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DOJ veterans say Trump's latest defense in the Michael Cohen case is rarely successful and could spectacularly backfire on him

1 month ago   |   By Business Insider

President Donald Trump took to Twitter Thursday to assert his innocence after his former lawyer, Michael Cohen, admitted to violating campaign-finance laws at his boss's direction.
Trump said it is Cohen's own fault if he did anything on Trump's behalf that was illegal.
Trump's defense is known as the "advice of counsel" defense, and DOJ veterans told INSIDER it is a rarely invoked and rarely successful strategy.
The defense doesn't apply if both the lawyer and the client are on the same page that what they're doing could be illegal.
If a client invokes the defense, it also means they...
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President Trump Renews Claim He Didn't Tell His Former Lawyer Michael Cohen to Break the Law

President Trump Renews Claim He Didn't Tell His Former Lawyer Michael Cohen to Break the Law

1 month ago   |   By Fortune

President Donald Trump on Thursday continued to insist he's innocent of wrongdoing in connection with the crimes for which Michael Cohen, his former lawyer, was sentenced Wednesday by a New York federal judge to prison for three years .
Cohen pleaded guilty to several charges, including violations of campaign finance laws and his role in paying hush money on Trump's behalf to adult film star and former Playboy model Karen McDougal.
On Twitter the president wrote: “I never directed Michael Cohen to break the law. He was a lawyer and he is supposed to know the law. It is called "advice of...
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The Daily 202: Six key quotes from Michael Cohen's sentencing - and why his ‘dirty deeds' matter

1 month ago   |   By The Washington Post

Trump says he “never directed” Cohen to break the law, as Mueller's team declines to elaborate on what the president's former fixer has divulged to them.
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Trump again changes tune on hush money payments, claims he 'never directed' Michael Cohen 'to break the law'

1 month ago   |   By NY Daily News

President Trump just can't keep his story straight. The commander-in-chief, weighing in for the first time after his longtime personal lawyer was sentenced to three years in prison, claimed Thursday that he “never directed Michael Cohen to break the law.” Trump has repeatedly changed his tune about...
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WATCH: Trump denies he 'directed' Cohen to break the law

1 month ago   |   By ABC News

President Trump has reacted for the first time to Michael Cohen's sentencing.
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Trump denies ordering Michael Cohen to break the law

Trump denies ordering Michael Cohen to break the law

1 month ago   |   By New York Post

President Trump on Thursday denied ever ordering Michael Cohen to break the law - a day after his former personal attorney and “fixer” was sentenced to three years for financial crimes that included hush payments to two women before the 2016 election. “I never directed Michael Cohen to break the law. He was a lawyer...
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