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Mueller inquiry: White House lawyer McGahn co-operating with probe

August 19, 2018 4:14 pm

The top lawyer in the White House is “co-operating extensively” with the Russia inquiry into election meddling, the New York Times reports.

Donald McGahn has spent 30 hours sharing detailed accounts of episodes at the heart of the probe, it says.

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

Mr Mueller is investigating possible collusion between Russia and Mr Trump’s team in the 2016 US election.

The president denies any collusion, and has repeatedly called the Mueller probe “a witch hunt”. Russia also denies claims it interfered in the polls two years ago, which saw Donald Trump defeat Democratic rival Hillary Clinton.

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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.