President Donald Trump’s use of the word “rat” to attack his former personal attorney and fixer Michael Cohen is more evocative of a “mob boss” than a president, a Democratic senator said Monday.
Sen. Chris Coons, a Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, painted Trump’s claims that the FBI “broke into” Cohen’s office earlier this year — the bureau had a warrant to do so — as a clear attempt to undermine law enforcement and mislead Americans about the various investigations into the president.
Trump on Sunday wrote on Twitter that Cohen “only became a ‘Rat’ after the FBI did something which was absolutely unthinkable & unheard of until the Witch Hunt was illegally started.” He falsely claimed that the FBI “BROKE INTO AN ATTORNEY’S OFFICE” and rhetorically asked his followers why the FBI had not done the same at the Democratic National Committee to investigate email hacks there, or for Hillary Clinton, who at one point was under investigation by the FBI for her use of a personal email server during her tenure as secretary of state.
“The idea that the FBI broke into his attorney’s office runs right up against the foundation of our law, which is the FBI was executing a duly authorized warrant,” Coons said in an interview on CNN’s “New Day.” [Continue reading…]
Sir, in mobster lingo, a ‘rat’ is a witness who tells prosecutors real incriminating info. Perhaps a different word? Searches of lawyer’s offices common enough that DOJ has a procedure for them. Here it yielded evidence of crimes you said he should be jailed for. You should stop. https://t.co/EV1txBYrhz
— Andy McCarthy (@AndrewCMcCarthy) December 16, 2018