White House counsel Don McGahn recused his entire office from participating in the White House response to Robert MuellerJames ComeyJames Brien ComeySessions defends firing Comey, warns DOJ report could prompt more terminations The Strzok-Page texts are enough to make us want less transparency in government – not more The Hill’s Morning Report – Ryan dodges disaster on immigration MORE .Robert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE ‘s investigation last summer amid concerns that his office had been involved in the firing of former FBI Director
Politico reports that President TrumpDonald John TrumpAvenatti: ‘I think that Michael Cohen is in a very, very bad spot’ MSNBC reporter: Detained immigrant children ‘effectively incarcerated’ in Texas facility GOP chairwoman: Anyone who doesn’t support Trump ‘will be making a mistake’ MORE ‘s former attorney Ty Cobb, who left Trump’s legal team earlier this year, told an audience at a panel discussion at George Mason University in Northern Virginia that McGahn had solved the issue simply by recusing his entire office.
Many of McGahn’s staff “had been significant participants” in Comey’s firing, Cobb said Wednesday.
“The White House made a decision to recuse his entire office,” he added.
McGahn reportedly angered the president earlier this year by not denying news reports claiming that he had been ordered to fire Mueller last year by the president, but had threatened to resign instead.
According to The New York Times, Trump confronted McGahn in his office in January, telling the attorney that he had not ordered him to fire the special counsel or impede the Russia investigation.
McGahn reportedly responded that the president was wrong, and that he had indeed made the order. Trump responded that he did not remember the conversation that way, according to the Times.
The White House lawyer interviewed with Mueller’s office in December as part of the special counsel’s investigation into the Trump campaign’s alleged ties to Russia surrounding the 2016 election.