A Times reporter heard Trump’s top lawyer, Ty Cobb, complaining at a Washington steakhouse about his quarrels with White House counsel Donald McGahn over how to deal with Mueller’s requests in the Justice Department’s investigation.
Cobb said at the restaurant that he thought one lawyer was a “McGahn spy” and McGahn was hiding documents from him that he wanted to see. Cobb also blamed a colleague for “earlier leaks” that he thought “tried to push” out Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner, the Times reported.
McGahn privately yelled at Cobb for speaking publicly about the investigation after the Times talked to the the White House, according to the newspaper. Chief of staff John Kelly also reportedly scolded Cobb.Cobb is allegedly trying to get the Trump administration to be open with Mueller in his probe into Russian meddling in the presidential election, while McGahn is going for a more restrained approach that could let Trump later use executive privilege.
McGahn hired a lawyer last week as a part of Mueller’s investigation and is probably going to be questioned about Trump’s choice to fire former FBI Director James Comey and how White House advisers wrote a statement about Donald Trump Jr.’s meeting with a Russian lawyer in the midst of the presidential race.