- Trump’s ex lawyer Cohen pleaded guilty to campaign finance violations relating to hush money payments to Stormy Daniels and former model Karen McDougal
- Cohen’s attorney, Lanny Davis, says the president is just as guilty because he ‘directed’ Cohen to make the payments in the run up to the election
- Federal prosecutors had been investigating Michael Cohen’s income from his taxi-medallion business
- Investigators were probing more than $20 million in loans which were made to taxi companies owned by Cohen and his family
- He pleaded guilty to eight counts of charges on Tuesday, including crimes that he says were ordered by the president
- Cohen made his plea within minutes of a Virginia jury convicting former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort on eight counts of fraud following a trial
- Trump’s lawyers were silent on Wednesday and Davis blitzed the news giants
- President Trump laid out his own defense in tweets that were sympathetic to Manafort and emphasized the perceived stupidity and disloyalty of Cohen
Donald Trump said the campaign finance violations his former lawyer claims to have committed at the direction of the president are ‘not a crime’ as he laid out his own defense on Wednesday morning in tweets.
Trump pointed to his predecessor, Barack Obama’s, campaign finance violations in 2012, and argued that they were ‘easily settled’ and did not result in jail time.
The president suggested that Cohen is not very bright after his ex-attorney’s attorney appeared on a sea of news programs to claim the sitting president is guilty of criminal acts.
‘If anyone is looking for a good lawyer, I would strongly suggest that you don’t retain the services of Michael Cohen!’ the president said of the former legal counsel to the Trump Organization.
The evening prior, Trump signaled that he felt ‘badly’ for Cohen, his longtime fixer and former lawyer, who pleaded guilty to eight counts of fraud and campaign finance violations to avoid a trail that could end with a sentence of life in prison.
He said he was disgusted with the judicial system that led his ex-campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, to be found guilty of eight financial crimes, as well.
Trump changed his tune on Cohen, however, after his former attorney’s lawyer jumped on television and said his guilty client was only following the president’s orders.
Cohen’s lawyer claimed in multiple appearances that Trump participated in illegal acts, and his client doesn’t need to offer evidence – the president’s lawyers have already done that.
Lanny Davis said his client’s guilty plea draws on a letter that Trump’s current attorneys sent special counsel Robert Mueller admitting the president ‘directed’ Cohen to make the Stormy Daniels hush-money payoff.