President Donald Trump “stands up for people in his inner circle,” and his defense of Michael Cohen in the wake of an FBI raid of his office is because Trump feels his personal lawyer is “being treated unfairly,” White House counsel Kellyanne Conway said Sunday.
In an interview on CNN’s “State of the Union,” Conway pushed back hard on suggestions that Trump, in his tweeted defense of Cohen, is “worried” that Cohen will tell federal authorities something that could harm Trump.
“The president's concerns have been for Michael Cohen and the way he has been treated,” Conway said. “I see people go on TV constantly who don't know President Trump at all and say he is loyal to no one but himself. That is completely not true. He stands up for people in his inner circle and people he knows when he thinks they are being treated unfairly. He shows a great sense of loyalty to people.”
“Can you tell me that the President isn't tweeting concern because he is in potential legal jeopardy given whatever he knows that Michael Cohen has that the feds now have from the search? “ host Dana Bash asked.
“The President is talking about Michael Cohen here,” Conway responded. “The Southern District of New York has jurisdiction over this case and the President has made clear that he thinks this is an overwrought process.”
She also said she didn’t know who Trump was referencing when he tweeted criticism of a New York Times’ source as a “drunk/drugged up loser.”
“You can read the article,” Conway said sarcastically. “I'm sure CNN will be talking about it for the next week,” adding that the discussion should be aimed at the confirmation of CIA Director Mike Pompeo as a new secretary of state “so the chief diplomat can go back over to North Korea and elsewhere to sit down and try to denuclearize the Korean peninsula, which is in everybody's interest.”
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