Judge Nap: New Report Could Show Evidence of 'Corrupt Intent' by Trump in Cohen Probe
NYT: Trump asked Whitaker to tap new prosecutor.
Judge Andrew Napolitano reacted to a New York Times report alleging that President Trump called then-Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker and asked him to install a new prosecutor on the Michael Cohen case.
The report said Trump asked Whitaker to put Geoff Berman, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, in charge of the case involving himself, Michael Cohen and National Enquirer chief David Pecker.
Napolitano said if such a phone call took place, it would amount to evidence of "corrupt intent" by the president to try to hinder the investigation. No such action was taken by Whitaker.
The report cites several officials with direct knowledge of the call, which reportedly took place late last year.
Berman, who was appointed by Trump, recused himself from the Cohen investigation -- centered around hush money payments to Karen MacDougal and Stormy Daniels -- and put his deputy, Bob Khuzami, in charge.
Times reporters Mark Mazzetti, Maggie Haberman, Nicholas Fandos and Michael S. Schmidt wrote that Trump "rages almost daily to his 58 million Twitter followers that [Robert] Mueller is on a 'witch hunt' and has adopted the language of Mafia bosses by calling those who cooperate with the special counsel 'rats'."
Napolitano noted that Special Counsel Robert Mueller is probably reading the Times report very closely at this moment. The judge called the Times report "dynamite, lengthy and well-documented."
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