Report: Trump Asked Whitaker to Appoint Ally Judge To Head SDNY Investigation On 2016 Hush Payments
President Trump’s tumultuous time in an office has been marked by nothing but a steady stream of scandals and investigations. So much so that the president himself was being investigated by the FBI as a possible tool of Russia. Lurking in the shadows, however, has been the SDNY (Southern District of New York) and their efforts in the investigation of hush payments made to silence women involved with President Trump.
The New York times reports that President Trump placed a call to then acting attorney general Matt Whitaker, asking him if Geoffrey S. Berman, the United States attorney for the Southern District of New York and a Trump ally, could be put in charge of the widening investigation, according to several American officials with direct knowledge of the call.
Although Whitaker disquieted many lawmakers after making many extraordinarily pro-Trump statements, the acting attorney general knew that Berman could not be put in charge since he had just recused himself anyway.
Whitaker is presently under Congressional scrutiny for possible perjury after telling House Democrats that he was never “put under any pressure” by the president to interfere in any ongoing investigations involving the president.
“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 Kerri Kupec, a Justice department spokeswoman attempting to clear Mr. Whitaker and maintain his testimony.
Notwithstanding, these latest findings certainly do present a vastly different picture than Mr. Whitaker presented in Congressional hearings
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