Trump: “I never directed Michael Cohen to break the law…”

Trump once again took to Twitter this morning to defend himself, this time tweeting about Michael Cohen.

Here’s what he had to say:

I never directed Michael Cohen to break the law. He was a lawyer and he is supposed to know the law. It is called “advice of counsel,” and a lawyer has great liability if a mistake is made. That is why they get paid. Despite that many campaign finance lawyers have strongly……

….stated that I did nothing wrong with respect to campaign finance laws, if they even apply, because this was not campaign finance. Cohen was guilty on many charges unrelated to me, but he plead to two campaign charges which were not criminal and of which he probably was not…

….guilty even on a civil basis. 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!

When Trump first says he never directed Cohen to break the law, it honestly reminded me of the famous quote from Nixon: “I am not a crook”. I’m not saying it’s the same thing at all, by the way. Just maybe it’s not the best way to start the tweet.

But Trump is right that several are coming to his defense, arguing that neither he nor Cohen did anything wrong with respect to campaign finance law. 

Here’s Hans Von Spakovsky, who is a senior legal fellow in The Heritage Foundation writing “Trump’s Ex-Lawyer Didn’t Violate Campaign Finance Laws, and Neither Did the President” You can click over to read it.

And one that we’ve posted before from Mark Levin and former FEC Chairman Professor Bradley Smith:

Put this with the fact that, based on DOJ policy, that a sitting president can’t be indicted and it does seem like much of the media is making a mountain out of  molehill in order to not only embarrass Trump, but to make something stick to him for 2020.

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