President Trump tweeted out today defending the belief that he did not have any campaign finance violations with payments made to two women by his lawyer.
The president’s former lawyer was just sentenced to a maximum of three years in jail for many different crimes.
Cohen tried to drag President Trump into the mess (see below) but the president quickly made the point that Cohen is a lawyer so he should know when he’s breaking the rules. The president spoke about Cohen in an intrview with Fox News’ Harris Faulkner (see video below).
PRESIDENT TRUMP’S STATEMENT FROM TWITTER:
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!
According to the former FEC Commissioner, the president is correct.
Hans Von Spakovsky said that President Trump should not be worried because the payments from Cohen would have to be a “campaign-related expense”.
Spakovsky also said the US, attorney’s office is being overly aggressive with president Trump’s case.
HERE’S WHAT SPAKOVSKY HAD TO SAY ACCORDING TO THE DAILY CALLER:
HE BRINGS UP PAYMENTS FROM CONGRESS TO PEOPLE FOR HARASSMENT CLAIMS.
Remember that there have been up to 17 millions total dollars given to people claiming sexual harassment by anonymous congress members. Spakovsky makes the point that those Congressmen should be included in the campaign finance violation case.
HARRIS FAULKNER ASKS PRESIDENT TRUMP ABOUT COHEN:
MICHAEL COHEN TRIES TO BRING PRESIDENT TRUMP DOWN WITH HIM:
It appears that Trump’s personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, who had his office raided by FBI agents in an unprecedented move, at the direction of witch hunter Robert Mueller, is going to be doing quite a bit of time behind bars.
After the raid of attorney Michael Cohen’s office, Mr. Cohen’s attorney, Stephen Ryan, questioned Mr. Mueller’s tactics, calling them “completely inappropriate and unnecessary.”
“It resulted in the unnecessary seizure of protected attorney-client communications between a lawyer and his clients. These government tactics are also wrong because Mr. Cohen has cooperated completely with all government entities, including providing thousands of non-privileged documents to the Congress and sitting for depositions under oath.”
“It resulted in the unnecessary seizure of protected attorney-client communications between a lawyer and his clients. These government tactics are also wrong because Mr. Cohen has cooperated completely with all government entities, including providing thousands of non-privileged documents to the Congress and sitting for depositions under oath,” Mr. Ryan
According to CBS News, the former Trump attorney Michael Cohen has been sentenced by a federal judge in Manhattan to three years in federal prison, followed by three years of supervised release for the eight counts brought by the U.S. attorney in the Southern District of New York.
Those charges included campaign finance violations. Cohen will serve this term concurrently with a two-month sentence imposed for lying to Congress, a charge brought by the special counsel.
Prosecutors had recommended a, who pleaded guilty to both lying to Congress over a possible Trump Tower Moscow project, and to campaign finance violations for paying women who alleged affairs with Mr. Trump They also think that Cohen is still withholding information. Cohen’s lawyers had asked that he serve no prison time.
In court Wednesday, Cohen, according to the Associated Press, said in his defense that “blind loyalty” to Mr. Trump “led me to take a path of darkness instead of light.”
Prosecutors said last week they believe Cohen committed illegal acts at the direction of Mr. Trump, named “Individual 1” in court filings.
Mr. Trump has distanced himself from Cohen, declaring his longtime former lawyer “weak” and “not a very smart person.”
“Michael Cohen is lying and he’s trying to get a reduced sentence for things that have nothing to do with me,” the president told reporters on the White House South Lawn last week.