President Trump says his longtime lawyer Michael Cohen should go to prison


Zeidenberg wrote in USA Today that a disclosure from ex-Trump lawyer Michael Cohen-who last week pleaded guilty to having lied to Congress-"exposes not just Trump as having lied about his business interests in Russian Federation, it potentially also exposes his family as well".

Cohen pleaded for leniency from a judge on Friday, saying he should be spared a prison term because he's informing on the president and his company to Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

Trump tweets Monday: "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?" Cohen claims that he made those payments at the behest of Mr Trump, but the president has repeatedly denied any knowledge of those payments.

Two of the counts to which Cohen initially pleaded guilty, and the additional count to which he pleaded guilty last week, are directly related to Trump. The man he wants to see in jail is Michael Cohen, who is cooperating with Robert Mueller's investigation after taking a plea deal. Cohen earlier pleaded guilty to campaign finance fraud for his payments to Trump's alleged mistresses and testified that he and Trump continued to talk about Russian Federation business dealings throughout the campaign.

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"Michael's decision to cooperate and take full responsibility for his own conduct well reflects his personal resolve, notwithstanding past errors, to re-point his internal compass true north toward a productive, ethical and thoroughly law-abiding life", the lawyers said in a court filing. "Nice to know that some people still have 'guts!'". Unlike Cohen, Stone "will not be forced by a rogue and out of control prosecutor to make up lies and stories", he wrote, referring to the Mueller investigation.

Not long after, Trump offered a very different assessment of political consultant Roger Stone, who said Sunday he will never testify against Trump because he would have to "make things up" to do so.

While Washington is focused on memorializing former President George H.W. Bush, Mr. Trump on Monday morning, at least on Twitter, has been focused on whether his associates defend him or not.