What we know about Don McGahn's cooperation with the Mueller probe

President Donald Trump at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster New Jersey

Responding to news that current White House counsel Don McGahn has spent 30 hours in cooperating interviews with special counsel Robert Mueller (a move that required Trump to waive his executive privilege), Clinton-era White House counsel Jack Quinn told CNN's Brooke Baldwin that he was stunned by the president's move.

In his tweets, Trump said McGahn had cooperated with prosecutors with his approval "for purposes of transparency".

Trump called special counsel Robert Mueller's probe a "disgusting witch hunt", and "McCarthyism at its WORST!" "They can't see the fact that Trump may be open on this entire thing because he did nothing wrong".

On Sunday, Trump's lead lawyer dealing with the special counsel, Rudy Giuliani, appeared to acknowledge that he had only a partial understanding of what McGahn had revealed.

Former senior intelligence officials have spoken out in newspaper editorial pages, on television and in petitions since Trump stripped former CIA chief John Brennan of his security clearance last week.

Trump's hard-line rhetoric underscored the White House's interest in making immigration a defining issue in the fall elections as Democrats seek to capture the 23 seats they need to retake the majority in the House and overcome the Republicans' narrow majority in the Senate.

"Just over a week ago a human smuggler was arrested in Laredo for locking, and really locking, a terrible 78 illegal aliens inside of a trailer", Trump said.

Beattie had been questioned by White House officials about the conference before being asked to abdicate his post.

"There would be a battle over the use of McGahn's information", one source said, explaining that McGahn was allowed to speak with Mueller with privilege remaining in place over the use of the information. "However, he didn't think I would tell them the truth!"

"Dowd has a good sense of it, he talked to them at the time", Giuliani replied, later adding, "I think that through, through John Dowd, we have a pretty good sense of it".

He added today in response to Trump's tweets that he doubts the president has "ANY IDEA what McGahn has told Mueller".

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The smiling officer thanked Trump as he stood beside him at the lectern but made no comment on the president's remark.

The tweets were the latest in a spate of complaints in recent days from the president about a probe into whether his campaign coordinated with Russian Federation during the 2016 election and whether Trump has sought to obstruct the investigation.

McGahn is far from the only member of Trump's inner circle who has been interviewed extensively by Mueller's team.

Still, Trump was rattled by the Times report, according to people familiar with his thinking.

Calling the story a "Fake piece", Trump seemed particularly incensed at the suggestion that McGahn could be a "RAT" like John Dean, the former White House counsel who testified against Richard Nixon during the Watergate scandal.

Dean tweeted that he believed "Trump had no clue about the testimony". The paper said McGahn was motivated in part by fear that the president might set him up to be held responsible.

Trump's lawyer, former NY mayor Rudy Giuliani, said he had not debriefed McGahn on his testimony but that the former head of the president's legal team, John Dowd, had told him the White House counsel was "a strong witness for the president".

"It's somebody's version of the truth, not the truth", he said, telling NBC's Chuck Todd: "Truth isn't truth".

"No, it isn't truth", Giuliani replied.

"Truth is truth", the show's host, Chuck Todd, answered.

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