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Trump calls his former lawyer ‘weak’ and ‘a liar’

Donald Trump has called Michael Cohen a “liar,” adding that his former lawyer and personal fixer is “not a very smart person” amid explosive reports he lied about a business project in Russia.

Speaking with reporters before departing from the White House for the G20 summit in Buenos Aires, the president lambasted Cohen after it was reported he pleaded guilty to lying to Congress about work he did on an aborted project to build a Trump Tower in Moscow.

“He is a weak person… Michael Cohen is lying and he’s trying to get a reduced sentence for things that have nothing to do with me,” the president said Thursday.

His remarks arrived shortly after Cohen, flanked by his lawyers, made a surprise appearance in court and admitted to making false statements in 2017 to the US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence about the project.

Cohen told the judge he lied about the timing of the negotiations and other details to be consistent with Trump’s “political message.”

He and prosecutors referred to the president as “individual one” throughout Thursday’s proceedings and said he lied “to be loyal to Individual One.”

Attempting to disassociate from his longtime confidant, Mr Trump continued to assert Cohen “was convicted of other things unrelated to us,” adding, “By being weak unlike other people you watch … he’s lying about a project everybody knew about.”

Source: Independent