In response to an apparent headline saying Cohen is asking for no jail time, the president tweeted, "You mean he can do all of the TERRIBLE, unrelated to Trump, things having to do with fraud, big loans, Taxis, etc., and not serve a long prison term?"
Trump was quick to ensure his attorney's crimes did not reflect on his own supposed innocence. It's unclear why he capitalized the word "Taxis."
"He makes up stories to get a GREAT & ALREADY reduced deal for himself, and get his wife and father-in-law (who has the money?) off Scott Free. He lied for this outcome and should, in my opinion, serve a full and complete sentence," the president concluded.
He then praised Roger Stone as a man with "guts!" for saying back in August, “I will never testify against Trump.”
“I will never testify against Trump.” This statement was recently made by Roger Stone, essentially stating that he will not be forced by a rogue and out of control prosecutor to make up lies and stories about “President Trump.” Nice to know that some people still have “guts!”
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 3, 2018
Last week when the news that Cohen had flipped on Trump broke, the president called his former attorney a "weak person."
A few responses to Trump's tweets:
Monday 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.: THE PRESIDENT will engage in some light witness tampering. https://t.co/rbNubefwIe
— southpaw (@nycsouthpaw) December 3, 2018
It’s happening in plain sight, folks. pic.twitter.com/AvXNM1Xj6q
— Walter Shaub (@waltshaub) December 3, 2018
Remember, people, if Trump made these statements in secret phone calls (which he may well also do), you'd easily see them as efforts to obstruct justice and tamper with witnesses. Obstructing justice and witness tampering thru tweets is no less a crime. It's just more efficient. https://t.co/HPFQhC2lsm
— Elizabeth de la Vega (@Delavegalaw) December 3, 2018
2008: Twitter is a fun microblogging service you can use to keep track of Ashton Kutcher
2018: Twitter is the president's preferred tool for witness tampering in a federal criminal investigation
— Matt Ford (@fordm) December 3, 2018
For example: If Trump called Stone and encouraged him not to testify that would be witness tampering and against the law
— Dan Pfeiffer (@danpfeiffer) December 3, 2018
Add witness tampering to the list. And by the way, dangling pardons was on the list of impeachable offenses for Nixon so .... https://t.co/kFzEURAqXb
— scary lawyerguy (@scarylawyerguy) December 3, 2018
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