The Times reported that after installing Matthew Whitaker as the acting Attorney General, Trump asked him to put a political appointee, Geoffrey Berman, in charge of the investigation into him and his campaign at the Southern District of NY.
Reports have previously indicated that Trump's attorney may have floated the possibility of a pardon to his former aides.
In a somewhat confusing passage, the Times indicated that after Michael Flynn, Trump's former national security adviser, resigned in light of the revelation that he lied about his contacts with the Russian ambassador, the president made a decision to falsely claim that he asked for Flynn's resignation.
Napolitano said if such a phone call took place, it would amount to evidence of "corrupt intent" by the president to try to hinder the investigation.
"We've had dealings with the USA attorney's office" in Washington that has been handling the case, said lawyer Michael Bromwich, who accompanied McCabe to a wide-ranging interview session with reporters.
Trump denies calling Andrew McCabe's wife a 'loser' as feud intensifies
No, the worst thing was Trump attacking McCabe because he cleared Hillary after Democrat fixer and former Virginia Gov. McCabe was sacked from the Federal Bureau of Investigation by then Attorney General Jeff Sessions .
She notes she contacted the White House on Friday, and her emails "went unanswered until yesterday", when the article had been published.
His team is looking into possible crimes committed by the president or his associates, with a particular focus on whether they colluded with Russian interests during the presidential election of 2016. "I'm very proud to say we caught him".
While it is highly unusual for anyone to comment on continuing criminal investigations, Trump has done so at least on 330 days, or more than 43 per cent of his time in office as of February 14, the analysis said.
The conservative attorney, who is married to top White House aide Kellyanne Conway (herself a former pollster), on Wednesday asked his 344,000 Twitter followers to vote for who they believed had more credibility: the president or the New York Times. "I find it hard to believe that his staff didn't reach him that this kind of a report was coming".
In a separate statement, New York Times Publisher A.G. Sulzberger responded to Trump's continuing attacks on the press.
"As I have repeatedly told President Trump face to face", he said, "there are mounting signs that this incendiary rhetoric is encouraging threats and violence against journalists at home and overseas".