President Trump finally addressed the testimony by his longtime lawyer and confidant Michael Cohen that he directed Cohen to break the law in order to purchase the silence of former mistress Stormy Daniels right before the 2016 election.
BREAKING: Trump tells AP his former attorney Cohen was "lying" when he testified that Trump directed him to break the law.
— The Associated Press (@AP) October 16, 2018
In what will come as a surprise to nobody, Trump said that his lawyer for more than a decade was lying and, in a stunning insult to the intelligence of both the interviewer and everyone in the nation, tried to claim that Cohen was just a “PR person who did small legal work.”
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Michael Cohen was a vice-president of the Trump Organization and a co-president of Trump Entertainment, not to mention being Trump’s personal bulldog lawyer since 2006.
Cohen struck a guilty plea deal with prosecutors in August after it became clear he wasn’t going to be able to escape the months-long investigation into the New York scam artist for tax fraud, bank fraud, and felony campaign finance violations.
During his courtroom appearance, Cohen made sure that the court knew that it was then-candidate Donald Trump who ordered him to make the hush money payments to former Trump mistresses Stephanie “Stormy Daniels” Clifford and Karen McDougal to buy their silence and keep their allegations from influencing the election.
Since Cohen made the payments from his own personal account through a shell corporation, the jury decided that constituted campaign finance violation and charged him for it. Cohen’s lawyer, Lanny Davis, issued this statement in response to the president’s attack:
— Lanny Davis (@LannyDavis) October 16, 2018
It follows that if Cohen was guilty of making the payments, shouldn’t Trump be equally guilty for ordering them? After all, we have audio recordings of Trump discussing the hush payment to former Playboy model McDougal.
We know for sure he was involved. It wasn’t Michael Cohen who benefited from having the stories of his shameless philandering kept from the public eye.
No wonder the president is so worried. He should be. It’s time to retake the House and the Senate and finally bring our criminal president to justice.