CNN’s Gloria Borger on NY Times Report: Trump Treats DOJ as ‘His Own Personal Set of Attorneys’
CNN chief political analyst Gloria Borger said today in response to the New York Times‘ report on the ways President Donald Trump has tried to push back against the investigations surrounding him that he treats the DOJ like his own personal lawyers.
One of the details in the report, in addition to the president’s call to then-Acting AG Matt Whitaker asking about whether US Attorney Geoffrey Berman could oversee the SDNY investigation despite a recusal, concerns Rod Rosenstein:
The president told advisers that Mr. Rosenstein assured him at the time that the Cohen investigation had nothing to do with him. In the president’s recounting, Mr. Rosenstein told him that the inquiry in New York was about Mr. Cohen’s business dealings, that it did not involve the president and that it was not about Russia. Since then, Mr. Trump has asked his advisers if Mr. Rosenstein was deliberately misleading him to keep him calm.
Rosenstein is reportedly leaving the DOJ next month.
In response to that detail in the report, Borger said this to Wolf Blitzer tonight:
“I think that the president treats the Justice Department as his own personal set of attorneys and he considers it his own fiefdom, and that’s why he was mad at Jeff Sessions for recusing himself on the Russia investigation. And that’s why he’s asking Rod Rosenstein, ‘Am I okay’ on Michael Cohen and asking Whitaker to bring back Berman. I think this is just more evidence of a president who really doesn’t understand the separation of powers in this country, and that he cannot ask people to do things personally for him for his own benefit. These people work for the United States of America. They do not work personally for Donald Trump.”
You can watch above, via CNN.
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