The allegation appeared Tuesday in a New York Times article that said Trump called Matthew Whitaker to see if he would put the probe in the hands of Geoffrey Berman, U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York. 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!"
The one-time FBI chief has disputed the findings as "absolutely ridiculous", claiming he was wrongfully targeted over the Russian Federation probe as part of Trump's "war" on the bureau. While some of the information has been made public before, its narrative account gives new life to both familiar and previously unknown facts that may one day provide the basis for an obstruction of justice charge against the president.
Previous US presidents "had complaints about their coverage and at times took advantage of the freedom every American has to criticize journalists", Sulzberger said.
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.
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The former Intelligence Director, who worked under Barack Obama, said there are concerns within the intelligence community about Trump's relationship with Putin. The newspaper claims Mr Trump chose to say he had asked Flynn to resign because it "sounds better".
A Justice Department spokeswoman said Mr. Whitaker "stands by his testimony". But the evidence so far shows that a broad range of Trump associates had Russia-related contacts during the 2016 presidential campaign and transition period, and several lied about the communication.
Mr Trump said Mr McCabe and Mr Rosenstein "look like they were planning a very illegal act and got caught".
Napolitano also argued that Whitaker himself could be in trouble because he testified to Congress that Trump had never pressured him to squash any of the various investigations into him.
Trump has fumed to advisers about a search by federal prosecutors of his lawyer and former fixer Michael Cohen's office and residences in April 2018, and those close to Trump have feared the investigation into Cohen could extend deeper into Trump's business.