24 Amazing Quotes from Donald Trump’s Fox News Interview 2018/08/23

On August 23, 2018 Donald trump was interviewed by Ainsley Earhardt on Fox News. The following are 24 astounding quotations that Trump made:

  1. “Well I don’t know if he was a fixer. I don’t know where that term came from.”

Michael Cohen, at the direction of Trump, set up a shell company and negotiated payoffs to Stormy Daniels and Karen McDougal – who alleged they had affairs with Trump.

  1. “But he was somebody that was probably with me for about 10 years and I would see him sometimes.”

Cohen was Trump’s personal lawyer and would often be involved in his many deals.

  1. “He made the deal. He made the deals.”

Earhardt had asked Trump whether he directed Cohen to make the payments to Daniels and McDougal – Trump’s response is not a direct answer. The issue is not who made the deals, but who directed the deals to be made.

  1. “Those two counts aren’t even a crime. They weren’t campaign finance.”

Trump effectively make a campaign loan to Cohen to resolve the problems. Trump never disclosed that loan. Cohen has now testified that Trump “directed” and “coordinated” him to make the payments for the express purpose of influencing the election.

During court appearance Michael Cohen says he made the campaign finance violations 'in coordination and at the direction of a candidate for federal office' Cartoon caricature APT

  1. “Later on I knew. Later on.”

This was Trump’s response as to when he knew about the payments that Cohen made to Daniels and McDougal. In April 2018, on Air Force One, Trump had this exchange with a reporter:

Reporter: “Did you know about the $130,000 payment to Stormy Daniels?”

Trump: “No.”

Reporter: “Then why did Michael Cohen make [the payment], if there was no truth to her allegations?”

Trump: “You’ll have to ask Michael Cohen. Michael’s my attorney, and you’ll have to ask Michael.”

Reporter: “Do you know where he got the money to make that payment?”

Trump: “No I don’t know.

The Stormy Daniels Scandal - From nondisclosure agreement, to confirmation of $130,000 payment, to denial, to Rudy Giuliani and contradiction. Donald Trump cartoon caricature APT

  1. “If you look at President Obama, he had a massive campaign violation but he had a different attorney general and they viewed it a lot differently.”

Barack Obama’s campaign was fined $375,000 by the FEC in 2013 for failure to file 48-hour contribution reports – donations made within the final weeks of a campaign, which totalled $1.3 million. The oversight was discovered in an audit of the Obama campaign.

In this situation we are looking at Trump directing end-run of campaign finance laws in hopes of suppressing allegations made by women. Trump did this, according to Cohen, with the express purpose of influencing the election.

  1. “But what Michael Cohen pled to weren’t even campaign related. They weren’t crimes.”

  2. “You know, campaign violations are considered not a big deal, frankly.”

Cohen has pleaded guilty to two campaign finance crimes on Tuesday. The Southern District of New York is probably best informed in what campaign finance laws are

  1. “For 30, 40 years I’ve been watching flippers. Everything’s wonderful and then they get 10 years in jail and they — they flip on whoever the next highest one is, or as high as you can go.”

  2. “It — it almost ought to be outlawed. It’s not fair.”

  3. “I’ve had many friends involved in this stuff. It’s called flipping and it almost ought to be illegal.”

According to a 1981 FBI memo, Trump offered to ‘fully cooperate’ with the bureau when he was considering building a casino in Atlantic City, suggesting they use undercover agents within the casino.

Trump's Fox News Interview - flipping ought to be illegal. According to 1981 memo he offered to fully corporate with the FBI. Donalt Trump cartoon caricature APT

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  1. “I’ll tell you than somebody made a better deal. Awan, the IT guy for Shultz. Congresswoman Shultz. He had all the information on Democrats. He had all the information on everybody. He went to jail holding the hands of the Justice Department and the FBI.”

Imran Awan, a former staffer for Florida Democratic Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the former head of the Democratic National Committee pleaded guilty last month to filing a false statement on a bank loan application.

In the plea deal with Awan, the government said that there was zero evidence that Awan stole information from DNC servers or tried to abscond with the servers themselves.

  1. “I mean, he was worse than anybody in my opinion. He got nothing. He’s a Democrat. He got nothing.”

Awan was sentenced to time served earlier this week. At Awan’s sentencing hearing, the district judge said the following:

“There have been numerous allegations, accusations lobbed at him from the highest branches of the government, all of which have been proved to be without foundation by the FBI and the Department of Justice.”

  1. “He had a really nasty business transaction with me, which he never reported. I’ve been talking about it, he never reports it.”

This is in reference to Robert Mueller and Donald trump’s business dealings. The New York Times reported that Trump has claimed was a dispute over fees at one of his golf clubs when Mueller resigned his membership in 2011. A spokesman for Robert Mueller said there was no dispute when Mueller left the club.

  1. “He wasn’t with the campaign long.”

This was Trump talking about Manfort’s contribution to his campaign. Manafort was Trump’s campaign manager from April 2016 until August 2016. During this time period, Trump went from the front-runner for the Republican nomination to securing it.

  1. “I put in an attorney general that never took control of the Justice Department. Jeff Sessions never took control of the Justice Department and it’s a sort of an incredible thing.”

  2. “When everybody see’s what going on in the Justice Department I always put justice now with quotes. It’s a very, very sad day. Jeff Sessions recused himself, which he shouldn’t have done. Or he should have told me.”

  3. “Even my enemies say that Jeff Sessions should have told you that he was going to recuse himself and then you wouldn’t have put him in.”

  4. “You know the only reason I gave him the job. Because I felt loyalty, he was an original supporter. He was on the campaign.”

Trump continues to attack Attorney General Jeff Sessions

Trump on Sessions - Jeff Sessions never took control of the Justice Department. Donald Trump cartoon caricature APT

  1. “I don’t know how you can impeach somebody who’s done a great job.”

  2. “I tell you what, if I ever got impeached, I think the market would crash, I think everybody would be very poor.”

  3. “So I give myself an A-plus.”

  4. “The only thing … I’m doing badly on is the press doesn’t cover me fairly.”

  5. “I would say I would honestly give myself an A-plus and so would many other people.”

Trump holds himself in such high regard it is almost unbelievable. Without Trump apparently the American economy would crash.

Trump's Fox News Interview - I would say I would honestly give myself an a-plus. Donald Trump cartoon caricature APT

 

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