"I have never struck the acting Attorney General of the United States & # 39 ;, a man I have great respect for," Trump tweeted.
Whitaker was appointed Deputy Prosecutor General after President Jeff Sessions fired in November.
The President was frustrated that prosecutors led by Whitaker had filed suit in Cohen's Trump case. The sources said it was bad.
Trump also accused Whitaker of how Manhattan prosecutors had officially involved the President in a pervert program to buy women's silence for the 201
The president's lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, could not confirm this with Whitaker, but said the president considers the prosecutor's office of SDNY out of control. "The president and his lawyers are upset with the prosecutors in the southern district of New York who have committed non-crime and the president's allusion to it," Giuliani said in a statement to CNN on Friday.
Rep. Adam Schiff of California, the top Democrat in the House Intelligence Committee, said on CNN's "State of the Union" Sunday that Trump Whitaker is criticizing the Cohen investigation for showing his disrespect for the rule of law.
"This is just the president ignoring the rule of law, ignoring decades of precedent and politics," Schiff said to Jake Tapper of CNN. "That was exactly what we feared about Whitaker's appointment, that he was not selected because he qualified for the job – he really is not," but he was selected because he had auditioned on television for the investigation to talk down and talk about Mueller he could – how could we paralyze the investigation of Mueller privately.
He added, "The President of the United States is discussing a case involving him with the Attorney General. That's wrong at every level. And of course, everything that Deputy Prosecutor General does will play every role he plays in this investigation. This is a real attack on the rule of law. In addition, we will scrutinize every single action by Matt Whitaker that the public knows what he is doing.
Laura Jarrett and Pamela Brown of CNN contributed to this report.