"We did not perceive it as any kind of threat or something sinister", Burck said.
Mueller had left out McGhan's belief the president hadn't obstructed justice, and Trump's lawyers wanted him to say so.
As Trump's attorneys prepared for the public release of Mueller's report last month, the White House sought for McGahn to issue a statement making public what he told Mueller's team, according to people familiar with the discussions. They might additionally hope that Mueller, who has shown signs of displeasure with Barr's handling of his report, might offer them additional ammunition in their ongoing war against the attorney general. The revelations came as the Democrats on Friday increased their pressure on the White House on other fronts.
"We as a collective community just get the sense that this was a whitewash", said Bill Nettles, who was USA attorney for SC for six years under former President Barack Obama.More news: Pompeo to meet Putin in Russian Federation next week: US State Department
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House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler requested a number of documents from the White House on March 4 and sent letters seeking information from people and organizations close to Trump. "Democrats are demanding documents they know they have no legal right to see - including confidential communications between the President and foreign leaders and grand jury information that can not be disclosed under the law".
Days after Trump asserted executive privilege over the Mueller report, both Schiff and Paul were asked to defend past comments on former President Barack Obama's use of executive privilege.
"I saw Richard Burr saying there was no collusion two or three weeks ago", Trump said at a White House event.
Don McGahn leaves the White House on August 30, 2018. "They asked McGahn to lie because they know there's overwhelming evidence of obstruction". McGahn prepared to resign at one point rather than carry out Trump's instructions. Trump said he never said the word "fire", which McGahn agreed was true, but McGahn said he strongly believed the president's intentions and actions indicated he wanted Mueller removed. A source familiar with the matter told CBS News that White House lawyer Emmet Flood made the request, which McGahn did not comply with.