Among the claims in the Times' latest bombshell was one in which the president had directed his former acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker to install a Trump loyalist to take charge of an investigation by the Southern District of NY into hush money payments Trump had made to women during the 2016 presidential campaign.
The New York Times report said that Whitaker knew Berman could not unrecuse himself, which allegedly caused the president to grow frustrated that Whitaker could not control the New York probe.
His comments follow claims by former acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe who suggested Trump is more respectful to Putin's council over his own intelligence agencies. "There is a lot of fake news out there".
Fox News contributor Andrew McCarthy said Wednesday that a report claiming President Trump asked if a us attorney could lead the probe into Michael Cohen despite his recusal is "all wind and no rain".
According to reports, Berman is a known Trump ally and has recused himself from the Southern District's investigation.
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He said that he is not convinced that the president isn't under the influence of Russian Federation since the inquiry began.
In a statement from the Justice Department, a spokesperson said, "the White House has not asked Whitaker to interfere in any investigations". If it doesn't, if it basically says, hey, we would have indicted Donald Trump for these offenses, but for the fact that there's a policy memo saying we can't, then I think Congress has to really look at these issues and decide what to do with whatever offenses the Robert Mueller investigation reveals.
Clapper said he doubted that Trump was actively "a recruited asset who is responding to the direction of a case officer" which he defined would be the situation if he was a witting asset.
Trump's former attorney, Michael Cohen, eventually pleaded guilty to campaign finance law violations that related to his paying one woman and helping orchestrate a payment to another in exchange for their silence in the weeks before the 2016 election.