Trump: I Didn’t Do It, But Even If I Did Do It, It Wouldn’t Be Illegal

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President Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer Michael Cohen is heading to jail for three years. But the president is trying to remove himself from the narrative, even claiming the crimes that Cohen is going to jail over aren’t actually crimes.

Cohen claimed that Trump used him as a middle-man for hush money payments made to two women who allegedly had affairs with Trump, former Playboy model Karen McDougal and porn star Stormy Daniels. He said the payments were made “in coordination and at the direction of a candidate for federal office,” therefore making them a campaign finance violation.

Trump, who first denied the payments were ever made, called the payments “a simple private transaction” in a tweet earlier this week. With Cohen’s sentencing on Wednesday, the president returned to Twitter to defend himself.

“I never directed Cohen to break the law,” he tweeted Thursday morning, adding that because he acted on Cohen’s legal advice, he’s not at fault.

The president continued, doubting the legitimacy of Cohen’s guilty plea, “He plead to two campaign charges which were not criminal and of which he probably was not guilty even on a civil basis.”

Trump concluded by stating that Cohen agreed to the charges to “embarrass the president,” referring to himself in the third person.

While Trump is trying to diminish the seriousness of Cohen’s crimes, legal experts disagree.

Judge William Pauley, who presided over the case, said in court that “each of these crimes is a serious offense against the United States … Mr. Cohen pled guilty to a veritable smorgasbord of fraudulent conduct.”

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Phyllis Softa
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Lizzie, you are too young to have heard the same assertion from Richard Nixon. Nixon supporters agreed with him right up to the moment he resigned. My grandmother died in 1998, still believing Nixon did nothing wrong.

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