The ever-vindictive Trump tries to get back at Michael Cohen because it’s not only throwing the book but also trying to send a message to others who would help Mueller. Because that’s all so presidential, witless tampering by Scott Free.
Darn that rule of law, and that guy Scott Free.
Trump demands stiff prison sentence for his ex-lawyer Michael Cohen, accuses Mueller of seeking ‘lies’ from witnesses
- President Donald Trump on Monday called for his ex-personal lawyer Michael Cohen to receive a stiff prison sentence for his admitted crimes.
- Trump accused Cohen of making up “stories to get a GREAT & ALREADY reduced deal for himself.”
- Trump also accused special counsel Robert Mueller of seeking “lies” from witnesses about Trump, and praised his longtime associate Roger Stone as having the “guts” to withstand pressure from Mueller’s prosecutors to “make up stories” about the president.
Bob Mueller (who is a much different man than people think) and his out of control band of Angry Democrats, don’t want the truth, they only want lies. The truth is very bad for their mission!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 3, 2018
George is right. This is genuinely looking like witness tampering. DOJ (at least with a nonfake AG) prosecutes cases like these all the time. The fact it's done out in the open is no defense. Trump is genuinely melting down, and no good lawyer can represent him under these circs https://t.co/zqFUoQvWTf
— Neal Katyal (@neal_katyal) December 3, 2018
about Roger Stone refusing to testify against him. Lots of people thought this was norm-violating and looked horrible and they were right. But is it actually witness tampering?
/4 But wait! What does “corruptly persuade” mean?
It means “with an improper motive.”
You’re welcome! That will be $1,500.
/6 Specifically, the circuits are split over whether it’s “corrupt persuasion” to try to persuade someone to do something they have the right to do, like take the Fifth.
/11 Let us not bother with 18 U.S.C. 1503, the generic “influencing” statute, which has language making it a crime to “corruptly . . . obstruct or impede” justice, because that collapses back into the same “corruptly” definition analysis.