President Trump on Monday highlighted a contrast between a former ally and a current one, and he hopes the former ally spends a long time in prison. The man he wants to see in jail is Michael Cohen, who is cooperating with Robert Mueller's investigation after taking a plea deal. “Michael Cohen asks judge for no Prison Time," tweeted Trump. "You mean he can do all of the TERRIBLE, unrelated to Trump, things having to do with fraud, big loans, Taxis, etc., and not serve a long prison term?" He accused Cohen of making up "stories to get a GREAT & ALREADY reduced deal for himself" and should, "in my opinion, serve a full and complete sentence." In the same Twitter stream, Trump drew a contrast to Roger Stone. Details and developments:
- A promise: Trump took note of Stone's weekend vow that he will never testify against the president. "He will not be forced by a rogue and out of control prosecutor to make up lies and stories about 'President Trump,'" wrote Trump. "Nice to know that some people still have 'guts!'”
- What Stone said: "There's no circumstance under which I would testify against the president, because I'd have to bear false witness against him," Stone told ABC's This Week, per Fox News. "I'd have to make things up, and I'm not going to do that." Stone insisted he had no contact with Julian Assange of WikiLeaks in regard to the leak of Democratic emails, something Mueller is investigating.
- A slam: Attorney George Conway, a frequent critic of Trump who also is the husband of Trump aide Kellyanne Conway, responded to Trump's Stone tweet with one of his own. It referenced sections of the federal criminal code dealing with witness tampering, among other things, reports CNBC.