WASHINGTON — Special Counsel Robert Mueller gives US president Donald Trump new reason to be worried.
On Sunday morning Trump revealed quite a bit about his feelings of nervousness, when he referred to Richard Nixon’s White House Counsel John Dean as a “RAT” for testifying against Nixon.
“This sure has echoes of Richard Nixon’s White House counsel, John Dean, who in 1973 feared that Nixon was setting him up as a fall guy for Watergate and secretly gave investigators crucial help while still in his job,” said the historian Michael Beschloss.
John Dean was the White House counsel for Nixon during the Watergate scandal. He ultimately cooperated with prosecutors and helped bring down the Nixon presidency in 1974.
Trump values loyalty to him above all else, you are loyal to me or you are a rat, including any responsibilities that civil servants may have to the American people.
In a series of angry tweets he denounced a New York Times story that his White House counsel, Don McGahn, has been cooperating extensively with the special counsel team investigating Russian election meddling and potential collusion with Trump’s Republican campaign.
McGahn’s attorney said in a statement: “President Trump, through counsel, declined to assert any privilege over Mr. McGahn’s testimony, so Mr. McGahn answered the Special Counsel team’s questions fulsomely and honestly, as any person interviewed by federal investigators must.”
Trump on Sunday continued to rail against the Mueller investigation, which he has labeled a “witch hunt.”
“So many lives have been ruined over nothing - McCarthyism at its WORST!”
“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!” he later wrote.
Giuliani, in his interview, also acknowledged that the reason for the June 2016 Trump Tower meeting between Trump campaign aides and a Russian lawyer, arranged by Trump’s son Donald Trump Jr., was that they had been promised dirt on Trump’s 2016 Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton.
“The meeting was originally for the purpose of getting information about Clinton,” he said, adding that the Trump team didn’t know that Natalia Veselnitskaya was Russian — even though emails later released by Trump Jr. show that she had been described as a “Russian government attorney.”
Just in the past few weeks former White House aide Omarosa Manigault Newman has begun releasing humiliating secret recordings of Donald Trump, his advisers and his family in order to promote her new book.
Trump's campaign deputy Rick Gates testified against his former campaign chair Paul Manafort.
President’s longtime personal lawyer, Michael Cohen released an incriminating recording just to spite Trump. Now Cohen has just been informed he’ll likely be charged and arrested within two weeks, we’ll see if and when he cuts his inevitable plea deal against Trump.
And everyone is testifying before the grand jury against Roger Stone.
It’s really starting to look like US president Donald Trump will be remembered as having been taken down by his own handpicked, underhanded people.