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President Trump On Michael Cohen Guilty Plea: He's A Weak Person Lying For Reduced Sentence 11/29/18
President Donald Trump took a few questions during a White House lawn press spray as he started his journey to Argentina for the G20 summit. When asked about Thursday morning’s bombshell news that Michael Cohen had pleaded guilty lying to Congress about communicating with Russia in the run-up to the 2016 General Election, Trump spared little sympathy for his former lawyer. The Commander in Chief called Cohen a “weak person and not a very smart person” and “what he’s trying to do is get a reduced sentence.” It is not clear if Trump is claiming that Cohen lied to Congress in 2016, a charge to which he has pleaded guilty, or is he claiming that Cohen is lying about the previous lying to Congress.
At issue was the development of a Trump Tower hotel in Mow, which Trump explained as a “well-known project” that “everyone knew about.” Trump defended looking into the real estate development as a “deal that didn’t happen” but that if he “did do it, then there would have been nothing to it,” as he was running his business while running for president.
Trump’s claim of looking into business discussions with Russia stands in stark contrast to his previous and repeated position that he never had any business dealings.
When asked today, Trump lamented the “very sad” treatment of Manafort before saying he was just asked about this by the Post.
“The question was asked to me by the Ny Post,” he said. “I think they asked, or whatever, ‘would you?’ I said I’m not taking anything off the table.
Trump accused Cohen of “lying” in order to get a reduced sentence.
“He’s trying to get a much lesser sentence by making up the story,” he said, adding “everybody knows about this deal.”
Cohen, who served for years as Trump’s personal lawyer, pleaded guilty on Thursday morning to one count of making false statements to Congress related to his testimony about communications with Russia during the 2016 presidential campaign.
Cohen said he was untruthful about his involvement in a proposal to build a Trump property in Russia.
Cohen previously told Congress that negotiations to build a Trump Tower in Mos ended in January 2016, but emails showed that he continued to talk with a Russian developer about the project into the summer of 2016.
As he exited a New York courthouse on Thursday morning, Cohen remained quiet while his lawyer issued a brief comment to reporters.
“Mr. Cohen has cooperated. Mr. Cohen will continue to cooperate,” the attorney said.
Sentencing for Cohen is set for Dec. 12, his attorney added.
Cohen, who once said he would “take a bul” for Trump, is the latest former associate of the president to reach a plea deal with Mueller as part of his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. The president earlier this year offered a similar condemnation of Cohen after his former attorney pleaded guilty to violating campaign finance laws at Trump's direction.
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