'New York Times' publisher responds to president's 'public enemy' tweet

Feb 23, 2019, 01:26
'New York Times' publisher responds to president's 'public enemy' tweet

Former acting Federal Bureau of Investigation director Andrew McCabe on Thursday sought to further downplay the discussion in which he says Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein broached using the 25th Amendment to oust President Trump from office, asserting that Rosenstein was merely "thinking off the top of his head".

"Stories are written that have absolutely no basis in fact", Trump wrote.

McCabe has recounted in interviews how he made a decision to open counterintelligence and obstruction of justice investigations targeting Trump shortly after the president fired James Comey as FBI director in May 2017. But nine days later, Trump broke the agreement to keep the meeting private when he tweeted about the conversation and said the two men discussed "the vast amounts of Fake News being put out by the media & how that Fake News has morphed into phrase, 'Enemy of the People.' Sad!"

The Times responded to Trump's tweet early Wednesday afternoon with a tweet defending its reporting.

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New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman on Wednesday bluntly called out President Donald Trump for lying about her reporting on his administration.

Trump has, of course, specifically attacked The New York Times many times before and has called the media in general the "enemy of the people", but in applying that label specifically to the Times this morning, he's revisiting an intensely personal ongoing battle with Sulzberger.

Clapper also said he expects the special counsel team to provide some answers once it releases the report.

McCabe, a longtime and frequent target of Trump's anger, was sacked on March 2018 by then-U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions - just two days before his planned retirement date. The former acting FBI director has been making headlines over the promotion of his tell-all memoir The Threat: How the FBI Protects America in the Age of Terror and Trump.

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The Justice Department said Whitaker stands by his testimony. But the evidence so far shows that a broad range of Trump associates had Russia-related contacts during the 2016 presidential campaign and transition period, and several lied about the communications.

The Times- and so help me I am not making this up - illustrated this 947-thousand word crack investigative article by crack investigators with a full page of charts showing exactly how many times the president complained about being the target of a completely bogus investigation into a completely imaginary incident.

Trump went on to say he has "a lot of respect for Mr Whitaker", calling him a "very, very straight shooter" and praising his combative performance this month in a hearing by the House Judiciary Committee.

That investigation resulted in Cohen pleading guilty to bank fraud, tax fraud and campaign finance violations.

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