Trump de­nies know­ing act­ing at­tor­ney gen­eral

Merced Sun-Star (Saturday) - - News -

Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump on Fri­day sought to play down spec­u­la­tion that he had ap­pointed Matthew Whi­taker act­ing at­tor­ney gen­eral to cur­tail the spe­cial coun­sel in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

“I didn’t speak to Matt Whi­taker about it,” Trump said. “I don’t know Matt Whi­taker.”

His com­ments came two days af­ter Trump ousted Jeff Ses­sions as at­tor­ney gen­eral. The Wash­ing­ton Post re­ported this week that one rea­son Trump liked Whi­taker was be­cause Whi­taker had briefed him on many oc­ca­sions be­cause the pres­i­dent pre­ferred not to talk to Ses­sions, whom he had of­ten dis­par­aged.

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