Washington — US President Donald Trump called Monday for “a long prison term” after his ex-lawyer Michael Cohen admitted lying to Congress about pursuing a real estate deal with Russia on Trump’s behalf during the 2016 election campaign.
He also repeated his accusation that Special Counsel Robert Mueller — who is investigating possible collusion between Russia and Trump’s campaign — is forcing witnesses to make up lies damaging to the president.
“You mean he can do all of the terrible, unrelated to Trump, things having to do with fraud, big loans, taxes and not serve a long prison term?” the president said on Twitter.
“He lied for this outcome and should, in my opinion, serve a full and complete sentence,” Trump added.
Cohen, once one of the president’s closest allies and a top executive at The Trump Organization, last week admitted lying in testimony about contacts with powerful Moscow figures over building a Trump Tower in Moscow.
Those contacts, including with a top aide to President Vladimir Putin, continued throughout the first half of 2016 even after Trump secured the Republican nomination for president, Cohen admitted.