President Trump wanted Attorney General William P. Barr to hold a news conference declaring that the commander in chief had broken no laws during a phone call in which he pressed his Ukrainian counterpart to investigate a political rival, though Barr ultimately declined to do so, people familiar with the matter said.
The request from Trump traveled from the president to other White House officials and eventually to the Justice Department. The president has mentioned Barr’s demurral to associates in recent weeks, saying he wished Barr would have held the news conference, Trump advisers say.
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WNU Editor: President Trump is denying these reports …. Trump pushes back on report that he wanted Barr to clear him on Ukraine in news conference: ‘Totally untrue’ (The Hill). More here …. Trump denies asking attorney general to clear him on Ukraine (BBC).
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