President Trump denies report he meddled in hush money probe

Posted at 12:43 PM, Feb 20, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-20 14:43:23-05

WASHINGTON (NBC News) – President Trump is denying a report that he tried to put an ally in charge of the justice department’s case against his long-time attorney, Michael Cohen.

According to the New York Times, the president called up then Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker and asked to put U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman in charge of the investigation into hush money payments Cohen made to women for Mr. Trump.

The Times reports Whitaker said Berman had already been recused from the case.

Legal experts say if the president did make that call, it could be considered obstruction of justice.

Earlier this month, Whitaker told Congress that the president never pressured him to influence any case.

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