Trump complained about Mueller investigation in final meeting with McGahn: report

President TrumpDonald John TrumpTed Cruz knocks New York Times for 'stunning' correction on Kavanaugh report US service member killed in Afghanistan Pro-Trump website edited British reality star's picture to show him wearing Trump hat MORE reportedly chastised former White House counsel Don McGahn at their final meeting over the appointment of special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerFox's Cavuto roasts Trump over criticism of network Mueller report fades from political conversation Trump calls for probe of Obama book deal MORE during his tenure.

CNN reported Wednesday that Trump complained to McGahn during a face-to-face meeting earlier this month that the Mueller investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election has cast a cloud over his presidency.

While the president spent much of the final meeting with McGahn complaining about the Mueller investigation, CNN reported, he also praised the former White House counsel for how he handled other duties.


McGahn officially left his post on Oct. 17. His departure was expected, as Trump tweeted that McGahn would leave at the conclusion of Supreme Court Justice Brett KavanaughBrett Michael KavanaughTed Cruz knocks New York Times for 'stunning' correction on Kavanaugh report Kavanaugh remains guilty until proven innocent, according to Democrats The Hill's 12:30 Report: NY Times story sparks new firestorm over Kavanaugh MORE's nomination process.

Attorney Emmet Flood is serving as White House counsel in a temporary role until full-time replacement Pat Cipollone takes over the job. The White House has not provided a timeline for when when Cipollone might start.

Trump's August announcement that McGahn would leave came less than two weeks after a New York Times report detailed that the then-White House counsel sat for more than 30 hours worth of interviews with Mueller's team to discuss the president's firing of ex-FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyHouse Democrats seeking Sessions's testimony in impeachment probe Justice OIG completes probe on FBI surveillance of ex-Trump campaign aide Aggrieved Trump rips Dems for 'sad' impeachment effort MORE and Trump's criticism of Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsHouse Democrats seeking Sessions's testimony in impeachment probe McCabe's counsel presses US attorney on whether grand jury decided not to indict US attorney recommends moving forward with charges against McCabe after DOJ rejects his appeal MORE.

The president later claimed he "allowed" McGahn to speak with Mueller's investigators.

Trump has repeatedly railed against the Mueller investigation, decrying it as a "witch hunt" and alleging that the special counsel's team is biased against him.

Mueller has thus far obtained guilty pleas from former Trump associated Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortDemocrats return to a battered Trump Manafort's legal team argues NY prosecution constitutes double jeopardy Clip surfaces of Paul Manafort and wife on Nickelodeon game show MORE, Michael Flynn, Richard Gates and George PapadopoulosGeorge Demetrios PapadopoulosUS attorney recommends moving forward with charges against McCabe after DOJ rejects his appeal 10 declassified Russia collusion revelations that could rock Washington this fall Flynn, Papadopoulos to speak at event preparing 'social media warriors' for 'digital civil war' MORE and has filed charges against several Russians.