Saturday, 23 March, 2019

Matt Whitaker raised concerns that prosecutors overreached with Michael Cohen while AG

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Nadler also said Whitaker told the lawmakers that he was involved in conversations about U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman's recusal from the Cohen investigation in the Southern District of NY and about whether its campaign finance case involving hush money payments to two women who claim they had affairs with Trump had gone too far.

"I have not talked to the president of the United States about the special counsel's investigation", Whitaker responded, leaving open the question of whether he had spoken to Trump about Cohen's case, which was brought by the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of NY, not special counsel Robert Mueller.

The New York Times reported last month that Trump had also asked Whitaker whether he could put Berman back in charge of the Cohen case after he had recused.

An attorney for Michael Cohen on Tuesday attempted to clarify the former Trump lawyer's congressional testimony regarding whether he sought a presidential pardon, maintaining that his client never "personally" requested one. There's a lot of fake news out there. But the dispute could have high stakes, as Democrats have voiced concerns that Whitaker was a Trump loyalist whose appointment, they suspect, was aimed at suppressing investigations of the Republican president. And Rep. Doug Collins, the top Republican on the committee, said Nadler's description was an "inaccurate interpretation" of what Whitaker said.

"That was taken in the context of his job as the acting attorney general where there is discussions in the normal personnel issues".

In his public hearing, Whitaker denied that Trump had lashed out at him, and he would not say anything about his conversations with Trump about Cohen or the Southern District of NY. According to Collins, Whitaker said that he "did not talk with the president about Mr. Cohen at all", CNN reported.

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After Wednesday's meeting, Nadler said that 'unlike in the hearing room, Mr. Whitaker did not deny that the president called him to discuss the Michael Cohen case'.

The aides said that Whitaker denied interfering in the case or speaking with Southern District prosecutors, saying that he merely discussed his concerns with his own staff.

The meeting Wednesday with Whitaker was private. Trump has denied those claims.

News reports said Trump did lash out at Whitaker, but Whitaker said in the hearing that he did not.

Cohen pleaded guilty past year to circumventing campaign finance laws when he paid pornographic actress Stormy Daniels $130,000 in hush money before the 2016 election so that the story wouldn't derail Trump's campaign.

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