McCarthy on NYT Report Trump Tried to Intervene in Cohen Probe: 'All Wind & No Rain'
Fox News contributor Andrew McCarthy said Wednesday on Outnumbered Overtime that a report claiming President Trump asked if a U.S. attorney could lead the probe into Michael Cohen despite his recusal is "all wind and no rain."
The president denied The New York Times report Tuesday, which said that Trump asked former Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker if U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman could lead the investigation into the president's former attorney.
"No, not at all. I don't know who gave you that," Trump replied when asked by a reporter. "Just more fake news There's a lot of fake news out there."
The report said Trump subsequently "soured" on Whitaker and that he "complained about his inability to pull levers at the Justice Department that could make the president’s many legal problems go away."
"The issue would be if Trump directed his attorney general to tell the U.S. attorney in New York to ignore his recusal and take over the investigations that impact Trump," McCarthy said on Outnumbered Overtime. "The president didn't do that. The former attorney general, Whitaker, says it didn't happen. ... So, it's a lot of hullabaloo about nothing. They ought to get back to us when they actually fire somebody."
The president also tweeted his feelings about the report, calling the Times "a true enemy of the people."
The New York Times reporting is false. They are a true ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 20, 2019
To those who are "whipped up" about the Times' story, McCarthy noted that Special Counsel Robert Mueller hasn't "returned a single sentence that suggests that Trump committed any misconduct."
He also pointed out that Trump has not fired Mueller, although he's had the authority to do so.
In response to Trump's tweet, Times publisher A.G. Sulzberger said in a statement that "there are mounting signs that [Trump's] incendiary rhetoric is encouraging threats and violence against journalists at home and abroad."
McCarthy himself said, "Give me a ring when Trump tries to close down the Times."
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