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Trump responds to Cohen’s guilty plea on Twitter

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  • President Donald Trump took to Twitter on Wednesday
    morning to respond to the guilty of plea of his former personal
    lawyer, Michael Cohen.

  • “If anyone is looking for a good lawyer, I would
    strongly suggest that you don’t retain the services of Michael
    Cohen!” Trump said.

  • Cohen struck a deal
    on Tuesday with prosecutors to plead guilty to eight federal
    crimes.
  • During his plea entry, Cohen
    said he had made illegal campaign and corporate
    contributions at the direction of Trump.

President Donald Trump took to Twitter on Wednesday morning to
respond to the
guilty of plea of his former personal lawyer
, Michael Cohen,
by saying he would not recommend hiring Cohen as an attorney.

“If anyone is looking for a good lawyer, I would strongly suggest
that you don’t retain the services of Michael Cohen!”, Trump
wrote.

Trump then tweeted
that the two counts of campaign finance violations Cohen pleaded
guilty to “are not a crime.”

Cohen struck a deal on Tuesday with prosecutors to plead guilty
to eight federal crimes.

He entered guilty pleas to
five counts of tax evasion, one count of bank fraud, one count of
making an unlawful corporate contribution, and one count of
making an illegal campaign finance contribution on October 27,
2016 — the day a $130,000 payment to adult-film star Stormy
Daniels was finalized.

During his plea entry, Cohen
said
 he had made the illegal campaign and
corporate contributions “at the direction of the candidate” and
with the “purpose of influencing the election.”

He did not identify the candidate by name, but
the criminal complaint, which
refers to said candidate as “individual 1,” said that person
became President of the United States in January 2017 — meaning
it can be only be Trump.

After entering his guilty plea, Cohen was released on
a $500,000 bond. He is set to be
sentenced December 12.

Cohen was the focus of
a criminal investigation in the Southern District of New York
into whether he violated campaign-finance laws, committed bank
fraud or wire fraud, engaged in illegal lobbying, or
participated in other crimes.

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