Donald Trump Rips 'TERRIBLE' Former Lawyer Michael Cohen

Cheryl Sanders
December 5, 2018

He did all this without first obtaining a traditional, ironclad deal under which the government would commit to seeking leniency on Cohen's behalf when he is sentenced on December 12.

Longtime Donald Trump associate Roger Stone arrives to testify behind closed-doors as part of the House Intelligence Committee'™s investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election, September 26, 2017.

Cohen's lawyers asked for a sentence of "time-served", meaning no additional prison time, according to his November 30 sentencing memo. You mean he can do all of the bad, unrelated to Trump, things having to do with fraud, big loans, Taxis, etc., and not serve a long prison term?

Those contacts, including with a top aide to President Vladimir Putin, continued throughout the first half of 2016 even after Trump secured the Republican nomination for president, Cohen admitted - contradicting claims by Trump that there were no dealings beyond 2015. The deadline comes ahead of Flynn's December 18 sentencing and more than a year after he pleaded guilty to lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation about reaching out to Russian government officials on Trump's behalf.

They also said Cohen was "in close and regular contact" with Trump's lawyers and White House staffers while he was drafting false testimony to give to Congress a year ago about his involvement in the Trump Organisation's effort to build a Trump Tower in Moscow during the election. Trump tweeted on Monday morning.

What Stone said:"There's no circumstance under which I would testify against the president, because I'd have to bear false witness against him", Stone told ABC's This Week, per Fox News.

Special counsel Mueller is expected to file a sentencing memo today for Michael Flynn and sentencing memos for Michael Cohen and Paul Manafort in the coming days.

Trump has described Mueller's probe as a political witch hunt.

It is unusual for a president or any senior government official to comment on court proceedings. Trump has regularly opined on sensitive judicial proceedings from the special counsel's case to federal appeals court rulings. "So, he's lying about a project that everybody knew about", Trump said from the South Lawn of the White House.

There was a strong case against the president for witness tampering because of his prior acts and statements, like dangling the possibility of a pardon for his Manafort, legal experts said.

George Conway, a lawyer, a frequent Trump critic and the husband of Trump counselor Kellyanne Conway, responded to the president's tweet about Stone with a not-so-cryptic reference to the statute that defines obstruction of justice and witness tampering.

His revelation in court that Trump and his family were kept informed about contacts over building a Trump Tower in Moscow has ratcheted up the pressure from the investigation on the USA president. "He's the head of the executive branch".

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