Trump says he ‘never directed’ his ex-lawyer Cohen to ‘break the law’
Trump said on Twitter that the 52-year-old Cohen, who was Trump’s longtime personal attorney and a high-ranking executive at the Trump Organization, “has great liability if a mistake is made.”
“That is why they get paid,” Trump tweeted, referring to Cohen’s status as a lawyer.
Trump also wrote that “many” campaign finance lawyers have told him he “did nothing wrong with respect to campaign finance laws, if they even apply, because this was not campaign finance.”
Trump asserted in a third tweet that Cohen pleaded guilty “in order to embarrass the president and get a much reduced prison sentence, which he did-including the fact that his family was temporarily let off the hook.”
Later Thursday morning, Trump weighed in on the case of Michael Flynn, the president’s formal national security advisor who pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his contacts with the Russian ambassador to the U.S.
“They want to scare everybody into making up stories that are not true by catching them in the smallest of misstatements,” Trump said, referring to the special counsel’s handling of witnesses in the ongoing probe.
Late Wednesday, a judge in Flynn’s case ordered the government to submit interview memos by Friday afternoon. Flynn’s attorneys had alleged in a court filing, in which they requested a lenient sentence, that the FBI agents who interviewed Flynn did not warn him that it was a crime to lie to the FBI.