- President Donald Trump said Friday that he’s not worried about his longtime lawyer, Michael Cohen, flipping on him.
- Trump said he hasn’t spoken with Cohen in a while.
- The president said Cohen is no longer his lawyer.
President Donald Trump had a testy exchange with a reporter outside the White House on Friday as she pressed him about his longtime lawyer Michael Cohen, who is under federal criminal investigation.
Asked if he was worried that Cohen will “flip” on him and provide the government with potentially damaging information, Trump said he wasn’t worried at all.
“I did nothing wrong,” he said. “You have to understand, this stuff would have come out a long time ago. I did nothing wrong. I don’t do anything wrong.”
Trump added that he “always liked Michael,” though he said he hasn’t “spoken to Michael in a long time.”
“He’s not my lawyer anymore,” Trump said. “But I always liked Michael, and he’s a good person.”
As the reporter continued to press Trump on whether he was worried about Cohen flipping on him, Trump pushed back.
“Excuse me, do you mind if I talk?” the president said. “You’re asking me a question, I’m trying to answer.”
He then addressed the question, saying he was “not worried because I did nothing wrong.”
Watch the exchange:
President Trump says Michael Cohen is no longer his personal lawyer: "I haven't spoken to Michael in a long time" https://t.co/I8Ez4bIh1n
— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) June 15, 2018
Cohen is under investigation in the Southern District of New York for possible campaign finance violations, bank fraud, wire fraud,illegal lobbying, and other potential crimes. He has not been charged. The ongoing investigation followed April’s FBI raids on Cohen’s home, office, and hotel room.
At the center of Cohen’s troubles is a $US130,000 hush-money payment that he facilitated to porn star Stormy Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, just weeks before the 2016 presidential election to keep her quiet about her allegation of a 2006 affair with Trump. the FBI sought documents related to that payment and other similar agreements with women during the April raids.
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