UPDATED 9:09 AM PT — Friday, June 14, 2019
President Trump is dismissing Don McGahn’s interview with Robert Mueller as evidence of obstruction during the Russia probe. In the ABC interview this week, the president said the former White House counsel’s testimony “doesn’t matter” since it was falsified.
Previously, McGahn stated under oath the president continuously told him to have special counsel Robert Mueller removed due to perceived conflicts of interest and asked to create documents backing up that claim.
However, President Trump vehemently denied doing this. He said he was never going to fire Mueller, and never suggested doing so. The president then gave possible explanations as to why McGahn would possibly lie.
“Because he wanted to make himself look like a good lawyer, or he believed it because I would constantly tell anybody that would listen — including you, including the media — that Robert Mueller was conflicted,” he stated.
The president went on to say he decided to opt out of an interview with Mueller’s investigators after realizing they were “looking to get him” and his staff for “lies or slight misstatements.”