Fox News contributor and federal prosecutor Andrew McCarthy went on Sunday to counter president Donald Trump’s description of his lawyer as a “rat,” hinting that Trump isn’t using the word correctly and that he may want to use a different phrase. He explains:
“Sir, in mobster lingo, a ‘rat’ is a witness who tells prosecutors real incriminating info,” McCarthy said on Twitter. “Perhaps a different word?”
He also added that searches of a lawyer’s offices are common, and the United States Department of Justice has procedures for them.
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
McCarthy’s comments come at the heels of Trump’s claim that Michael Cohen, his longtime lackey and attorney, became a “rat” after the FBI searched his office in April 2018.
“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,” Trump tweeted early Sunday morning.
“They BROKE INTO AN ATTORNEY’S OFFICE! Why didn’t they break into the DNC to get the Server, or Crooked’s office?”
In April 2018, the FBI raided Cohen’s home and his New York City office, seizing documents and computer files. The search warrants for the raids were partially based from a referral coming from special counsel Robert Mueller. They did not, of course, “break in” to anything — even Cohen noted how professional the agents who carried out the raid behaved during the operation.
Cohen has been sentenced to 36 months in federal prison for crimes he committed while working for Trump. The sentence stems from federal charges in which Cohen pleaded guilty to. Among them, he has admitted to violating campaign finance law by paying off two women who had affairs with Trump more than a decade ago. Prosecutors have said that Cohen worked under the direction of Trump while making these payments, a claim that Trump has denied.
This is probably why Trump is calling Cohen a rat.
Last week, McCarthy stated that the Boston District of New York was “clearly going after the president on campaign finance violations” as part of its case into Cohen, hinting of Trump’s looming indictment.
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