Lawyers 'Don't Go Rogue on You': Wallace on Trump's Claim He 'Never Directed' Cohen to Break Law
"Fox News Sunday" anchor Chris Wallace expressed doubt about President Trump's contention that he never directed his former attorney Michael Cohen to make hush-money payments to women.
In an exclusive interview with Harris Faulkner and on Twitter Thursday, the president was adamant that he never asked Cohen to break the law.
Cohen was sentenced to three years in prison Wednesday after admitting to tax evasion, lying to Congress and violating campaign finance laws with the payments on behalf of then-candidate Trump to Playboy model Karen McDougal and adult film star Stormy Daniels.
"I never directed Michael Cohen to break the law. He was a lawyer and he is supposed to know the law. It is called 'advice of counsel,' and a lawyer has great liability if a mistake is made. That is why they get paid," Trump wrote on Twitter.
Speaking to Dana Perino Wednesday, Wallace emphasized that Cohen was Trump's chief counsel, his fixer and "the guy you had to go see if you wanted to get something done with Donald Trump," not a lower-level employee.
He said he's surprised by Trump's argument that Cohen was acting on his own.
"Last time I checked, a lawyer does what you ask him to do. ... It's not like they go rogue on you," said Wallace, pointing out that the White House still may have more issues to deal with if Mueller comes out with new filings related to Russian collusion or obstruction of justice.
"There is no indication he's gotten off that subject."
He continued that prosecutors wrote in a recent filing that Cohen was in contact with the White House around the time he lied to Congress, suggesting others knew he was going to lie.
Wallace said if Cohen has proof to back up the assertion, that would mean there was "an accomplice to lying to Congress" within the White House.
Watch the discussion above.