Trump Asked Whitaker to Put Ally in Charge of Cohen Case

Trump Asked Whitaker to Put Ally in Charge of Cohen Case

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U.S. President Donald Trump has denied a report from The New York Times that he tried to get former acting attorney general Matthew G. Whitaker to put one of his allies in charge of an investigation into lawyer Michael Cohen.

On MSNBC today, Nicolle Wallace credited Fox News' Shepard Smith and Judge Andrew Napolitano for their "damning" analysis of the latest big New York Times report. This angered Trump and caused him to "sour" on Whitaker as an acting attorney general, the Times reports.

Cohen was sentenced to three years' imprisonment in December for crimes committed as Trump's attorney. "That's more fake news". He cited Whitaker's response to questioning about whether he'd been asked to make changes to the U.S. Attorney's Office in NY among the examples in which he said the committee had information that contradicted Whitaker's testimony. Charges included campaign finance violations for hush money payments made to two women who say they had affairs with Trump.

He continued to talk about the abundance of fake news circulating and waxed lyrical about Whitaker's person, saying that he is owed "a lot of thanks by our nation".

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If true, however, the incident could prove harmful to Whitaker, who testified before the House judiciary committee about Trump earlier this month. Whitaker told Congress that the president had never interfered with any investigations.

Berman had previously recused himself from the probe, which is being conducted by the Southern District, and Whitaker, who stepped down last week after Attorney General William Barr's confirmation, knew Berman could not reverse his recusal, according to the Times.

The White House and the Justice Department declined to comment on the story to the Times.

Trump announced Whitaker's appointment to acting attorney general on November 7 of past year, when Sessions' forced resignation was revealed.

Acting U.S. Attorney General Matthew Whitaker testifies before a House Judiciary Committee hearing on oversight of the Justice Department on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., February 8, 2019.

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