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Trump blasts Cohen as ‘weak person’


President Trump on Thursday blasted his former personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, as a “weak person” for pleading guilty to lying to Congress in special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe.

Trump accused Cohen of “lying” in order to get a reduced sentence.

“He’s trying to get a much lesser sentence by making up the story,” he said, adding “everybody knows about this deal.”

Cohen, who served for years as Trump’s personal lawyer, pleaded guilty on Thursday morning to one count of making false statements to Congress related to his testimony about communications with Russia during the 2016 presidential campaign.

Cohen said he was untruthful about his involvement in a proposal to build a Trump property in Russia.

Cohen previously told Congress that negotiations to build a Trump Tower deal in Moscow ended in January 2016, but emails showed that he continued to talk with a Russian developer about the project into the summer of 2016.

As he exited a New York courthouse on Thursday morning, Cohen remained quiet as his lawyer issued a brief comment to reporters.

“Mr. Cohen has cooperated. Mr. Cohen will continue to cooperate,” the attorney said.

Sentencing for Cohen is set for Dec. 12, the attorney added.

Cohen, who once said he would “take a bullet” for Trump, is the latest former associate of the president to reach a plea deal with Mueller as part of his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

The president earlier this year offered a similar condemnation of Cohen after his former attorney pleaded guilty to violating campaign finance laws at Trump's direction.

The charges stemmed from a $130,000 nondisclosure payment he gave to Stormy Daniels to silence the adult-film star, who claims to have had an affair with Trump more than a decade ago.

Trump has since claimed that Cohen was lying about the case in order to get a deal from prosecutors.

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