President Donald Trump on Tuesday denied a report that he had enquired about whether a U.S. attorney could un-recuse himself in a case against former Trump attorney Michael Cohen.
During a Oval Office ceremony for the Space Force, Trump was asked about a a story in The New York Times, which reported that the president had asked then-acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker if U.S. Attorney for the Southern District Geoffrey S. Berman could reverse his own recusal in the Cohen case.
“No, I don’t know who gave you that,” the president replied, dismissing the claim, according to a pool report.
Trump, asked about NYT report that he asked Whitaker if Geoff Berman could un-recuse himself on the Cohen investigation: “No, I don’t know who gave you that."
— Rebecca Ballhaus (@rebeccaballhaus) February 19, 2019
FROM PRINT POOL:
POTUS On whether he asked Whitaker about a recusal matter in SDNY re: Cohen case:
“No, I don’t know who gave you that”
— Shimon Prokupecz (@ShimonPro) February 19, 2019
Trump says he watched Whitaker's congressional testimony, which was "exceptional." During it, Whitaker said, "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."