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Trump: Did not ask Whitaker to change Cohen probe leadership

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Trump: Did not ask Whitaker to change Cohen probe leadership

Trump: Did not ask Whitaker to change Cohen probe leadership

U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday said reports that he asked then-Acting U.S. Attorney General Matthew Whitaker to change the leadership probing Trump's former attorney Michael Cohen following his guilty plea are "fake news." Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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Trump: Did not ask Whitaker to change Cohen probe leadership

ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday said reports that he asked then-Acting U.S. Attorney General Matthew Whitaker to change leadership probing Trump's former attorney Michael Cohen following his guilty plea are "fake news." Prior to joining the Justice Department, Whitaker openly criticized Special Counsel Robert Mueller's probe into whether Trump's campaign colluded with Russia during the 2016 elections and declined to recuse himself from overseeing the probe despite receiving contrary advice by career ethics lawyers.

In a combative hearing last week, Whitaker testified he had not talked to Trump about the probe and had not interfered with it in any way.

He also denied prior media reports that claimed that Trump had lashed out at Whitaker after he learned that his former lawyer and personal fixer Michael Cohen was pleading guilty to lying to Congress about a proposed Trump Tower in Moscow.



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