While in the Oval Office Tuesday, the president denied having made the request to Whitaker to put USA attorney Geoffrey Berman in charge of the Michael Cohen hush money payments case in the Southern District of NY.
Former acting FBI director Andrew McCabe says mounting evidence that U.S. President Donald Trump was in collusion with Russian Federation led him to open an obstruction of justice and counterintelligence investigation.
Al Jazeera's Patty Culhane has the latest from Washington. And for much of that time, Trump himself had unrelentingly attacked those raising questions about the matter and any investigators who dare probe the issue. However, labeling an entire news organization as an enemy of the people is unsafe.
New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman, who co-authored the Tuesday article, dismissed the claim during an interview with CNN's "New Day", however, noting how she'd sent several emails to the White House about the planned story "that went unanswered until yesterday".
In addition to claiming Rosenstein broached the 25th Amendment, which allows a president's Cabinet to remove him from office, McCabe alleges that the deputy attorney general suggested he could wear a wire into the White House and secretly record Trump. Sen. But nine days later, Trump broke the agreement to keep the meeting private when he tweeted about the conversation and said the two men discussed "the vast amounts of Fake News being put out by the media & how that Fake News has morphed into phrase, 'Enemy of the People.' Sad!" He cited Whitaker's response to questioning about whether he'd been asked to make changes to the U.S. Attorney's Office in NY among the examples in which he said the committee had information that contradicted Whitaker's testimony. Sulzberger is hitting back at President Donald Trump for attacking the paper as the "enemy of the people".
His testimony to the House Oversight Committee was delayed when Cohen alleged Mr Trump and Mr Giuliani were making public threats against him and his family. They say Trump directed his personal lawyer Michael Cohen to make illegal hush-money payments to two women as a way to quash potential sex scandals during the campaign.
That investigation resulted in Cohen pleading guilty to bank fraud, tax fraud and campaign finance violations.
He also regularly emphasised, "we wouldn't even be talking about this subject" if Jeff Sessions, the former Attorney General, had not recused himself from any investigation into the campaign.