Trump Squirms: I Never Directed Cohen to Break the Law

Donald Trump has denied allegations that he personally directed his former attorney Michael Cohen to break the law, a day after the lawyer was sentenced to three years in prison. Cohen admitted lying to Congress, campaign-finance violations, and tax evasion—but he blamed his crimes on Trump. He told Judge William Pauley on Wednesday that Trump had caused him to “follow a path of darkness rather than light,” that his “weakness was a blind loyalty to Donald Trump,” and that he “felt it was my duty to cover up his dirty deeds.” Fox News favorite Judge Andrew Napolitano has also said there’s evidence that Trump broke the law by directing Cohen to commit a crime. Trump hit back Thursday morning, tweeting: “I never directed Michael Cohen to break the law. He was a lawyer and he is supposed to know the law.” He insisted he’s innocent of campaign-finance violations, and went on: “Those charges were just agreed to by him in order to embarrass the president and get a much reduced prison sentence, which he did—including the fact that his family was temporarily let off the hook.”