McCabe played pivotal roles in the two investigations that swirled around the 2016 presidential campaign: the much-discussed investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of personal email while she was secretary of state, and the then-secretive investigation into the Trump campaign's potential involvement in Russian interference in the 2016 election.
The US President Donald Trump criticized The New York Times calling the outlet "a true enemy of the people" right after the publication of an article detailing his alleged "two-year war on the investigations encircling him".
"I at no time got the impression that he'd actually sought support, or talked to those people about it, or asked people, you know, 'would you support this?' or 'would you not'".
President Trump's tumultuous time in an office has been marked by nothing but a steady stream of scandals and investigations.
The conservative attorney, who is married to top White House aide Kellyanne Conway (herself a former pollster), on Wednesday asked his 344,000 Twitter followers to vote for who they believed had more credibility: the president or the New York Times.
Through a Justice Department spokeswoman, Rosenstein has vaguely disputed reporting on his conversations with McCabe.
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Had Trump asked for an ally to be put in charge of an investigation involving himself it could be viewed as an attempt to obstruct justice that could further add to his legal troubles.
Fox News senior judicial analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano said former acting Federal Bureau of Investigation director Andrew McCabe was right to recommend a special counsel to look into former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.
"We've had dealings with the USA attorney's office" in Washington that has been handling the case, said lawyer Michael Bromwich.
Trump has long denigrated American news outlets that in his view deliver less-than-favorable reports.
The Times story directly contradicts Mr. Whitaker's testimony earlier this month before a congressional committee.
Suffice to say, Trump is not pleased with the findings of the report. Lurking in the shadows, however, has been the SDNY (Southern District of New York) and their efforts in the investigation of hush payments made to silence women involved with President Trump.
Cohen has been sentenced to three years in prison for tax evasion and other crimes he said were undertaken at Trump's bidding.