President Donald Trump is in hot water after his former personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, pleaded guilty to violating campaign finance laws during the president’s 2016 campaign.
Trump is blaming all the decisions made on Cohen, claiming that he just acted on the advice of his lawyer.
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……
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 13, 2018
But previous documents and interviews uncovered this week show that Trump has been boasting about his knowledge of campaign finance laws for decades.
CNN host Don Lemon spoke about the report on his show Wednesday night but brought back an old clip from the past to back up the report.
“[Investigators] could also just listen to Trump in his own words talking to Larry King,” he said.
In a 1999 interview with King, Trump talked about a possible presidential run.
“I wouldn’t run if I didn’t think I could win the election,” he said. “I wouldn’t run just to get 21 percent of the vote and say, ‘I got more votes than anybody.’ It wouldn’t do it for me.”
Trump was then asked about campaign finance reform, and Trump responded by bragging about his knowledge on the issue.
“I think nobody knows more about campaign finance than I do because I’m the biggest contributor,” he said, adding that reform is a “very complex thing”. He then went on to say how senators “loved” him for donating to their campaigns.
Watch the video below:
“Ruh-roh,” Lemon joked after playing the old clip. “Sounds like Donald Trump knows plenty about campaign finance, a fact that can certainly backfire on him. There’s always a tape or a tweet for everything, did you notice that?”