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US President Donald Trump pressed his criticism of special counsel Robert Mueller on Monday, accusing Mueller's team of "enjoying ruining people's lives" and "looking to impact the election".

Trump's lawyer, former NY mayor Rudy Giuliani, said he had not debriefed McGahn on his testimony but that the former head of the president's legal team, John Dowd, had told him the White House counsel was "a strong witness for the president".

Trump knocked one Democrat in particular - Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

White House counsel Donald McGahn, left, listens as President Donald Trump speaks during a cabinet meeting in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington on Thursday.

The president's personal lawyers have also "never been given a full accounting" of what McGahn told Mueller, Schmidt said.

Through their conversations, Davis said, he and Dean noticed strong parallels between Dean's experience as the Watergate scandal came to a head in 1974 and Cohen's pivot from having unfailing loyalty to Trump - once boasting he would "take a bullet" for him - to looking out for himself.

"The fact is, people respect law and order and they love our law enforcement and I think we're gonna have much more of a red wave than what you're going to see as a phony blue wave", Trump said.

Before the president arrived, the White House held a panel discussion on immigration with several state and local officials, who pointed to the role that a secure border plays in the fight against terrorism and drug trafficking and questioned calls to abolish ICE.

"It's bad legal advice, bad lawyering, and this is a result of it", Christie added. McGahn gave a mix of damaging and favourable information about the president, but he said Trump did not go beyond his legal authorities as president.

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Steve Bannon, the former White House chief strategist, who had argued last summer against cooperating with Mueller, said, "This was a reckless and dangerously naive strategy, and I've vocally said that since the time I left the White House, and I've said it to the president". "Sometimes further inquiry can reveal the truth other times it doesn't".

Moreover, two of the things that Mueller's team apparently focused on in the McGahn's interviews were, essentially, non-actions.

BRIDGEWATER, N.J. President Donald Trump insisted today that his White House counsel isn't a "RAT" like the Watergate-era White House attorney who turned on Richard Nixon, and he blasted the ongoing Russian Federation investigation as "McCarthyism".

Though the White House did not identify a specific impetus for the event, debate over the necessity of ICE has grown sharper in the wake of reports of officers' mishandling and abuse of immigrants in USA custody.

The president's latest outburst against the Mueller probe comes amid a separate uproar over the president's use of security clearances to punish his critics, which also has evoked comparisons to McCarthyism.

Dean tweeted that he believed "Trump had no clue about the testimony".

"It's somebody's version of the truth, not the truth", he said, telling NBC: "Truth isn't truth".

"Truth is truth", the show's host, Chuck Todd, answered.