As the walls close in on Donald Trump, the president has been doing and saying what he can to minimize the onslaught of overwhelming evidence suggesting he’s guilty of high crimes and misdemeanors. His recent effort to undermine reality was to tell Fox & Friends’ Ainsley Earhardt that flipping and cooperating with federal prosecutors should be illegal.
After his former attorney, Michael Cohen, pleaded guilty to breaking campaign finance laws under the direction of the president, Trump told Earhardt that the practice of cooperating with prosecutors as part of a plea deal “ought to be illegal.”
On Wednesday, Trump tweeted that Cohen lied to get the plea deal. He told Earhardt that Cohen negotiated a better deal for himself because he used Trump’s name. “If somebody defrauded a bank and he’s gonna get 10 years in jail, or 20 years in jail, but you can say something bad about Donald Trump and you’ll go down to two years or three years, which is the deal he made, in all fairness to him most people are going to do that,” Trump said.” “It’s called flipping, and it almost ought to be illegal.”
Trump argued that folks who flip aren’t being honest. He said “they make up stories” and “just make up lies.”
He went on, “They make up things and now they go from 10 years to they’re a national hero. They have a statue erected in their honor.” Trump offered no examples to back up his claim.
Trump also said that the violations of campaign-finance laws, which Cohen said he carried out under his instruction, are “considered not a big deal, frankly.”
Earlier this week, Cohen pleaded guilty to eight felony charges. Two of those charges include violating campaign finance law by arranging hush payments to two women who say they had affairs with Trump.
The president addressed the hush payments in the Fox & Friends interview saying he became aware of those payments “later on” and insisted those payments didn’t violate campaign finance laws. However, last month, Cohen released a recording of a conversation he had with Trump in September 2016 in which they discussed purchasing the story of former Playboy model Karen MacDougal — who claims she and Trump had an affair.
Watch the interview: