President Trump Slams Former Lawyer Following Plea Deal


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President Trump has slammed his former lawyer, Michael Cohen, following yesterday’s news Cohen struck a plea deal with federal prosecutors and plead guilty to eight charges including campaign finance violations.

In a series of tweets, the president praised “brave man” Paul Manafort for refusing to “break” like Cohen.

“I feel very badly for Paul Manafort and his wonderful family. “Justice” took a 12-year-old tax case, among other things, applied tremendous pressure on him and, unlike Michael Cohen, he refused to “break” – make up stories in order to get a “deal.” Such respect for a brave man!” Trump tweeted.

Minutes before he tweeted his respect for ex-campaign chairman Manafort, who was found guilty of eight tax and bank fraud counts on Tuesday, the President tweeted his disgust at Cohen, writing, “If anyone is looking for a good lawyer, I would strongly suggest you don’t retain the services of Michael Cohen!”

Cohen admitted Tuesday to violating campaign finance laws after paying “hush” money to what is believed to be former Playboy model Karen McDougal and adult film star Stormy Daniels during the 2016 presidential race. Cohen did not specifically name the two women, or Trump but said he worked with an “unnamed candidate.”

“Today he stood up and testified under oath that Donald Trump directed him to commit a crime by making payments to two women for the principle purpose of influencing an election,” Cohen’s lawyer Lanny Davis told reporters following his client’s guilty plea. “If those payments were a crime for Michael Cohen, then why wouldn’t they be a crime for Donald Trump?”

As reported by the Associated Press, President Trump’s attorney, Rudy Giuliani, responded to the news saying, “There is no allegation of any wrongdoing against the president in the government’s charges against Mr. Cohen. It is clear that, as the prosecutor noted, Mr. Cohen’s actions reflect a pattern of lies and dishonesty over a significant period of time.”

Cohen is set to be sentenced on December 12th and could have faced up to 65 years in prison. However, as part of his plea deal, Cohen agreed not to challenge any sentence between 46 and 63 months, according to the Associated Press.

Manafort, who now faces a second trial in Washington on September 17, could, if convicted, spend the rest of his life in prison unless, of course, he receives a presidential pardon.