Wednesday, 19 December, 2018

Trump wants 'full and complete' sentence for his former lawyer Cohen

Roger Stone denies making contact with WikiLeaks says there is 'no circumstance' under which he would testify against Trump Roger Stone arrives to testify before the House Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill last year
| 04 December, 2018, 01:19

In August, he pled guilty to eight criminal counts related to the hush money payments he made adult film actress Stephanie Clifford, better known as Stormy Daniels.

A reporter who has been breaking stories on the Russian Federation investigation since it began two years ago points out that there were at least six different FBI or intelligence-related operatives with similar characteristics and modes of operation who made entrees to key figures in the Trump business organization or his presidential campaign between March and October 2016.

Last week Trump's former personal lawyer Michael Cohen pleaded guilty to misleading Congress about Trump's plans to build a tower in Moscow and revealed he had entered into a formal co-operation agreement with Mueller.

"Michael Cohen asks judge for no Prison Time".

Cohen admitted making false statements about the project in 2017 to Senate and House intelligence committees, which at the time were investigating possible connections between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation.


"He lied for this outcome and should, in my opinion, serve a full and complete sentence", Trump concluded. This is genuinely looking like witness tampering.

Trump cited Stone's pledge to never testify against him. "He will not be forced by a rogue and out of control prosecutor to make up lies and stories about 'President Trump, '" wrote 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. The Justice Department is likely to assess that whatever it is, the tweet is not a legal determination by the president and is not binding on the agency.

George Conway, husband of White House adviser Kellyanne Conway, soon suggested that Trump's tweet might be considered witness tampering.

"I think it is both obstruction and witness tampering", said Lisa Kern Griffin, a former federal prosecutor and law professor at Duke University. Cohen admitted to making the payments at Trump's behest to buy Clifford's silence and, in turn, influence the election. "Nice to know that some people still have "guts!"," he added.

It is highly inappropriate for a president to insert himself into a judicial process, said Jens Ohlin, a professor at Cornell Law School. "He's the head of the executive branch".

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