‘Sorry to break it to you, Donnie, but you are Individual-1’: MILLIONS on Twitter mock the President for saying the Cohen sentence memo ‘totally clears’ him as Mueller reveals POTUS lawyer broke the law ‘at the direction’ of Trump
- President’s former lawyer should get 51-63 months, according to prosecutors, for a range of crimes including tax evasion and campaign finance violations
- Cohen tried to ‘influence the election from the shadows,’ by arranging payoffs to porn actress Stormy Daniels and former Playboy model Karen McDougal
- Prosecutor Robert Khuzami claims Trump was directly involved in the efforts to pay off the two models
- Trump is identified as ‘Individual 1’ in Cohen’s guilty plea, was said to have received updates from Cohen as he pursued a Moscow Trump Tower project
- But on Friday Trump defiantly declared the sentence memo ‘totally clears the President’
- But millions of people took to social media mocking POTUS as he as ‘Individual 1’ is a central subject of the Mueller probe
Donald Trump was mercilessly ridiculed on social media for declaring that the memo recommending that his former lawyer Michael Cohen serves jail time for a range of federal crimes ‘totally clears’ him of any wrongdoing.
A federal prosecutor told a judge on Friday that Michael Cohen should spend between 51 and 63 months in prison for a range of federal crimes including tax evasion and violating campaign finance laws.
He tried to ‘influence the election from the shadows,’ according to Robert Khuzami, the acting US Attorney for the Southern District of New York, by arranging payoffs to porn actress Stormy Daniels and former Playboy model Karen McDougal.
The payoffs were made as a means to avoid October-surprise embarrassments for then-candidate Donald Trump.
Donald Trump was mocked on social media for declaring that the memo recommending that his former lawyer Michael Cohen serves jail time ‘totally clears’ him of any wrongdoing
Khuzami wrote that Trump was directly involved in those efforts. But bizarrely POTUS tweeted an hour after the document was filed in New York that it ‘[t]otally clears the President. Thank you!’
Special counsel Robert Mueller’s office filed documents saying that Cohen lied to investigators to protect Trump regarding Russian interference in the 2016 election.
But millions of people took to social media to mock Trump and claim that he may have more to answer for that on the controversy than he thinks.
Legal experts quickly reminded him that he may actually need to read the sentencing guidelines before claiming he is cleared, as the document refers ‘Individual-1,’ which was identified as Trump earlier this year.
The New York sentencing recommendation tells a story of Cohen working ‘in coordination with and at the direction of’ Donald Trump – by his own admission – to arrange for the National Enquirer to buy the rights to the two women’s stories and ‘kill’ them, preventing media exposure of their claims.
POTUS has already been labeled as a major subject of interest, complete with the code name: Individual 1 in separate investigations.
Last month, evidence from two separate fronts of special counsel Robert S Mueller’s investigation cast doubt on Trump’s version of key events involving Russia, spelling potential political and legal trouble for the President.
Last month investigators publicly placed Trump as a central figure of their probe into whether his 2016 Presidential campaign and subsequent administration conspired with the Russian government.
Legal experts are not sure whether a sitting President may be indicted for a federal crime or be compelled to testify in court .
Some argue that the Constitution’s provision for presidential impeachment is the only method by which a president could be held to account while still serving.
Others believe an indictment could be brought, but that it could be held in abeyance until the president left office, Fortune magazine report.
Last month Michael Cohen pleaded guilty to lying to Congress when he insisted that Trump was not pursuing plans to build a Trump Tower in Moscow after January 2016.
This cast doubt on Trump’s repeated claims that he had no business interests in Russia in a new light.
A draft special counsel document last month also indicates that prosecutors are closely scrutinizing Trump’s interactions with a longtime adviser, Roger Stone, as Stone was allegedly seeking information about WikiLeaks’ plans to release hacked Democratic emails.
Trump was said to have received direct updates from Cohen as he pursued a Moscow Trump Tower project with the Kremlin up until June 14, 2016.
The president also appears in the draft charging document for Trump ally Jerome Corsi, who allegedly told Stone about WikiLeaks’ plans to release damaging Democratic emails in October of that year because he knew Stone was in ‘regular contact’ with Trump.
The Washington Post reported last month that Trump spoke with Stone the day after he got the alert from Corsi.
Trump has given slightly differing accounts of his Moscow business ties over time. In July 2016, he tweeted: ‘For the record, I have ZERO investments in Russia.” A day later he claimed, “I have nothing to do with Russia’.
In January 2017, he told a reporter: ‘I have no deals that could happen in Russia, because we’ve stayed away’.