President Donald Trump would face indictment and jail if he wasn’t in the White House, Lanny Davis, the attorney for former Trump fixer Michael Cohen, said Wednesday.
“Yes, he [Trump] committed a crime,” Davis told “CBS This Morning.”
“He should be indicted. If he were not president, he clearly would be indicted and jailed for that crime. Whether he can be indicted as president of course is not yet decided by the Supreme Court.”
Further, Davis said, Trump’s own team of lawyers are “witnesses against him,” and said in a letter to special counsel Robert Mueller “that Donald Trump directed – the same word that Michael Cohen used in court yesterday under oath – directed Michael Cohen to make illegal payments. It’s not a dispute. It’s not about credibility. His own lawyers used the word directed.”
He pointed out that Trump’s current personal lawyer, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, had said Trump reimbursed Cohen for the payments.
“They wrote it to the special counsel that President Trump committed a crime by directing – and why did he direct?” said Davis. “Because he didn’t want his signature on the check. Why? Because he was covering up right before the election. Or else, why didn’t he do it himself?”
Cohen pleaded guilty, in addition to bank and tax fraud charges, to making $280,000 in payments to adult film actress Stormy Daniels and former Playboy model Karen McDougal in 2016 at “the direction of a candidate for federal office.”
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