‘Totally untrue and just another FAKE NEWS story with anonymous sources…’
(Associated Press) President Donald Trump on Thursday denied a report that he wanted Attorney General William Barr to hold a press conference to declare he broke no laws during a July phone call in which Trump pressed his Ukrainian counterpart to investigate Democrats.
Trump tweeted just after midnight that the story, first reported by The Washington Post, “is totally untrue and just another FAKE NEWS story with anonymous sources that don’t exist.”
And he continued to lash out at the press, declaring “The LameStream Media” to be the “Enemy of the People.”
The Post reported that Barr rebuffed the request, which came in September around the time the White House released a transcript of Trump’s July 25 call at the center of the House impeachment probe.
The paper, citing unidentified people familiar with the effort, said the request was relayed from the president to White House officials, and then to the Justice Department.
House Democrats are investigating Trump’s pressure on Ukraine to investigate political rivals as aid money was being withheld from the Eastern European country.
Trump insists he did nothing wrong.
“Just read the Transcript,” he wrote Thursday. “The Justice Department already ruled that the call was good.”
That appears to be a reference to a statement from the Justice Department in September announcing that the department’s Criminal Division “reviewed the official record of the call and determined, based on the facts and applicable law, that there was no campaign finance violation and that no further action was warranted.”