Trump's legal team would try to argue that Mueller is part of the executive branch himself and stopping "intra executive" conversation is hard.
"He was chewing out the White House counsel about Sessions", a senior administration official told DailyMail.com, referring to Sessions' move to recuse himself from federal investigations linking Russian officials with Trump campaign personnel.
Although Trump's lawyers have little idea what McGahn told investigators, they said Saturday and Sunday that McGahn had helped the president.
McGahn agreed to cooperate with the investigation in part because Trump's first team of criminal lawyers agreed to cooperate fully with Mueller, stating they believed they could end the investigation quickly, as Trump had nothing to hide.
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".
The president's personal lawyers have also "never been given a full accounting" of what McGahn told Mueller, Schmidt said.
Dean, a frequent critic of the president, tweeted Saturday night in response to the Times story that, "Trump, a total incompetent, is bungling and botching his handling of Russiagate".
Trump upbraided the press for supposedly fixating on the Mueller investigation and said it should focus more energy on the corruption of Democrats.
Mueller's investigators have uncovered several instances of Trump campaign contacts with Russia, including a mid-2016 meeting at Trump Tower in NY in which Trump's oldest son, Donald Trump Jr., met with a woman said to be a Russian government attorney who would offer incriminating material against Trump's election challenger, Democrat Hillary Clinton.
Donald McGahn, the White House counsel, has given lengthy statements to Mueller's team.
Duke, a professor at Duke's student newspaper, once wrote an editorial supporting Donald Trump's travel ban and the President's often racist views on immigration.
In another message, the president suggested that the collusion and obstruction for which he is under investigation were actually committed by Hillary Clinton and the Democratic Party.
Giuliani however acknowledged that if the leak didn't come from Mueller, it may have come from McGahn.
After the account of the lunch conversation was published, McGahn became convinced that Cobb believed that he was hiding documents. "So this is pretty important testimony, and it's taken Trump 48 hours nearly to understand what's going on here". Concerned that he would be blamed, he made a decision to try to demonstrate to Mueller that he and other White House lawyers had done nothing wrong.
"It's somebody's version of the truth, not the truth", he said, telling NBC: "Truth isn't truth".
"Truth is truth", the show's host, Chuck Todd, answered.