On December 12, Michael Cohen was sentenced to three years in prison for felony crimes of campaign finance violations and lying to Congress. Cohen did this under the president’s direction and claims that he acted out of “blind loyalty” to Trump.
Since then, Mr. Trump, angered by federal prosecutors who referenced the President’s actions in crimes Cohen pleaded guilty to, vented to acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker. According to CNN:
‘Trump was frustrated, the sources said, that prosecutors Matt Whitaker oversees filed charges that made Trump look bad. None of the sources suggested that the President directed Whitaker to stop the investigation, but rather lashed out at what he felt was an unfair situation.’
On November 29, Cohen pleaded guilty to to lying to Congress about a proposed Trump Tower project in Moscow. This was the first incident in which Trump made known he was displeased with Whitaker after he had been on the job only a few weeks after Sessions’ firing.
‘Over a week later, Trump again voiced his anger at Whitaker after prosecutors in Manhattan officially implicated the President in a hush-money scheme to buy the silence of women around the 2016 campaign — something Trump fiercely maintains isn’t an illegal campaign contribution. Pointing to articles he said supported his position, Trump pressed Whitaker on why more wasn’t being done to control prosecutors in New York who brought the charges in the first place, suggesting they were going rogue.’
It is quite clear that Mr. Trump believes that the attorney general of the United States should serve as his personal protector. Also, the fact that the president is discussing crimes he has been implicated in with his attorney general is quite concerning.
Whitaker has recused himself from overseeing Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation, and in a memo from William Barr, Trump’s nominee to replace Sessions, he wrote that Trump’s decision to fire former FBI director James Comey did not amount to obstruction.
According to CNN:
‘Trump has already shown a willingness to use the Justice Department to settle political scores. As CNN previously reported, the President questioned Whitaker about the progression of the investigation against Hillary Clinton when Whitaker was Jeff Sessions’ chief of staff.’
Mueller biographer Garrett Graff said on Friday in an interview on CNN’s Newsroom:
‘It seems very clear that the only reason that Matt Whitaker was ever appointed to this role was specifically to oversee the Mueller investigation.’
In August, Trump tweeted:
‘Attorney General Jeff Sessions should stop this Rigged Witch Hunt right now.’
Mr.Trump’s lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, said that the president views the SDNY prosecutors as out of control. He said:
‘The president and his lawyers are upset about the professional prosecutors in the Southern District of New York going after a non-crime and the innuendo the president was involved.’
One source, pushing back the notion that the Cohen situation has caused tension, insisted though that Trump and Whitaker have a “great relationship.”
Trump’s attitude though isn’t surprising as most people know that like a child, he tends whine and throw tantrums to get what he wants, and would never think about the fact that he put himself in this mess.
Here’s what Twitter had to say:
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