Donald Trump has been pounding the free press ever since he begin his run for president of the United States. It has been an effective, repetitive move on his part, because a significant number of people believe his attacks against media. Now that Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Trump and Moscow election connections is heating up, POTUS’ onslaughts have become more frequent. At last, one journalist has stood up to say “enough!”
In a CNN interview, The New York Times journalist Maggie Haberman came down hard on Trump for his reign of blatant misinformation against her paper and the rest of the media.
Trump started off the day with a cascade of twitter lies about the media. He claimed the journalists “don’t even call” for verification:
‘The Press has never been more dishonest than it is today. Stories are written that have absolutely no basis in fact. The writers don’t even call asking for verification. They are totally out of control. Sadly, I kept many of them in business. In six years, they all go BUST!’
Trump followed that up with a direct hit on the New York Times, calling it an “enemy of the people:”
‘The New York Times reporting is false. They are a true ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE!’
Haberman had enough. The Times reporter called Trump out for his lies about her reporting on his White House, saying “That’s a lie:”
‘That’s not true, that’s a lie. I don’t know if he knows it’s a lie or whether he is telling himself this is true, whether his staff doesn’t tell him we are reaching out. I find it hard to believe that his staff didn’t reach him that this kind of a report was coming.’
The reporter said that both she and her coworkers at the newspapers began calling the White House for a comment on their article about Trump and Whitaker four days before the article went to press. Haberman noted:
‘I sent several e-mails that went unanswered until yesterday. They chose not to engage and afterwards, the president acts surprised.’
The Times reported on POTUS’ efforts to get former acting attorney general Matt Whitaker to interfere in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York (SDNY). Trump wanted Whitaker to get a recused attorney to “unrecuse” himself and take over the SDNY case, which former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie said was far more dangerous to Trump than Mueller’s case.
According to The Times:
‘(Trump) asked whether Geoffrey S. Berman, the United States attorney for the Southern District of New York and a Trump ally, could be put in charge of the widening investigation, according to several American officials with direct knowledge of the call.’
Former federal prosecutor Elie Honig is currently a CNN legal analyst. She said the questions was: “Why do you want Berman in charge?” Law & Crime reported that she said:
‘If, in fact, the president called Whitaker and said “I want you to see if you can re-install Berman and put my guy in charge of this investigation”–which is growing every minute and which is threatening to him–then I don’t see an innocent explanation. Why do you want Berman in charge? (Trump) wants him there to protect himself.’
Honig said there was almost certainly “consciousness of the 45th president’s guilt:”
‘The common sense inference, and this is something we argue in trials, is that if somebody is trying to obstruct it’s not just for fun–it’s because they believe they’ll be implicated in the investigation. They’re afraid of what that investigation is going to find.’
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