Fox's sources also deny that Trump ever "ordered" McGahn to see Mueller fired; they say Trump simply directed McGahn to see what could be done about Mueller.
Trump also asked his former chief of staff, Reince Priebus, how his interview with the special counsel investigators had gone and whether they had been 'nice'. As the Times reports, McGahn "later had to remind" Trump he'd asked for Mueller's termination.
News that President Donald Trump has been talking with witnesses in special counsel Robert Mueller's probe about their testimonies is apparently not sitting well with chief of staff John Kelly. James Comey, who was then the FBI director, said Trump asked him for his loyalty and to end the investigation into his first national security adviser, Michael Flynn.
A witness cooperating with Mueller has told investigators the meeting was set up in advance so that a representative of the Trump transition could meet with an emissary from Moscow to discuss future relations between the countries, according to the people familiar with the matter, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive matters.
Trump's decision to ask witnesses about matters related to Mueller's inquiry adds yet another piece of evidence to the special counsel's growing arsenal in the obstruction case.
"Telling McGahn to lie to the public about [Trump's] order to fire Mueller is not a crime, but it shows that Trump was concerned about the truth coming out and/or that he had a guilty conscience", wrote former federal prosecutor Renato Mariotti.
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A source with knowledge of the investigation said the conversation was limited to questions like "how did it go?" and "were you treated fairly?"
The experts told the Times that, still, the discussions could boost any obstruction case on Russian Federation that Mueller might build against President Trump.
The White House did not respond to "several" requests for comment, the Times reported, while Priebus and McGahn declined to comment through their lawyer, William Burck.
The special counsel questioned witnesses recently about their interactions with the President since the investigation began.
He surmises that they were lying because there really was evidence "the Trump campaign colluded with hostile foreign power to defeat their political opponent".