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

President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden says GOP senators have called to congratulate him Biden: Trump attending inauguration is 'of consequence' to the country Biden says family will avoid business conflicts MORE reportedly chastised former White House counsel Don McGahn at their final meeting over the appointment of special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerBarr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel CNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump CNN anchor rips Trump over Stone while evoking Clinton-Lynch tarmac meeting 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 KavanaughSupreme Court sees new requests for religious COVID-19 carve-outs For Thanksgiving, the Supreme Court upholds religious liberty COVID-19: Justice Alito overstepped judicial boundaries 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 ComeyThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Mastercard - Dem leaders back smaller COVID-19 relief bill as pandemic escalates Trump blasts special counsel Durham for moving too slowly Biden plans to keep Wray as FBI director: report MORE and Trump's criticism of Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsTime to bring federal employees home for every holiday Alabama zeroes in on Richard Shelby's future Tuberville incorrectly says Gore was president-elect in 2000 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 ManafortRepublican senators urge Trump to dodge pardon controversies For the Trump-haters, everything is a crime 3 take-aways from the Michael Flynn pardon MORE, Michael Flynn, Richard Gates and George PapadopoulosGeorge Demetrios PapadopoulosFlynn spurs questions of who Trump might pardon next Not treason, not a crime — but definitely a gross abuse of power Tale of two FBI cases: Clinton got warned, Trump got investigated MORE and has filed charges against several Russians.