This is genuinely looking like witness tampering.
The president's critics contend such statements about individuals who refuse to testify against him or give up potentially damaging information are signs he might pardon them, should they face federal charges.
A prominent conservative writer at the heart of Robert Mueller's ongoing Russian Federation probe filed a criminal complaint against the special counsel this week; accusing the federal investigator's team of seeking "false testimony".
President Donald Trump on Monday called for a "full and complete" sentence for his former lawyer Michael Cohen, accusing him of lying about Trump's business dealings with Russian Federation during the 2016 presidential campaign to get reduced jail time.
Last week Cohen also admitted to lying in testimony about contacts with powerful Moscow figures over building a Trump Tower in Moscow.
Cohen, once Trump's self-described "fixer", admitted he lied to Congress when he said efforts to pursue the Moscow project ended in January 2016, when they actually continued until June 2016, after Trump had clinched the Republican presidential nomination. Also, Paul Manafort, a convicted felon who just blew up his cooperation deal with Mueller, is "a fearless man" who "refused to 'break'" and therefore has earned "such respect" from Trump.
"You mean he can do all of the bad, unrelated to Trump, things having to do with fraud, big loans, Taxis, etc., and not serve a long prison term?" He further accused Cohen of fabricating "stories to get a GREAT & ALREADY reduced deal for himself". It went on to say, "He lied for this outcome and should, in my opinion, serve a full and complete sentence".
China agrees to 'reduce and remove' tariffs on US cars
He said under the deal China would buy a "tremendous amount of agricultural and other product" from the United States. That the deal was done at the leaders' level also underscores a particular phenomenon of the Trump presidency.
Stone said the idea that Trump's tweet amount to witness tampering is "hysterical".
If you click on the "G-20.In" link Giuliani inadvertently created, you'll get a comment about Trump. "'They only want lies".
Trump's message had an immediate effect on supporters.
While Corsi admitted to communicating with Stone about the WikiLeaks hack once confronted with the emails, he maintains that he did not know of WikiLeaks's plans in advance and did not in any way coordinate the release of the hacked information.
The complaint, which Corsi had threatened for days, is the latest escalation between Mueller's team and its investigation targets. In recent weeks, Trump has sharpened his criticism, accusing Mueller's prosecutors of dirty tactics and pressuring witnesses to lie. Which, of course, someone turned into a website trolling the president.
On Friday, Cohen, who had already admitted to multiple counts of tax evasion, financial fraud, and campaign finance violations, asked the NY federal court for a "time served" sentence. He said Trump directed him to arrange the payment of hush money to porn star Stormy Daniels and a former Playboy model in the run-up to the 2016 campaign.
In a pre-sentencing pitch to the court on Friday, Cohen's lawyers asked that he be given no jail time, noting his ongoing cooperation with Mueller's sprawling investigation.
Whether - or when - a president can be prosecuted remains a matter of legal dispute. Two women had alleged extramarital affairs with Trump, which the president denies.