Trump says 'nothing to hide' from Special Counsel Mueller

White House Counsel Donald Mc Gahn has reportedly been cooperating extensively with Robert Mueller's inquiry

The Times reported that McGahn's cooperation in the investigation began in part because the president's initial team of lawyers insisted that Trump had nothing to hide and they wanted the investigation to end quickly.

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

McGahn has told the Special Counsel's investigators about Trump's responses to the Russian Federation investigation, the president's firing of FBI Director James Comey, and attempts to pressure Attorney General Jeff Sessions to reassume control over the probe after he recused himself.

Citing a dozen current and former White House officials, the paper says White House counsel Donald McGahn gave at least three voluntary interviews to investigators totalling 30 hours over a nine-month period.

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

President Donald Trump later said he had authorised Mr McGahn's co-operation with special counsel Robert Mueller.

"I think the bottom line is it is less bad for the president to have his counsel testify than to have him speak to special counsel".

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What does Trump have to say?

It's not clear if McGahn's cooperation with Mueller, whom Trump has accused of being biased against him, has strained his relationship with the president.

"I allowed White House Counsel Don McGahn, and all other requested members of the White House Staff, to fully cooperate with the Special Counsel", Trump tweeted. But it said another motivation was McGahn's fear he could be placed in legal jeopardy because of decisions made in the White House that could be construed as obstruction of justice.

McGahn has been something of a shadow figure, gaining little personal spotlight in the tumultuous atmosphere surrounding Trump's White House.

In yet another tweet he added, "This is why the Fake News Media has become the Enemy of the People". In doing so, Trump also bragged about what he said was the transparency his administration has reportedly shown in dealing with the Russian Federation investigation (despite reports that Trump's team has been stalling and adding conditions for an actual interview).

Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort was charged with financial charges as part of the investigation, but the allegations for which he is charged predated his involvement with the Trump campaign.

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