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Trump Reacts to Cohen Memo by Claiming It ‘Totally Clears the President’

Mediaite logo Mediaite 12/7/2018 Tamar Auber
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On Friday night,  President Donald Trump declared he was totally cleared by the Michael Cohen documents in a 6-word tweet reading simply: “Totally clears the President. Thank you!”

The Southern District of New York Memo read, in part, “Cohen, an attorney and businessman committed four distinct federal crimes over a period of several years. He was motivated to do so by personal greed, and repeatedly used his power and influence for deceptive ends. Now he seeks extraordinary leniency – a sentence of no jail time – based principally on his rose-colored view of the seriousness of the crimes.”

The memo also makes reference multiple times to “Individual -1,” identified as Donald Trump, reading, “Cohen publicly and privately took credit for Individual-1’s political success, claiming – in a conversation that he secretly recorded – that he ‘started the whole thing …started the whole campaign’ in 2012 when Individual-1 expressed an interest in running for President.”

It is unclear how exactly Trump thinks the sentencing memo exonerates him.

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