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
‘Smart rats jump a sinking orange ship’: Columnist predicts more Republicans will flee Trump
New York Times contributing columnist Wajahat Ali predicted that more Republicans would likely flee President Donald Trump in the coming weeks.
Already, Trump's own officials, appointees, and staff are lining up to testify to the House committees, despite Trump saying they will not cooperate with any investigations.
"I believe smart rats jump a sinking orange ship, and if you don't believe me, you haven't paid attention to the last week," Ali told CNN's Don Lemon. In the past week, several of Trump's appointees have lined up to give a deposition or testify. Even outgoing Energy Secretary Rick Perry revealed in a Wall Street Journal interview, that Rudy Giuliani was to be the point person on all things related to Ukraine.
CNN panel mocks the White House for promoting a photo of Trump looking ‘subservient’ to Pelosi
The White House posted a series of photos of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) Wednesday after their meeting, showing Pelosi being the only person in the room literally standing up to President Donald Trump. It was an image that baffled the mind of at least one CNN panelist as to why the Trump people would be promoting Pelosi.
According to reports from those who were in the room, the president flew off the handle after Pelosi quipped that it seems all roads lead back to Russia for this president. It was at that point that Trump called Pelosi a "third-grade politician," though presumably, he meant "third-rate," and the meeting broke apart.
Max Boot calls BS on Republicans for trying to claim Syria is Nancy Pelosi’s fault because of impeachment
President Donald Trump is conducting foreign policy like a 1980s television character, according to conservative Washington Post columnist Max Boot.
In a panel discussion about the letter Trump sent to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdo?an, Boot mocked Republicans for suddenly trying to claim that Trump's withdrawal from Syria was Speaker Nancy Pelosi's fault because of impeachment. It is unclear if Republicans are confessing the president is too distracted by impeachment to be making foreign policy decisions or if they are blaming Pelosi for military decisions.
"I mean there's a lot of really lame Republican talking points out there, Don," Boot said to CNN host Don Lemon. "But to suggest, as Rep. Liz Cheney and others have done that somehow Trump's inexplicable decision to give the Turks the green light to invade Syria — that was somehow the fault of Nancy Pelosi because of the impeachment process? What?"