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New York Times journalist reveals White House still doesn’t understand McGahn’s cooperation with Mueller

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Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Michael Schmidt joined his New York Times colleague Michael Barbaro for Monday’s episode of the newspaper’s “The Daily” podcast.

On Saturday, The Times published Schmidt’s bombshell report with Maggie Haberman that White House counsel Don McGahn has spent the last nine months cooperating with special counsel Robert Mueller, after concluding that President Donald Trump was setting up his own attorney to be the fall guy.

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“The White House knows that he’s going in, but they don’t know what he’s going to say,” Schmidt reported. “And afterwards, they never got a full briefing on everything he talked about.”

“So they have been in the dark on this, until we reveal some of the things that he talked about,” he explained.

“So the president is largely in the dark about what the White House counsel is telling the special counsel?” Barbaro asked.

“I still don’t think they appreciate the extent to which McGahn is cooperating,” Schmidt replied. “We don’t know everything McGahn did, but it’s more than they think.”

“So even after your reporting this weekend, you’re saying the White House still doesn’t understand the scope of what McGahn has told Mueller?” Barbaro asked.

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“Correct,” he replied.

Listen (beginning at 12:30 mark):

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Trump made a ‘huge mistake’ talking to reporters about impeachment: Mueller prosecutor Andrew Weissmann

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One of former special counsel Robert Mueller's top prosecutors explained on MSNBC how President Donald Trump made a "huge mistake" on Wednesday.

Andrew Weissmann, who is now an MSNBC legal analyst, was interviewed by Chuck Todd on "Meet the Press Daily."

The former federal prosecutor says Trump committed a blunder by denying a call with a Gordon Sondland staffer.

"Why is that?" Todd asked.

"Because he now can’t rebut it," Weissman replied.

"He has now said I don’t remember that phone call. So you’re going to have Sondland testifying to it. You’re going to have a staffer testifying to it," he explained. "If [Trump] doesn’t like their testimony, he’s going to have to say, 'Oh, now I remember that I didn’t say that.'"

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Republicans want Americans to believe Trump cared deeply — about something he never mentioned

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One of the main points made by Republicans during the House hearings on the impeachment claimed that President Donald Trump cared so deeply about corruption in Ukraine that he was holding back the funding. It wasn't bribery because it was all about legitimate foreign policy, according to Trump and the Republicans in Congress.

Their greatest problem is that Trump has never held back speaking out about something he cared for. As the Washington Post noted, the argument doesn't stand up.

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‘He can’t understand why what he did is wrong’: George Conway says Trump is incapable of being president

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Prominent Republican attorney George Conway ripped President Donald Trump on MSNBC on Wednesday.

Conway, the husband of White House counselor Kellyanne Conway, spent his day with MSNBC to provide live analysis on the first day of televised impeachment hearings.

"It’s also striking, George, that every defense falls apart almost before the end of a single news cycle," anchor Nicolle Wallace reported. "Everything that people have said in an effort to defend him has collapsed under the weight of the president’s conduct."

"What we just heard the president say is delusional," Conway replied. "And it’s debilitating."

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