Eli Ridder | Report
In his first tweets since Michael Cohen was sentenced to three years in jail, U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday morning denied he directed his former lawyer and fixer to break the law.
“I never directed Michael Cohen to break the law,” he tweeted, speaking out for the first time on Cohen since the sentencing on Wednesday, adding that “he was a lawyer and he is supposed to know the law.”
Trump said in his thread the two campaign finance charges Cohen plead guilty to “were not criminal”, and only said he was guilty “in order to embarrass the president and get a much reduced prison sentence.”
“As a lawyer, Michael has great liability to me!”
Cohen’s lawyer said on Wednesday that Cohen would be cooperating with Special Counsel Robert Mueller and saying everything he knows about Trump, a move analysts say could lessen his three-year sentence.
Trump started tweeting just before 8 a.m., and put out the three-tweet Cohen thread after a post repeating his mantra that Mexico would pay for his proposed border wall.
Michael Cohen has not responded to the tweets.
More details to follow.