President Donald Trump issued a carefully worded denial after his attorney Michael Cohen implicated him in a criminal conspiracy — and social media users buried him in derision.
The president insisted he had never directed Cohen to “break the law” by paying hush money to two women just ahead of the election, which he had flatly denied knowing about earlier this year, and claimed his attorney had not actually broken the campaign finance laws he admitted to violating.
Multiple legal experts and other Twitter users pounced all over his three-tweet response to Cohen being sentenced to 36 months in prison.
Reminder: 100 percent lied when he said in April he “did not know about the 130k payment to Stormy Daniels” — why should we believe him now? https://t.co/0ufRrbSlrz
— Neal Katyal (@neal_katyal) December 13, 2018
Before we get into the debate over the legal merits of this defense, can we pause to note how he is conceding that he lied to the American people about this for months? Just flat out lied and isn’t even going to pretend otherwise. https://t.co/gAGNsAR9Zd
— Matthew Miller (@matthewamiller) December 13, 2018
Flashback to early May when Giuliani revealed to a surprised @seanhannity that Trump had reimbursed Cohen for the Stormy Daniels payments. Everyone wrongly assumed Giuliani had erred. He did it because they always knew the campaign finance-related piece was a potential problem.
— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) December 13, 2018