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Trump: ‘I never directed Michael Cohen to break the law’

US President Donald Trump has said he never directed his former private lawyer to break the law, a day after he was was sentenced to prison, the BBC reports. 

Washington, 13 December 2018 (MIA) – US President Donald Trump has said he never directed his former private lawyer to break the law, a day after he was was sentenced to prison, the BBC reports.

“He was a lawyer and he is supposed to know the law.” Trump tweeted of Michael Cohen, adding that he pleaded guilty “to embarrass the president”.

His comments came a day after Cohen received a three-year jail sentence for campaign finance and fraud crimes.

Cohen had blamed Trump’s influence and “dirty deeds” at his sentencing.

In a series of tweets on Thursday, Trump also insisted that he “did nothing wrong” in regards to campaign finance laws.

He said Cohen “probably was not guilty” of those campaign violations but pleaded guilty to benefit himself.

“As a lawyer, Michael has great liability to me!”

Cohen, 52, was sentenced on Wednesday and must report to prison by 6 March.

He had admitted to lying to Congress, campaign finance violations and tax evasion. In addition to the jail term, he was also ordered to forfeit nearly $2m (£1.6m).

He is the first of Trump’s inner circle to be jailed over Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

The attorney, who once said he would take a bullet for the president, told Judge William Pauley that Mr Trump had caused him to “follow a path of darkness rather than light”.

Cohen said it was his “blind loyalty” to the president that led him to ignore his own “moral compass” and “cover up [Mr Trump’s] dirty deeds”.

Trump, who calls Mueller’s inquiry a “witch hunt”, has repeatedly criticised his former ally since he began co-operating with investigators.

He told reporters last month that Cohen was “weak” and “not a very smart person”.

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