Transcript for New report on alleged attempt by Trump to influence investigators
next tonight to president trump, this evening, responding to a report that broke in "The new York Times", indicating the president asked his acting attorney general to change the prosecutor in the Michael Cohen case in the southern district of New York. That the president allegedly wanted the U.S. Attorney that he appointed to oversee the case. Tonight, right here, the president's response, and here's ABC's chief white house correspondent Jonathan Karl. Reporter: President trump today denied a report in "The New York Times" that he asked former acting attorney general Matt Whitaker to interfere in the investigation of his former personal attorney, Michael Cohen, an investigation that implicated the president himself. There's a lot of fake news out there. No, I didn't. Reporter: The president's appointment of Whitaker was controversial for from the start. Whitaker was a staunch trump supporter and harsh critic of special counsel Robert Mueller. Mr. President, what do you say to all the criteria similar of Matt Whitaker and the calls for him to recuse himself, given what he's said about the Russia investigation? Well, Matt Whitaker, ion't know Matt Whitaker. Reporter: But "The times" reports that shortly after Whitaker got the job, the president asked him to put a person he believed would be more sympathetic in charge of the investign. Specifically, U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman, who had recused himself from because of his ties to the president's lawyer, Rudy Giuliani. It never happened. At his contentious hearing before the house judiciary committee earlier this month, Whitaker didn't deny discussing the investigation with the white house. Did you ever have any conversations with anybody about reassigning or firing any personnel including U.S. Attorneys with the southern district of New York? Congresswoman, I sit on top of the department of justice, as you mentioned. Reporter: But he did say the president never pressured him to interfere with the investigation. At no time has the white house asked for nor have I provided any pro commitments concerning the special counsel's investigation or any other investigation. Reporter: President trump vehemently denied "The New York times"report. Did you ask acting attorney general Matthew Whitaker to change the leadership of the investigation into your former personal attorney Michael coalen? Not at all. I don't know who gave you that, just more fake news. Jon Karl live with us now from the white house. And there is news about president trump's former adviser, Roger stone, who has been indicted by the special counsel. He's now under fire after posting a picture on Instagram of the judge in his case and beside her head what appeared tothe crors of a gun? Reporter: And Roger stone has now issued a formal apology to the court, David, for posting scene both as tasteless and threatening. And now, stone has been asked to -- summoned to appear before the court to explain himself. The judge clear little not happy in that case. Jon Karl, thank you. In the meantime, we turn
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