By Washington Examiner. President Trump raged on Twitter Sunday morning over his former longtime lawyer Michael Cohen and treatment by the FBI in a range of probes into his activities before and during his White House tenure.
Trump attacked his former fixer, calling him a “rat,” and said the FBI raiding the one-time Trump Organization attorney’s office “was absolutely unthinkable” and “unheard of,” before the bureau began its investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.
The FBI raided Cohen’s office and hotel room in New York in April, seizing business records, emails, and documents related to Trump. Cohen on Wednesday was sentenced to three years in prison for bank and tax fraud crimes, including campaign finance violations related to Trump. In the months since the raid, Cohen has turned intensely critical of his former boss.
In his tweet, Trump also questioned why the FBI never broke into the Democratic National Committee offices or those of his 2016 Democratic rival Hillary Clinton, to get servers believed by the U.S. intelligence community of having been hacked by Russia.
Remember, Michael Cohen only became a “Rat” after the FBI did something which was absolutely unthinkable & unheard of until the Witch Hunt was illegally started. They BROKE INTO AN ATTORNEY’S OFFICE! Why didn’t they break into the DNC to get the Server, or Crooked’s office?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 16, 2018
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Rudy Giuliani Claims Michael Cohen Hush Payments, Possible Russia Collusion ‘Not a Crime’
By NBC News. Hush money during the campaign? “Collusion” with Russia? No crimes here, President Donald Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani asserted in two contentious Sunday show interviews.
Giuliani was peppered with questions during interviews with George Stephanopoulos on ABC’s “This Week” and Chris Wallace on “Fox News Sunday” about the hush payments to women that contributed to former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen’s three year prison sentence, which he received on Wednesday, and special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election.
“Even if” Cohen’s story “were true, it’s not a crime,” Giuliani told Wallace.
In both interviews, Giuliani was asked to respond to Cohen’s Friday interview with Stephanopoulos on “Good Morning America.”
“Pathetic. The man is pathetic,” Giuliani told Stephanopoulos in response to Cohen’s interview. “That was a lawyer you were interviewing. … He’s the guy you depend on to determine whether or not you should do it this way or that way.” (Read more from “Rudy Giuliani Claims Michael Cohen Hush Payments, Possible Russia Collusion ‘Not a Crime'” HERE)