Haberman left open the possibility that Trump's aides didn't tell him about the Times' impending report, but she said it was also possible that "this is a game [to Trump] and he knows what it is and he's pretending that he doesn't".
The report reveals for the first time ever that President Donald Trump has repeatedly complained about being investigated by FBI agents who hated him so much they were willing to violate every code of ethics to overturn an election by creating a false narrative about some Russian mishigas that never happened.
It says Trump called his then-acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker to ask if a prosecutor of his choice could oversee the investigation into his former lawyer Michael Cohen.
"This was a mention in a conversation, and Rod mentioned it in a way thinking about who might support such an effort", McCabe said during a discussion with more than a dozen journalists who cover law enforcement, including one from The Washington Post. The former attorney general, Whitaker, says it didn't happen.
Asked at an unrelated White House event about the request to put Berman in charge, Trump replied: "No, I don't know who gave you that".More news: Trump To Nominate Jeffrey Rosen As New Deputy Attorney General
McCabe has said in the past that the FBI had a good reason to launch a counterintelligence investigation into whether Trump was working with Russian Federation and was a possible national security threat. Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.), chairman of the Judiciary Committee, has said he plans to investigate the matter.
McCabe has said Rosenstein was serious about wearing a wire, and though the comment about the 25th Amendment was more fleeting, he said Thursday he felt it was important to document in real time.
"@realDonaldTrump We stand by our investigation, which was rigorously reported and based on a review of confidential White House documents as well as interviews with dozens of current and former government officials and others close to President Trump", the tweet said. "So I don't put a lot of stock in the things Mr. McCabe said". "I don't talk about investigations that we did or did not do". "He had many opportunities to do so". It also alleges that Trump discussed having Flynn and Paul Manafort pardoned as a means to entice them against cooperating with Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation.
"Well, I think Andrew McCabe has made a fool out of himself over the last couple of days".