Last year, President Trump reportedly asked Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker if he could get Southern District of New York attorney Geoffrey Berman put in charge of the district's investigation into former attorney Michael Cohen. Berman had recused himself from the investigation. This probe is what led to charges against Cohen, and after Whitaker declined to appoint an ally to lead the investigation, Trump reportedly "soured on" him and "complained about his inability to pull levers at the Justice Department that could make the president's many legal problems go away," The New York Times writes. Asked on Tuesday about whether he made the request of Whitaker, Trump said, "No, not at all."
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