Former White House counsel Don McGahn reportedly rebuffed a request from the White House last month to affirm publicly that the president did not obstruct justice.
The New York Times and Wall Street Journal reported Friday that McGahn was asked within days of the release last month of special counsel’s Robert Mueller’s report to declare that the president had not taken steps to impede or obstruct the federal Russia probe.
But McGahn rebuffed those efforts, multiple sources told the Journal, saying the former counsel declined because he did not want to weigh in on the totality of the evidence uncovered by Mueller’s probe beyond the testimony he had already given to the special counsel.
“We did not perceive it as any kind of threat or something sinister. It was a request, professionally and cordially made,” McGahn’s lawyer, William Burck, told the Journal in a statement.
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