US President Donald Trump on Thursday denied directing his ex-lawyer Michael Cohen to break the law after he was sentenced to three years for campaign finance violations and other crimes.
“I never directed Michael Cohen to break the law. He was a lawyer and he is supposed to know the law,” Trump tweeted.
“It is called ‘advice of counsel,’ and a lawyer has great liability if a mistake is made. That is why they get paid.”
Cohen had issued a strong rebuke of the president after his sentencing in a New York cooirt Wednesday, blaming his longtime ally of leading him astray.
He becomes the first person to be sentenced since special counsel Robert Mueller began investigating possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia during the 2016 presidential election.