Washington: President Donald Trump called his former personal lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen - who was sentenced to three years in prison after cooperating with prosecutors in several investigations, including the so-called “Russia probe” - a “rat” on Twitter. “Remember, Michael Cohen only became a ‘Rat’ after the FBI did something which was absolutely unthinkable & unheard of until the Witch Hunt was illegally started,” EFE news quoted Trump as saying in a tweet on Sunday.
The term “rat” is traditionally used in an organized crime to refer to a “turncoat” or “informer” who has confessed to authorities and given law enforcement authorities inside information about the organisation. Trump went on to say in the same Twitter post: “They BROKE INTO AN ATTORNEY’S OFFICE! Why didn’t they break into the DNC to get the Server, or Crooked’s office?” The initials DNC refers to the Democratic National Committee and “Crooked” is one of Trump’s favourite expressions for former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, whom he defeated in the 2016 election and whose use of a private email server to send certain official emails while she was secretary of state - deemed by the FBI to have been reckless but not harmful to national security - he continually mentions. (IANS)
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