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President Trump about his relationship to Michael Cohen
President Trump the exclusive interview with Ainsley Earhardt airs Thursday, August 23 on ‘Fox & Friends’ at 6 p.m. ET.
President Trump blasted his former attorney, Michael Cohen, “reflect” on him, and praised another ex-lieutenant of the legal difficulties, Paul Manafort, in an exclusive “Fox & Friends” interview with Ainsely Earhardt airing Thursday morning.
The sit-down comes during a dizzying week that saw Cohen’s guilty plea and Manafort get convicted of crimes, had mostly to do with your personal and business relationships. But Cohen also confessed make-silent-money-payments on behalf of trump in what prosecutors say amounted to the campaign violations.
“[Cohen] makes a better offer, if he’s using me, like everyone else,” Trump said. “And one of the reasons I respect Paul Manafort, as much as he went through the trial—you know, that you stories. People make stories. This whole thing to tilt, you name it, I know all about mirrors.”
He continued: “for 30, 40 years, I have fins. Everything is wonderful and then you get 10 years in prison, and you—tilt, who the next Supreme is, or as high as you can go.”
Cohen, Trump’s former longtime personal lawyer and self-proclaimed “fixer”, pleaded guilty Tuesday to five counts of tax evasion, a number of bank-fraud count in connection with an illegal corporate contribution, and a number from an illegal campaign contribution. The tax and fraud charges.in his dealings with a taxi business, while the campaign Finance charges for the arrangement of payments to adult movie star, Storm, Daniels, and former Playboy model Karen McDougal “in the direction” of then-candidate trump
Cohen faces up to 65 years in prison on all counts, but to reduce the state lawyers, that the obliged, his judgment keen, as part of the deal.
“It should almost be forbidden. It is not fair. Because if someone is going to give—you spend five years, like Michael Cohen, or 10 years, or 15 years in prison, because of the taxi industry, because he is the little” Trump declares cheated on some of the bank—the last two were. “Don’t you know, the campaign violations is considered to be a great thing, to be honest. But if someone defrauded a bank and he is 10 years in prison or 20 years in prison, but if you say anything bad about Donald Trump and go down to two or three years, this is the kind of deal he has made.”
Trump said that “in all fairness” to Cohen, “most people will do that.”
“I’ve said it many times,” Trump. “I have a lot of friends on this stuff. It’s called reflect, and almost should be illegal.”
He presented a scenario in which “you get 10 years in prison, but if you don’t say bad things about someone, in other words, the stories, if you know. – Make-up. It is easy to up just make. I’ve said it many times.”
“You make things, and now you go from 10 years of age, you are a national hero. They have erected a statue in her honor. It is not said a fair thing, but that’s why [Cohen],” Trump.
Trump also seemingly distanced himself from Cohen, to downplay, a relationship that spans more than a decade.
“He was an advocate for me, one of them said of many” Trump. “You know, they always say, ‘the lawyer’, and then as ‘the fixer.'” Well, I don’t know whether he is a ‘fixer.’ I don’t know where this term originates. But he was an advocate for me. Not big deals, small deals. Not someone who was with me also a lot.”
He added: “you know, you make it sound like I live without him. I understood Michael Cohen very well. He—well, it turned out, he was a very good lawyer, to be honest.”
Trump said that Cohen worked for him for about 10 years, and he would “see him sometimes,” but noted that, while Cohen’s big deals was involved, Trump had “outside lawyers and inside lawyers.”
“I have always found him to be a nice guy,” Trump said.
In the case of a Problem with the President of the 130,000 US-Dollar-payment to Daniels in the weeks before the 2016 presidential elections, in exchange for her silence about an alleged affair with trump, as well as the McDougal case. McDougal was paid $ 150,000 by the parent company of the National Enquirer, for its separate story about an alleged 2006 affair with trump, who published it never. Cohen admitted Tuesday to an excessive campaign contribution and causing an illegal corporate contribution.
But Trump insisted that he only knew about the hush money payments Cohen “later” in spite of Cohen’s claims to the contrary.
“Later, I knew it. Later on. What he did –and they were not financed from the campaign, which is a great thing. This is a much bigger deal,” Trump said. “You come out of the campaign? They came not from the campaign, they came from me.”
He added: “In fact, my first question, as I had heard of it, they came out of the campaign, because that might be tricky a little. And they came not from the campaign, and that is great. But they were not there…this is not a campaign violation.”
“If you have a different attorney General and she looked at it a lot differently,” said a look at President Obama, he had had a massive campaign to injury, but he’s Trump. Trump on Obama’s 2008 campaign fined $375,000 will be covered by the Federal Election Commission for a series of missing notices for more than 1,300 posts. They amounted to $1.8 million.
Trump, if, went on to criticize state attorney General Jeff Sessions, who says that he “never assumed the control of the Ministry of justice.” When asked whether he claimed to be fire-meetings, or the Deputy attorney General Rod Rosenstein, he wants to remain “uninvolved” with the DOJ.
“Jeff Sessions recused themselves, which done, he should not have. Or he should said have said to me,” Trump. “Even my enemies say that Jeff Sessions should have told you that he was going to recuse himself, and then they would not put in him. He took the job and then he said I’m going to recuse myself. I said, ‘what kind of man is this?'”
Trump added that the “only reason”, he appointed him as attorney general “, because I believed that loyalty.”
“He was an original supporter. He was with the campaign. He knows there was no collusion” Trump said. “And what Manafort? No Collusion. What Michael Cohen? No Collusion.”
This week, Manafort, Trump is a former Chairman of the campaign, was charged in eight counts of tax evasion as part of the Special Counsel, to Robert Mueller’s investigation. In contrast to Cohen, Trump’s interview with “Fox & Friends,” Manafort has not been recorded in the exclusive ‘flip.’
“I have great respect for what he has done in terms of what he’s going through. You know, he worked for Ronald Reagan for years. He worked for Bob Dole. He worked, I think, his company worked for [Senator John] McCain. He worked for many, many people many, many years, and I would say, what he did, some of the fees, you are not” throwing herself against him, every consultant, every lobbyist in Washington, Trump said probably.
He added: “If you look at Hillary Clinton’s person, take a look at the people who work for Hillary Clinton, and the views of the crimes that Clinton did with the E-Mails and deletes than 33,000 E-Mails, after she gets a summons from the Congress and the justice Department anything about him and all the other crimes they have done.”
Trump said that he “knew, Manafort good”, and that his fees were “on things, which is completely independent of the campaign.”
“And by the way, you got Cohen [fees are] completely independent of the campaign,” trump explained. “I’m not involved. I was not charged anything. You don’t know, people like to say, but I wasn’t loaded.”
Brooke Singman is a political Reporter for Fox News. You can follow her on Twitter at @Brooke FoxNews.