Whitaker Denies Trump Lashed Out At Him About DOJ Probe

WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 08: Acting U.S. Attorney General Matthew Whitaker testifies before the House Judiciary Committee in the Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill February 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. Fol... WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 08: Acting U.S. Attorney General Matthew Whitaker testifies before the House Judiciary Committee in the Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill February 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. Following a subpoena fight between committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) and the Justice Department, Whitaker was questioned about his oversight of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) MORE LESS
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February 8, 2019 1:52 p.m.

Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker denied reports that President Trump lashed out at him about the Michael Cohen case, in which the Trump was alluded to as “individual 1.”

Whitaker at first attempted to dodge answering the question directly, pointing instead to Trump’s tweet denying the report.

With more pressing from Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI), Whitaker denied that the President lashed out at him about Cohen’s guilty plea, denied that anyone lashed out at him on Trump’s behalf, and denied that anyone from the White House reached out to him to express dissatisfaction with the case.

CNN reported in December, based on multiple unnamed sources, that Trump vented to Whitaker over the court documents filed by federal prosecutors in Manhattan in the case, which described actions taken by the President (though did not explicitly name Trump). The President expressed his displeasure at least twice, according to CNN, with the first episode occurring in November after Cohen’s guilty plea to lying to Congress about the Trump Tower Moscow project.

Whitaker called the report “unsubstantiated.”

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