President Donald Trump said cooperation agreements should be “outlawed,” as more of his associates seek plea deals to shorten their sentences for various criminal violations.
The president pushed back against the guilty plea by his longtime attorney Michael Cohen, who implicated Trump in a campaign finance violation, during a sit-down interview with Fox News.
“It’s called flipping and it almost ought to be illegal,” Trump told Fox News.
“You get 10 years in jail. But if you say bad things about somebody, if you make up stories.”
“They make up things and now they go from 10 years to they are a national hero,” he added.
Trump said he’s seen cooperation agreements play out in other cases in his life, and he’s not comfortable with the practice by prosecutors to give leniency to criminal offenders who agree to cooperate with investigators.
“I know all about flipping — 30, 40 years I have been watching flippers,” Trump said. “Everything is wonderful, and then they get 10 years in jail and they flip on whoever the next highest one is or as high as you can go.”
“It almost ought to be outlawed,” he added. “It’s not fair.”
— FOX & friends (@foxandfriends) August 23, 2018
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President Donald Trump's administration is contemplating using active-duty U.S. troops in an attempt to quell the protests in Minneapolis, the Associated Press reported early Saturday morning.
As unrest spread across dozens of American cities on Friday, the Pentagon took the rare step of ordering the Army to put several active-duty U.S. military police units on the ready to deploy to Minneapolis, where the police killing of George Floyd sparked the widespread protests," the AP reported.
"Soldiers from Fort Bragg in North Carolina and Fort Drum in New York have been ordered to be ready to deploy within four hours if called, according to three people with direct knowledge of the orders. Soldiers in Fort Carson, in Colorado, and Fort Riley in Kansas have been told to be ready within 24 hours. The people did not want their names used because they were not authorized to discuss the preparations," the AP explained.
John Roberts joins liberals as Supreme Court rejects challenge to Newsom’s COVID-19 limits on California church attendance
In a 5-4 ruling, the Supreme Court on Friday rejected an emergency appeal from the South Bay United Pentecostal Church in Chula Vista, California. The San Diego area church tried to challenge the state's limits on attendance at worship services:
The church argued that limits on how many people can attend their services violate constitutional guarantees of religious freedom and had been seeking an order in time for services on Sunday. The church said it has crowds of 200 to 300 people for its services.