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NYT Responds After Trump Brands It 'Enemy of the People'

Tweets follow publication of paper's investigation
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 20, 2019 1:25 PM CST
President Donald Trump speaks during a signing event for "Space Policy Directive 4" in the Oval Office of the White House, Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019, in Washington.   (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

(Newser) – President Trump set his sights on the New York Times Wednesday, tweeting the following: "The New York Times reporting is false. They are a true ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE!" While there was no reference to a specific article, the tweet followed Tuesday's publication of an investigation titled "Trump’s Two-Year War on the Investigations Encircling Him." What you need to know:

  • One of the piece's stand-out allegations: that Trump asked former acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker whether Geoffrey Berman, a Trump-appointed US attorney for the Southern District of New York, could be put in charge of the Manhattan investigation into hush payments made to women during the 2016 campaign. Per the Times, Whitaker said no because Berman had already recused himself.
  • The Times reports House Democrats are looking at whether Whitaker committed perjury when he said under oath, "'at no time has the White House asked for nor have I provided any promises or commitments concerning the special counsel's investigation or any other investigation."
  • After the article's publication, Trump denied the conversation happened.

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