Following the sentencing of Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump said that he never told his former lawyer to break the law and denied any involvement in his crimes.
Tweets from Trump have claimed Cohen only pleaded guilty “in order to embarrass the president and get a much reduced prison sentence, which he did.”
“I never directed Michael Cohen to break the law,” he said. “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.”
Cohen has been sentenced to three years in prison in addition to numerous financial penalties for orchestrating payments to protect Trump from allegations of sexual affairs during his 2016 presidential campaign.
Trump has denied the affairs while saying, “Cohen was guilty on many charges unrelated to me.”