President Donald Trump on Friday denied knowing anything at all about Matt Whitaker, the man whom he’s controversially appointed to be his acting attorney general.
During his lengthy rant to reporters on Friday on the White House lawn, the president responded defensively to questions about why he appointed Whitaker to run the Department of Justice — and he even denied knowing the man he tapped to be the nation’s top law enforcement officer at all.
“I don’t know Matt Whitaker,” Trump claimed. “Matt Whitaker worked for Jeff Sessions. And he was always extremely highly thought of, and he still is. But I didn’t know Matt Whitaker.”
However, during an October 11th interview with “Fox & Friends,” the president literally said that he knew Matt Whitaker.
During the interview, Fox host Steve Doocy asked Trump if there was any truth to a Washington Post report claiming that the president was considering replacing then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions with Whitaker, who at the time was Sessions’ chief of staff.
Trump wouldn’t say one way or another whether he really intended to replace Sessions with Whitaker, but he was full of praise for the man who would go on to become his acting AG.
“I can tell you Matt Whitaker’s a great guy,” Trump said. “I mean, I know Matt Whitaker.”
Watch the video below of Trump below.
Bill de Blasio learned of federal investigation — and suspended his 2020 bid the next day: report
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" on Friday that he was ending his campaign for the Democratic Party presidential nomination.
There may have been more to the timing than previously reported.
"Federal election officials asked Mayor de Blasio for more information about his presidential campaign fundraising after he used a state political action committee to pay for expenses related to the bid – seemingly against the law," the New York Daily News reported Friday. "The Federal Election Commission demanded that de Blasio 2020 clarify a debt the campaign owed his NY Fairness PAC in a letter Thursday – the day before Hizzoner dropped out of the race."
White House Counsel busted working to keep whistleblower report from Congress: report
President Donald Trump's White House counsel has reportedly been personally involved in keeping Congress from reviewing a whistleblowing report involving Ukraine.
"The revelation that Trump pushed Zelensky to pursue the Biden probe, which was first reported by The Wall Street Journal, represents the most detailed account so far of the president’s conduct that prompted a U.S. intelligence official to file a whistleblower action against the president," The Washington Post reported Friday. "The disclosure comes amid new details about the White House’s role in preventing Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire from complying with Congressional demands for the material in the complaint."
Watch Ex-CIA official break down the ‘three crimes’ Trump committed if Ukraine scandal is true
President Donald Trump could be charged with committing three federal crimes if the whistleblower reports involving the White House seeking campaign interference from Ukraine are correct.
MSNBC "Deadline: White House" anchor Nicolle Wallace interviewed Jeremy Bash on Friday -- and worried about the safety of the whistleblower.
"The stakes could not be any higher, the risk to his career -- or her career -- and reputation and perhaps legal standing could not be any higher for this whistleblower. That's why we’re glad to be joined by national security analyst, former chief of staff of the CIA and Department of Defense, someone I wanted to talk to about this story all week, Jeremy Bash," Wallace said.