the tactics employed by the late senator Joseph McCarthy, who alleged that Communist agents and Soviet spies had infiltrated the USA government, accusing some of treason without evidence. "Not the truth", Giuliani told Chuck Todd on NBC's Meet the Press. Also, Nixon knew I was meeting with prosecutors, b/c I told him.

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