Trump calls Mueller probe ‘McCarthyism at its worst’ lashing out at ‘fake’ New York Times
The weekend Twitter ire of the president was prompted by the publication of a New York Times piece on White House lawyer Donald McGahn’s extensive cooperation in Mueller’s investigation based on sources. The president immediately reacted Saturday evening, saying that it was he who allowed McGahn and others to be interviewed and ordered “millions” of pages of documents to be provided.
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!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 19, 2018
On Sunday morning, he continued sharing his thoughts on the article and tweeted that White House lawyer Don McGahn isn’t “a John Dean type ‘RAT,’” adding that the story was “Fake News,” and claimed that some in the media have apologized to him over it.
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!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 19, 2018
John Dean was White House counsel for Nixon during the Watergate scandal. Dean ultimately cooperated with prosecutors and helped bring the Nixon presidency to its knees. In the string of tweets on Sunday morning, Trump claimed he allowed McGahn and others to testify, stating that he “didn’t have to [let them]. I have nothing to hide......”
Study the late Joseph McCarthy, because we are now in period with Mueller and his gang that make Joseph McCarthy look like a baby! Rigged Witch Hunt!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 19, 2018
Trump then went on to dub Mueller’s obstruction of justice investigation as “McCarthyism at its WORST,” referring to tactics used by late Senator Joseph McCarthy. In the 1950s, McCarthy claimed that communist and Soviet spies had infiltrated the government, going on to accuse some – without evidence – of treason.
The president’s Sunday Twitter rant came a day after Trump’s attorney, Rudy Giuliani, suggested that Mueller’s leaking information to the New York Times about McGahn’s 30 hours’ worth of voluntary interviews was meant to push the president into testifying.
“I think the best analysis would be that the Mueller team is panicking, they know they don’t have a case, there was no collusion, there was no obstruction, they can’t prove it, and they are trying to get the president to testify,” Giuliani said on Fox’s ‘Justice with Judge Jeanine’ program. “And they’re hoping that if they put out a story like this in which they suggest that McGahn is cooperating against him—but don’t say it, they don’t say that—that he’ll want to come in and explain himself,” he said.
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