- President Trump says members of the press complained and apologized for a story in the New York Times on top White House lawyer talking to special counsel
- Trump slammed the tone of the New York Times story and said White House counsel Don McGahn is not ‘a John Dean type ‘RAT”
- Trump claims the testimony shows ‘I have nothing to hide’
- The Times is standing by their story
- White House counsel Don McGahn has met with Mueller’s team at least three times over the last nine months, The New York Times reported on Saturday
- White House counsel has talked to Mueller about President Trump’s actions related to the Russia investigation
- Last year, McGahn threatened to resign after he refused a directive by Trump to fire the Special Counsel
- Relations between McGahn and Trump are tense – the president thinks McGahn is disloyal, while the White House counsel calls Trump ‘King Kong’
- Trump says he voluntarily allowed McGahn to cooperate with the Mueller probe
President Donald Trump is claiming some members of the media apologized to him for a story in the New York Times on White House Counsel Don McGahn talking to the special counsel about whether or not the president obstructed the Russia investigation.
He also slammed the paper for implying McGahn is a ‘RAT’ who turned on him and is claiming the testimony by the top White House lawyer shows he has ‘nothing to hide’ in the Russia investigation.
The Times stood by its story.
‘Some members of the media are very Angry at the Fake Story in the New York Times. They actually called to complain and apologize – a big step forward. From the day I announced, the Times has been Fake News, and with their disgusting new Board Member, it will only get worse!,’ Trump tweeted Sunday morning.
The DailyMail.com has reached out to the White House about which members of the press made the apologizes.
Trump used a series of tweets on Sunday morning to paint a New York Times story on McGahn’s conversations with special counsel Robert Mueller as a ‘fake piece.’
In a twitter rant, he repeatedly condemned the story and the newspaper.
The Times responded to the tweets with a tweet.
“The New York Times stands behind the reporting of our Pulitzer-Prize winning reporters @nytmike and @maggieNYT,” the paper’s public relations team tweeted.
The president took umbrage with the tone of the story, charging the newspaper with portraying McGahn as ‘a John Dean type ‘RAT” – a reference to the former aide to President Richard Nixon who became a key witness to the prosecution in the Watergate scandal.
Trump, who values loyalty, also disputed reports of a troubled relationship between the two men, writing McGahn has not turned on him.
‘The Failing New York Times wrote a story that made it seem like the White House Councel had TURNED on the President, when in fact it is just the opposite – & the two Fake reporters knew this. This is why the Fake News Media has become the Enemy of the People. So bad for America!,’ he tweeted Sunday morning.
The Times reported that McGahn has told people he is talking to Mueller in order to avoid the fate of John Dean, who served as Nixon’s White House counsel and feared Nixon was setting him up to take the fall on Watergate. Dean cooperated with investigators while still working in the White House.
Trump emphasized he ‘allowed’ McGahn and others to testify, a point he also made on Saturday evening when the story was first posted on line.
‘I didn’t have to. I have nothing to hide,’ he wrote on Twitter Sunday morning.
The president went on to claim Mueller’s investigation is ‘McCarthyism at its WORST!’ and, in a series of tweets, he used his favorite criticisms of the probe, calling it a ‘Rigged and Disgusting Witch Hunt.’