McGahn's lawyer pushes back after Giuliani knocks his credibility

An attorney for former White House counsel Don McGahn is pushing back after President Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani went after McGahn's credibility following the release of special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerKamala Harris says her Justice Dept would have 'no choice' but to prosecute Trump for obstruction Kamala Harris says her Justice Dept would have 'no choice' but to prosecute Trump for obstruction Dem committees win new powers to investigate Trump MORE’s report.

McGahn's lawyer responded after Giuliani gave interviews to The New York Times and The Washington Post in which he went after McGahn's account of various instances of potential obstruction of justice detailed in the special counsel report.

“It’s a mystery why Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiPelosi hasn't returned calls to Facebook's Zuckerberg after edited video controversy: report Pelosi hasn't returned calls to Facebook's Zuckerberg after edited video controversy: report Giuliani evokes Joseph McCarthy in criticism of Pelosi MORE feels the need to re-litigate incidents the Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General have concluded were not obstruction. But they are accurately described in the report,” McGahn's attorney William Burck said in a statement to The Hill.

“Don, nonetheless, appreciates that the President gave him the opportunity to serve as White House Counsel and assist him with his signature accomplishments,” he added.

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Attorney General William BarrWilliam Pelham BarrTrump's Justice Department should change its tune on antitrust policy Schiff blasts DOJ over memo on withholding Trump tax returns Trump remarks deepen distrust with intelligence community MORE released Mueller’s report on Thursday, revealing that the special counsel found no evidence of coordination between Trump campaign officials and Russia in 2016. Mueller also stated that his report neither implicated nor exonerated Trump on the question of obstruction of justice, though Barr has declined to pursue such a case based on the probe's findings.

McGahn was featured prominently in Mueller’s conclusions after sitting down for several hours' worth of interviews with the special counsel.

The report said that McGahn refused repeated requests from Trump during the probe to deny that the president had asked McGahn to fire Mueller.

“If McGahn thought any of those things were crimes, why did he stay there?” Giuliani asked Friday during an interview with The Washington Post. “They’re trying to make it out as if there’s something illegal about what happened with McGahn. The guy is a very good lawyer.”

“If he believed that there was something illegal, he wouldn’t have stayed in his job,” he added.

Giuliani also went after McGahn's account to Mueller in an interview with The New York Times.

“It can’t be taken at face value,” Giuliani told the newspaper. “It could be the product of an inaccurate recollection or could be the product of something else.”

Reports initially emerged last year that the president had ordered McGahn to remove Mueller and that McGahn threatened to resign rather than carry out the directives.

“Each time he was approached, McGahn responded that he would not refute the press accounts because they were accurate in reporting on the President’s efforts to have the Special Counsel removed,” Mueller wrote in his report.

McGahn served as White House counsel starting at the beginning of Trump's presidency in early 2017 until last fall, when he left the administration following the successful confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Brett KavanaughBrett Michael KavanaughTrump throws support behind 'no brainer' measure to ban burning of American flag Trump throws support behind 'no brainer' measure to ban burning of American flag Disclosure forms offer glimpse into Supreme Court's finances MORE.