President Trump Rails Against Ex-Lawyer: 'Don't Retain the Services of Michael Cohen!'
Cohen implicated the president in a hush money scheme as part of a plea deal.
The president is reeling following what many are calling his worst day after one of Donald Trump's closest associates was found guilty of financial crimes and another struck a plea deal.
Trump's former fixer and lawyer Michael Cohen pleaded guilty to fraud and campaign finance violations after admitting he paid hush money to Stormy Daniels and playmate Karen McDougal at the direction of Trump.
Meanwhile, Trump's onetime campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, was found guilty on eight counts of 18 felony charges he faced, including tax fraud, bank fraud and failing to disclose foreign bank accounts.
On Wednesday, Trump took to Twitter to blast Cohen and call the case against Manafort a "witch hunt."
“Michael Cohen plead guilty to two counts of campaign finance violations that are not a crime,” he tweeted.
He also said that "if anyone is looking for good lawyer," he recommended not hiring Cohen.
“A large number of counts, ten, could not even be decided in the Paul Manafort case,” he tweeted. “Witch Hunt!”
He also said that he felt bad for Manafort and his family.
On "Fox & Friends" Wednesday, Trump said Cohen did not take money from the campaign.
"They weren’t taken out of campaign finance. That’s a much bigger thing…. They did not come out of campaign. They came from me. And I tweeted about it. But they did not come out of campaign,” he said.
The New Republic went so far as to call Tuesday “the worst day yet of Trump's presidency.”
The Washington Post called it “a breathtaking political nightmare for Trump.”
Trump was headed to a rally in West Virginia when the bad news came down. The one-two punch put him in a "foul mood" on Air Force One, according to a report.
"He was unhappy and exasperated,” according to the Post.
And if that wasn't enough, Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler sent Trump a legal notice Wednesday to "cease and desist" using the band's hits at his rallies.
Aerosmith's 1993 hit, “Livin’ on the Edge,” was played as the crowd waited for Trump Tuesday night in West Virginia.
“By using ‘Livin’ On The Edge’ without our client’s permission, Mr. Trump is falsely implying that our client, once again, endorses his campaign and/or his presidency, as evidenced by actual confusion seen from the reactions of our client’s fans all over social media,” the cease-and-desist letter stated from Tyler’s legal team.
In the past, Trump has used the band’s 1973 opus “Dream On” on his rallies, which Tyler’s legal team warned the then-candidate to stop using the song, according to Rolling Stone.
On Tuesday night, Omarosa Manigault Newman released new video of Cohen showing him boarding Trump’s plane during the election, which she said shows he was very much involved in the campaign.
Cohen's attorney Lanny Davis made the rounds of all the networks Wednesday but was laughed at when he asked for donations to help pay Cohen’s legal bills.
“We're hoping that he will get some help from the American people so he can continue to tell the truth,” he said on Megyn Kelly’s hour of the “Today” show.
The audience laughed at the remark.
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