The statement follows a Friday report made by The Wall Street Journal that former White House Counsel Don McGahn declined to state publicly — at the request of the US administration — that he did not believe the US president obstructed justice when Trump allegedly ordered McGahn to seek the dismissal of Mueller in June 2017.
I was NOT going to fire Bob Mueller, and did not fire Bob Mueller. In fact, he was allowed to finish his Report with unprecedented help from the Trump Administration. Actually, lawyer Don McGahn had a much better chance of being fired than Mueller. Never a big fan!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) 11 мая 2019 г.
According to the redacted Mueller report, cited by Politico, Trump instructed McGahn to inform Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein that Mueller must be fired. However, McGahn refused Trump’s subsequent request to refute press reports of the president’s directive, the Mueller report said, cited by Politico.
Don McGahn resigned as the White House's top lawyer last October. According to the US-based media reports, the Ex-White House Counsel was one of the key witnesses during Robert Mueller's investigation into the alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 US election.
The Judiciary Committee's subpoena demanded McGahn provide the Judiciary Committee with documents related to the investigation by 7 May and to testify before the committee on 21 May.
Russia has repeatedly denied any claims of interference in the US political system, saying the allegations were made up to excuse the election loss of Trump's opponent and deflect public attention from actual instances of election fraud and corruption.