Trump Denies Pressuring Whitaker To Change Attorney In Michael Cohen Case: ‘More Fake News!’

Trump Denies Pressuring Whitaker To Change Attorney In Michael Cohen Case: ‘More Fake News!’

Following a bombshell report by the New York Times that President Trump tried to pressure then-Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker to appoint a recused Southern District attorney Geoffrey Berman to take over the Michael Cohen case, Trump told reporters that the story was “fake news.”

Per the NYT report, shortly after installing Whitaker as the acting attorney general, the president called Whitaker and pressured him to have Berman “unrecuse” himself in the case. Currently, the investigation into Trump’s former attorney and fixer is overseen by Robert Khuzami. The Times reports that Trump then soured on Whitaker when he didn’t execute the command, resulting in Trump nominating William Barr for attorney general.

Asked by a reporter Tuesday afternoon if he asked Whitaker to change leadership in the investigation, Trump immediately issued a denial.

“No, not at all,” he exclaimed. “I don’t know who gave you that. Just more fake news. A lot of — there’s a lot of fake news out there. No, I didn’t.”

When further asked about his relationship with Whitaker, Trump said he’s “done a great job” and the nation owes him a “lot of thanks.”

Watch the clip above, via MSNBC.

Justin Baragona

Justin Baragona is the founder/publisher of Contemptor and a contributor to The Daily Beast. He was previously the Cable News Correspondent for Mediaite and prior to starting Contemptor, he worked on the editorial staff of PoliticusUSA. During that time, he had his work quoted by USA Today and BBC News, among others. Justin began his published career as a political writer for 411Mania. He resides in St. Louis, MO with his wife and pets.