President Donald Trump told Fox News Thursday that cooperation agreements made in order to shorten jail sentences in exchange for valuable information are “not fair” and “almost ought to be outlawed.”
In a sit-down interview with Fox News’ Ainsley Earhardt, Trump heavily criticized his former attorney Michael Cohen for taking a guilty plea deal with investigators Tuesday and implicating Trump in a campaign finance violation committed ahead of the 2016 election.
Trump accused Cohen of making “up stories” about him in order to get a shorter jail sentence. The president went as far as suggesting that the act of making cooperation agreements, often referred to as “flipping,” should be outlawed.
Trump’s comments came after a frenzied day of criminal trials on Tuesday in which Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort was found guilty on eight of 18 counts of tax fraud and Cohen pled guilty to eight criminal counts, including violations of campaign finance law.
Several pundits, especially on the left, have criticized Trump’s recent legal troubles and apparent sympathy for corruption (Trump tweeted Wednesday that he felt “very badly” for Manafort) as contradicting his stated 2016 campaign promise to “drain the swamp.”