President Donald Trump claims his former personal lawyer’s campaign finance charges were meant to embarrass him.
President Trump while replying to an interview with Fox News on Thursday, a day after Michael Cohen was sentenced to three years in prison over alleged tax evasion, lying to Congress, and setting up illegal hush-money payments to women who claimed they had had affairs with Trump, stated that all these claims were put to embarrass him, he stated,
“They put that on to embarrass me. They put those two charges on to embarrass me. They’re not criminal charges. What happened is either Cohen or the prosecutors, in order to embarrass me, said: ‘Listen, I’m making this deal for reduced time and everything else. Do me a favor and put these two charges on,'”
He has, however, stated that he bears no responsibility for the campaign finance violations committed by his former lawyer, Michael Cohen. Meanwhile, Cohen has acknowledged that all he did was to protect the President from damaging allegations during the 2016 election, during his sentencing on Wednesday, Cohen told the Judge that during his decade of working as Trump’s attorney, he felt a sense of “duty to cover up [Trump’s] dirty deeds.”
Trump, tweeted on his twitter handle, he said,
“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 pleads 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!”