Trump: Campaign-Finance Violations ‘Not a Crime’


President Trump got back on his usual Twitter warpath today to claim that the campaign-finance violations he has been implicated in by longtime personal lawyer Michael Cohen are not a crime. Trump and his attorney Rudy Giuliani previously insisted that collusion was “not a crime.”

“Michael Cohen plead guilty to two counts of campaign finance violations that are not a crime. President Obama had a big campaign finance violation and it was easily settled!” Trump wrote, after lamenting Cohen’s lack of skills as a lawyer. He also contrasted Cohen’s deal with former campaign Chairman Paul Manafort’s loyalty, tweeting “‘Justice’ took a 12 year old tax case, among other things, applied tremendous pressure on him and, unlike Michael Cohen, he refused to ‘break’ – make up stories in order to get a ‘deal.’ Such respect for a brave man!” He also wrote that the fact the Manafort jury could not come to a consensus on 10 of the 18 counts for which he was indicted proved the trial, in which Manafort was found guilty of eight counts, was a “Witch Hunt!”


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