President Donald Trump on Thursday revived his past defenses that he did not violate campaign finance laws, rejecting testimony from his former lawyer Michael Cohen, who said the president reimbursed him for an illegal hush-money payment.
“It was not a campaign contribution, and there were no violations of the campaign finance laws by me. Fake News!” Trump tweeted.
It is unclear what prompted the president’s defense.
Cohen, the president’s longtime fixer, testified last week before the House Oversight Committee on Capitol Hill, where he spoke about illegal hush-money payments that he had arranged. Cohen also claimed that Trump repaid him for a payment to adult film actress Stormy Daniels, who claims to have had an affair with the president.
The president’s former lawyer also testified behind closed doors before other committees across two days last week and again on Wednesday.
Cohen was sentenced to three years in prison last December for tax fraud, lying to Congress and campaign-finance violations connected to the hush-money payments and is scheduled to report to prison May 6.
Trump switched his online focus to immigration later Thursday morning.
“We are on track to APPREHEND more than one million people coming across the Southern Border this year,” the president tweeted. “Great job by Border Patrol (and others) who are working in a Broken System. Can be fixed by Congress so easily and quickly if only the Democrats would get on board!”
Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen claimed Wednesday that the U.S. is on track to apprehend more than 900,000 migrants along the U.S-Mexico border this fiscal year while testifying to Congress in support of the president’s national emergency declaration aimed at funding construction of a wall along the southern border.
The number of migrants arrested at the border since the beginning of the fiscal year in October has also reached record numbers, with 136,150 people traveling in families apprehended at the U.S-Mexico border between October and February.
Last fiscal year, 107,212 people were arrested.