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

President TrumpDonald John TrumpWinners and losers from the South Carolina debate Five takeaways from the Democratic debate Democrats duke it out in most negative debate so far MORE reportedly chastised former White House counsel Don McGahn at their final meeting over the appointment of special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerCNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump CNN anchor rips Trump over Stone while evoking Clinton-Lynch tarmac meeting The Hill's 12:30 Report: New Hampshire fallout 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 Kavanaugh70 former senators propose bipartisan caucus for incumbents Justices bar Mexican parents from suing over fatal cross-border shooting of teen Supreme Court upholds death sentence for Arizona man 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 ComeyBill Barr is trying his best to be Trump's Roy Cohn Comey responds to Trump with Mariah Carey gif: 'Why are you so obsessed with me?' Trump punts on Stone pardon decision after sentencing MORE and Trump's criticism of Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsGOP casts Sanders as 2020 boogeyman President Trump's assault on checks and balances: Five acts in four weeks On the Trail: Senate GOP hopefuls tie themselves to Trump 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 ManafortPresident Trump's assault on checks and balances: Five acts in four weeks Free Roger Stone Trump tweets test Attorney General Barr MORE, Michael Flynn, Richard Gates and George PapadopoulosGeorge Demetrios PapadopoulosFree Roger Stone A tale of two lies: Stone, McCabe and the danger of a double standard for justice California Democrat Christy Smith launches first TV ad in bid for Katie Hill's former House seat MORE and has filed charges against several Russians.