Donald Trump Claims Cohen Filings 'Clear' Him, Legal Experts Disagree
8th December 2018

“Totally clears the President. Thank you!” President Donald Trump tweeted today in response to two court filings submitted by Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team and New York federal prosecutors. The two sentencing memos against Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen, published by Axios, recommend that Cohen serves between 51 and 63 months for four crimes: Illegal campaign contributions, making false statements to the United States Congress, making false statements to a financial institution, and willful tax evasion.

While Trump may think that the Cohen filings “clear” him, legal experts disagree. Reacting to the president’s Twitter message, a slew of legal experts took to social media to point out how devastating the Cohen filings could be for Donald Trump’s presidency, Alternet reports. According to former Federal Prosecutor Mimi Rocah, the Cohen filings “totally implicate” Trump.

“Just to make it crystal clear, New York federal prosecutors concluded that the President of the United States committed a felony,” former Federal Prosecutor Renato Mariotti opined, while University of Alabama Law Professor Joyce Alene went a step further, calling Donald Trump a “crook.” Former Special Counsel observed that Robert Mueller “nailed” Michael Cohen for “lying to the public,” which should “send shivers” down the spines of Donald Trump, his son Donald Trump Jr., longtime Republican operative Roger Stone, and other individuals implicated in the case.

“Tell me again why Trump’s business interests aren’t a relevant concern?” National security lawyer Bradley P. Moss asked, pointing out that Trump Jr. wasn’t the only individual approached by Russian nationals, according to the Cohen filings, but that Cohen himself was approached by the Kremlin in order to “pursue a political synergy” in return for help with building a Trump Tower in Moscow. White House counselor and former Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway’s husband — who happens to be a staunch Trump critic — added that Trump “coordinated with Cohen” in order to commit two felonies.

MSNBC legal analyst and former Department of Justice official Matthew Miller alleged in a Twitter message that court filings against Michael Cohen show that the Trump campaign violated campaign finance laws in an effort to sway the 2016 presidential election.

This is not the first time for legal experts to predict the end of Donald Trump’s presidency. Their predictions have, evidently, not come true thus far, but as Robert Mueller and his team march on, many are joining the choir and arguing that the walls are closing in on Donald Trump. Most recently, as ABC News reported, a slew of legal experts took to Twitter to argue that Donald Trump’s tweets about Roger Stone could constitute either obstruction of justice, or witness tampering.

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