Trump Reportedly Lashed Out At Whitaker After Prosecutors Filed Charges That Make Him Look Bad
President Donald Trump has reportedly lashed out at acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker at least twice in the past few weeks for letting federal prosecutors file charges that make him bad.
Trump was angry about federal prosecutors who referenced his actions in crimes that Michael Cohen, the president’s former attorney and fixer, pleaded guilty to, according to a CNN report.
Cohen pleaded guilty to eight federal crimes, including tax fraud, bank fraud and campaign finance violations.
One incident involved Trump venting his anger at Whitaker after Cohen pleaded guilty to lying to Congress about a proposed Trump Tower project in Moscow.
On another occasion, Trump reportedly lashed out at Whitaker after New York prosecutors said Michael Cohen acted at Trump’s direction when he committed two election-related crimes during the 2016 presidential campaign.
Trump has repeatedly maintained his innocence regarding the hush-money scheme to various women during his 2016 campaign. Trump has continued to argue that the money involved was not part of any type of illegal campaign contributions.
Trump reportedly took Whitaker to task on why he wasn’t doing more to control the prosecutors in New York, who he suggested have been going rogue.
The alleged discussions between Trump and Whitaker “underscore the extent to which the President firmly believes the attorney general of the United States should serve as his personal protector,” according to CNN.
Whitaker, Trump’s nominee to replace former attorney general Jeff Sessions, recently criticized special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russia’s meddling in the 2016 presidential election.
Despite his criticism of the Mueller probe, Whitaker ignored the advice of a Justice Department ethics official to recuse himself from overseeing the investigation.
“It seems very clear that the only reason that Matt Whitaker was ever appointed to this role was specifically to oversee the Mueller investigation,” Mueller biographer Garrett Graff said in a CNN interview.