On Thursday, President Trump weighed in on the news that his onetime lawyer and “fixer,” Michael Cohen, will serve 3 years in prison for tax evasion, bank fraud, and two campaign finance violations.
In April of 2015 President Trump while aboard Air Force One told reporters, he had no idea about the $130,000 payment to Stormy Daniels aka Stephanie Clifford that was made by Michael Cohen.
In July of 2018, Michael Cohen’s lawyer Lanny Davis went on CNN’s Cuomo Prime Time, hosted by Chris Cuomo and produced a taped conversation between Cohen and then-candidate Trump about a payment to at least one of the two women, that Cohen plead guilty to paying to influence the election of 2016 at the “direction of the President.”
Former Acting Solicitor General of the United States, and Supreme Court lawyer, Neal Katyal.
The below tweet was deleted and reissued according to Did Trump Tweet it?, in his original message he spelled “basis” as “bases,” and he seemed to imply that Cohen’s family was only “temporarily let off the hook.”
….guilty even on a civil bases. 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!Did Trump Tweet It?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 13, 2018
For What It’s Worth as the News Blender reported the U.S. Attorney’s Office of New York announced in a press release on Wednesday that they had reached an agreement with America Media inc., regarding a payment made on behalf of President Trump to Karen McDougal.
- In one instance, COHEN caused American Media, Inc. (“AMI”), which was identified in previous court filings as “Corporation-1,” to make a $150,000 payment to one woman; in the other, COHEN made a $130,000 payment to another woman through an LLC he incorporated for the purpose of making the payment. COHEN was reimbursed for the latter payment in monthly installments disguised as payments for legal services performed pursuant to a retainer, when in fact no such retainer existed. COHEN made or caused both of these payments in order to influence the 2016 election and did so in coordination with one or more members of the campaign.
- The Office also announced today that it has previously reached a non-prosecution agreement with AMI, in connection with AMI’s role in making the above-described $150,000 payment before the 2016 presidential election. As a part of the agreement, AMI admitted that it made the $150,000 payment in concert with a candidate’s presidential campaign, and in order to ensure that the woman did not publicize damaging allegations about the candidate before the 2016 presidential election. AMI further admitted that its principal purpose in making the payment was to suppress the woman’s story so as to prevent it from influencing the election.
In President Trump’s other tweets, he explained how “MEXICO IS PAYING FOR THE WALL!,” that “General Flynn,” was given a “great deal,” because “they were embarrassed by the way he was treated,” he ended his morning tweets in all caps, “WITCH HUNT.”
He started his afternoon tweets by calling out MNBC’s Morning Joe’s co-host Mika Brezinski for “using a horrible term,” and lamenting that if she was “Conservative,” she “would be banned permanently from television.”
On Wednesday’s Morning Joe, Brzezinski called Secretary of State Mike Pompeo a “butt boy,” The Guardian reported she swiftly apologized and noted that via social media the “homophobic phrase,” was swiftly condemned from both the left and the right.
MSNBC’s Morning Joe covered “Trump Tweets” including the now since deleted tweet.
President Trump’s attorney Rudy Giuliani weighed in on Michael Cohen’s guilty plea and sentence.