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 s… https://t.co/lp20Vlto5F— Neal Katyal (@Neal Katyal)1544707993.0
Before we get into the debate over the legal merits of this defense, can we pause to note how he is conceding that… https://t.co/1lkVywLTJc— Matthew Miller (@Matthew Miller)1544707735.0
Flashback to early May when Giuliani revealed to a surprised @seanhannity that Trump had reimbursed Cohen for the S… https://t.co/10sEu79t6z— Maggie Haberman (@Maggie Haberman)1544709361.0
I’m going to state the obvious—Trump didn’t write this, and he’s tweeting this quasi-legal argument instead of his… https://t.co/MOAOIgxPtb— Renato Mariotti (@Renato Mariotti)1544708068.0
@realDonaldTrump Everyone in that courtroom, including the judge, concluded that you directed Cohen to commit a cri… https://t.co/WmjxFHpkSU— Renato Mariotti (@Renato Mariotti)1544707865.0
We heard you do it. Cohen shared a recording of it. You are so fucked. https://t.co/uuLgzJkdQa— John Cole (@John Cole)1544707893.0
Trump & Cohen on tape, Sept 2016: COHEN: When it comes time for the financing, which will be.. TRUMP: Listen, what… https://t.co/fYSuXnmQvI— Jim Sciutto (@Jim Sciutto)1544709263.0
just tweet through it, sir, you can do this @realDonaldTrump— Simon Maloy (@Simon Maloy)1544708025.0
Has anyone thought to tell @realDonaldTrump that he has the right to remain silent?— Matthew Miller (@Matthew Miller)1544708740.0
When all else fails, blame the “lawyer.”— Mimi Rocah (@Mimi Rocah)1544708980.0
@realDonaldTrump Clearly you didn’t compose these yourself but has anyone told you that you have the right to remai… https://t.co/TK0601oqKU— Little Mary Sparkles🌊🌊🌊 (@Little Mary Sparkles🌊🌊🌊)1544709323.0
@realDonaldTrump Serious quest: what does he mean by "Michael has a great liability to me"? Did he mean "was"?— Robert Maguire (@Robert Maguire)1544708799.0
I do not like that Cohen guy, I would not like to testify. Not in New York, not in D.C., Not on the stand! You let… https://t.co/Qls8uIt06J— Elinor Lipman (@Elinor Lipman)1544708135.0
- i didn't tell him to do it - i did nothing wrong - the laws don't apply here - the laws he pleaded guilty to brea… https://t.co/43TLUzZPN7— Dave Itzkoff (@Dave Itzkoff)1544708037.0