Trump Accuses Cohen of ‘Lying to Reduce His Jail Time’ After Bombshell Report

Donald Trump took to Twitter Friday to fire back at Michael Cohen after a bombshell report by BuzzFeed News accused the president of directing his longtime lawyer to lie to Congress about his Trump Tower Moscow deal. Trump quoted Fox News reporter Kevin Corke, writing, “‘Don’t forget, Michael Cohen has already been convicted of perjury and fraud, and as recently as this week, the Wall Street Journal has suggested that he may have stolen tens of thousands of dollars....” “Lying to reduce his jail time! Watch father-in-law!” the president added. Later Friday, the Special Counsel's Office released a statement disputing BuzzFeed News' report as “not accurate.”

Before addressing the Cohen allegations, Trump returned to several of his favorite Twitter punching bags. First, he shared an excerpt from a widely mocked and unsubstantiated Washington Examiner article that alleged that ranchers near the U.S. border with Mexico are finding Muslim prayer rugs on their land. “Border rancher: ‘We’ve found prayer rugs out here. It’s unreal.’ Washington Examiner,” Trump wrote. “People coming across the Southern Border from many countries, some of which would be a big surprise.” (The Daily Beast’s Will Sommer reports the story does not include any pictures of the alleged rugs, and is based entirely on the account of one anonymous rancher.) Trump then turned to attack House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA). “Why would Nancy Pelosi leave the Country with other Democrats on a seven day excursion when 800,000 great people are not getting paid,” Trump wrote. As The Daily Beast previously reported, Pelosi’s trip was an attempt to reassure NATO allies in Brussels and meet with U.S. troops in Afghanistan. Trump then turned to the new migrant caravan, which crossed peacefully into Mexico on Thursday, writing “Another big Caravan heading our way. Very hard to stop without a Wall!”