Where the investigations related to President Trump stand

Trump denies report he asked for US attorney to un-recuse from Cohen case ‘No I don’t know who gave you that

Where the investigations related to President Trump stand

A report in the New York Times is raising questions whether US President Donald Trump went further than previously reported to try and stop investigations into him and his close allies.

According to The New York Times, Trump late past year asked Matthew Whitaker - who at the time was his acting attorney general - whether a sympathetic prosecutor could head up the probe.

US President Donald Trump's attacks on the press are "reckless" and "dangerous" and threaten to encourage violence against journalists at home and overseas, the publisher of The New York Times warned on Wednesday.

Al Jazeera's Patty Culhane has the latest from Washington.

"The issue would be if Trump directed his attorney general to tell the US attorney in NY to ignore his recusal and take over the investigations that impact Trump", McCarthy said on Outnumbered Overtime.

Trump has fired back at McCabe's account, calling him a liar and accusing him of treason over "plotting a coup" by considering using the 25th Amendment to remove the president from office.

Cohen was also asked by the prosecutors about Zuberi, who tried to hire Cohen as a consultant around the same time he contributed $900,000 to Trump's inaugural committee, the New York Times reported.

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. Investigators have examined key episodes such as Trump's firing of Comey and Trump's fury over Attorney General Jeff Sessions' recusal.

Then acting US Attorney General Matthew Whitaker waves while addressing the Project Safe Neighborhoods National Conference in Kansas City, Missouri December 7, 2018.

If the president tried to interfere with a criminal prosecution by putting an ally in charge that "is clearly an attempt to obstruct justice", said Andrew Napolitano, a former judge who's a Fox News commentator.

According toCNN, Barr has already begun planning how to take control of the Mueller probe.

"I anxiously await the results of [Special Counsel Robert] Mueller's investigation and hopefully we'll have that question answered", he said of the ongoing probe into potential co-ordination between Russian Federation and Trump's 2016 presidential campaign. Mr Trump also began a verbal campaign against Mr Mueller's investigation, which the President has repeatedly branded a "rigged witch hunt", insisting - usually in capital letters - there is "no evidence of collusion".

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