Trump wanted ally to lead probe targeting him, says report

Trump wanted ally to lead probe targeting him, says report

Trump wanted ally to lead probe targeting him, says report

Trump's missive was likely referring to a Tuesday report by The Times citing several unidentified USA "officials" as saying that the president asked his handpicked acting attorney general, Matthew Whitaker, to put a political ally in charge of the criminal investigation into Michael Cohen.

"Under oath to the House Judiciary Committee, then-Acting Attorney General Whitaker stated that 'at no time has the White House asked for nor have I provided any promises or commitments concerning the special counsel's investigation or any other investigation, ' " said the spokeswoman, Kerri Kupec.

Trump had furiously tweeted that "stories are written that have no basis in fact" and that "writers don't even call asking for verification".

Finally, a criminal investigation into whether former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe made false statements during an internal probe into a news media disclosure remains open, his attorney said Thursday.

Trump has dismissed all allegations of the probe and labelled it a politically motivated witch hunt.

New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman on Wednesday bluntly called out President Donald Trump for lying about her reporting on his administration. "Just more fake news".

After Whitaker's refusal, Trump soured on Whitaker, according to the New York Times' reporting, which The Washington Post has not confirmed.

The President targeted Jeff Sessions with repeated attacks after the then-Attorney-General recused himself from Mr Mueller's investigation, before eventually firing him.

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"Mr Whitaker stands by his testimony".

For more than two years, the public has known of serious allegations that President Donald Trump's campaign coordinated with Russian Federation as it carried out an allegedly criminal operation to influence the 2016 American election.

"I was both stunned and surprised, but also very focused on kind of not reacting in that way".

Trump has been highly critical of numerous former and current intelligence officials he feels were working against him - including Clapper.

He suggested key officials involved in the Russian Federation probe were engaged in "treasonous" behaviour.

Later that evening, McCabe says Trump requested a one-on-one meeting with him at the White House, where he referred to Comey's dismissal as a "great thing" that "people in the Federal Bureau of Investigation were happy about".

The Cohen investigation, which has attempted to make Trump look like he participated in campaign finance crimes, is run by the U.S. Attorney's Office in Manhattan, which is also looking into possible corruption and money laundering by the president's inaugural committee.

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