Trump Tweetstorm: ‘I Never Directed Michael Cohen To Break The Law’

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Michael Cohen, seen here in May MUST CREDIT: Bloomberg photo by Peter Foley

President Trump on Thursday denied ordering Michael Cohen to break the law, one day after his former personal lawyer was sentenced to prison for making illegal hush-money payments to two women during the 2016 campaign and other financial crimes.

In a series of tweets, Trump pushed back on Cohen’s courthouse assertion that he acted out of a sense of duty to “cover up” the president’s “dirty deeds.”

“I never directed Michael Cohen to break the law,” Trump tweeted.

“He was a lawyer and he is supposed to know the law. It is called ‘advice of counsel,’ and a lawyer has great liability if a mistake is made. That is why they get paid.”

“Those charges were just agreed to by him 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,” Trump wrote. “As a lawyer, Michael has great liability to me!”

I never directed Michael Cohen to break the law. He was a lawyer and he is supposed to know the law. It is called “advice of counsel,” and a lawyer has great liability if a mistake is made. That is why they get paid.”

“Despite that many campaign finance lawyers have strongly stated that I did nothing wrong with respect to campaign finance laws, if they even apply, because this was not campaign finance. Cohen was guilty on many charges unrelated to me, but he plead to two campaign charges which were not criminal and of which he probably was not guilty even on a civil basis.

“Those charges were just agreed to by him 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. As a lawyer, Michael has great liability to me!”

Read more at The Hill.

{Matzav.com}

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