President Trump on Monday called a recent report about him “lashing out” at acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker “fake news.”
“I never ‘lashed out’ at the Acting Attorney General of the U.S., a man for whom I have great respect,” Trump tweeted. “This is a made up story, one of many, by the Fake News Media!”
The tweet comes after CNN reported that Trump had expressed his anger at Whitaker over developments in the case against the president’s former lawyer and fixer, Michael Cohen.
According to the report, “Trump was frustrated, the sources said, that prosecutors Matt Whitaker oversees filed charges that made Trump look bad. None of the sources suggested that the President directed Whitaker to stop the investigation, but rather lashed out at what he felt was an unfair situation.”
CNN claims there were two such confrontations—one after Cohen pleaded guilty and another after prosecutors suggested that Trump himself was complicit in campaign finance violations by agreeing to pay for the silence of his alleged mistresses during the 2016 election.
Cohen was sentenced to three years in prison for charges that “included arranging hush-money payments to two women who said they had affairs with Mr. Trump, tax evasion, making a false statement to a bank and lying to Congress,” reports the New York Times.