READ: Donald Trump Tells the AP: ‘Michael Cohen Was a PR Person Who Did Small Legal Work…He Represented Me Very Little’

In a further effort to distance himself from the criminal activity performed on his behalf, President Donald Trump dismissed the idea that he and former lawyer Michael Cohen, who recently pled guilty to campaign finance fraud, had a close professional relationship.

In an interview with AP, the president insisted that Cohen, who became known during the 2016 campaign as Trump’s “fixer” and made numerous television appearances to vouch for the president, was actually just a “PR person who did small legal work.”

Perhaps most stunningly, the president claimed that Cohen’s crimes had nothing to do with him:

“Michael Cohen was a PR person who did small legal work, very small legal work.”

As Senior Political Reporter for The Washington Post Aaron Blake points out, this is not the case.

In reality, Michael Cohen was Trump’s personal lawyer for over a decade; from before the election of Barack Obama until nearly two years after Trump’s own ascent to the White House. Their closeness often led Cohen to be one of the president’s most vociferous defenders.

Cohen even implied once that he’d give his life for Donald Trump.

“I’m the guy who stops the leaks. I’m the guy who protects the president and the family. I’m the guy who would take a bullet for the president”

When Cohen initially landed in hot water for what would ultimately be his downfall, Trump returned the favor.

Now, Twitter users aren’t about to let Trump forget that he and Cohen were bosom buddies.

Some are calling out the president’s attempted dismissal of Cohen’s guilty plea, which implicated then-candidate Trump as well.

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