President Donald Trump finally punched back at former fixer Michael Cohen, one day after Cohen was sentenced to three years in the slammer for various crimes, including making hush-money payment at Trump’s behest to Stormy Daniels during his presidential campaign.
“I never directed Michael Cohen to break the law,” Trump tweeted Thursday morning. “He was a lawyer and he is supposed to know the law.”
Trump’s former personal attorney made a point of throwing POTUS under the bus at Wednesday’s sentencing, saying his crime was in feeling “it was my duty to cover up his dirty deeds” and being too weak to “refuse his demands.”
Shot back Trump: “It is called ‘advice of counsel,’ and “a lawyer has great liability if a mistake is
made. That’s why they get paid.”
“Many campaign finance lawyers” have told Trump “strongly” that “I did nothing wrong with respect to campaign finance laws, if they even apply, because this was not campaign finance,” POTUS tweeted.
Cohen pled guilty on several charges unrelated to Trump, “but he pleads to two campaign charges which were not a criminal and of which he probably was not guilty even on a civil basis, the President insisted.
Cohen agreed to those charges “in order to embarrass the president and get a much reduced prison sentence, which he did,” Trump added.
In return, the court agreed Cohen’s family would be “temporarily let off the hook,” Trump declared.
The real victim here, Trump concluded, is Trump.