The preside said on Sunday that he is “an innocent man,” and also claimed that special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation is “illegal.”
Trump lashed out on his Twitter feed at his former lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen, Democrats, Mueller, the “Fake Media,” and an unnamed “other.”
After more than two years of Presidential Harassment, the only things that have been proven is that Democrats and other broke the law. The hostile Cohen testimony, given by a liar to reduce his prison time, proved no Collusion! His just written book manuscript showed what he…..— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 3, 2019
Trump claimed that Cohen had testified to a congressional committee last week trying to reduce his three-year prison term. Cohen noted during his testimony that any so-called Rule 35 motion he files to have his prison sentence reduced would be contingent on information he is sharing with federal prosecutors in Manhattan, not on the congressional hearing.
…said was a total lie, but Fake Media won’t show it. I am an innocent man being persecuted by some very bad, conflicted & corrupt people in a Witch Hunt that is illegal & should never have been allowed to start – And only because I won the Election! Despite this, great success!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 3, 2019
The president also said that Cohen’s testimony “proved” that Trump’s campaign did not collude with Russian agents who interfered in the 2016 presidential election. During his testimony last week, Cohen said he did not have direct knowledge of any collusion the Trump campaign with Russian “but I have my suspicions.” Additionally, Trump claimed that Cohen has writen a “book manuscript” that the media refuses to show.
House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler said Sunday on ABC News’s “This Week” that he believes that Trump obstructed justice. Nadler, D-NY, also said his committee will request documents from more than five dozen people in the president’s circle, including his son Donald Trump Jr. and top Trump Organization executive Allen Weisselberg. This is the committee the would initiate any impeachment hearings.
Trump has for a time angrily complained about Mueller’s ongoing probe of Russian election tampering and of possible collusion by the Trump campaign; as well as possible obstruction of justice by the president.
Trump denies any wrongdoing.
Mueller has obtained guilty pleas to a range of crimes from mulitple people who worked for Trump or his campaign: Cohen, former national security advisor Michael Flynn, former campaign chair Paul Manafort, ex-campaign and inaugural official Rick Gates, and former foreign policy advisor George Papadopolous.
Mueller earlier this year charged Trump friend Roger Stone with lying to Congress and other crimes.