According to Trump, this makes his ex-lawyer a "rat".
Remember, Michael Cohen only became a "rat" after the FBI did something that was absolutely unthinkable and inaudible until the witch hunt started illegally. They broke into an employee's office Why did not they break into the DNC to get Crooked's server or office?
– Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 16, 2018
Fox News contributor and former US Attorney Andrew McCarthy told Trump via Twitter that he might want to pick a different word.
Sir, in Gangster Lingo, a "rat" is a witness who tells prosecutors really incriminating information. Maybe another word? Law firm searches are so common that the DOJ has a procedure for them. Here it has provided evidence of crimes that you said should be imprisoned for it. You should stop. https://t.co/EV1txBYrhz[19459003-AndyMcCarthy(@AndrewCMcCarthy) December 16, 2018
McCarthy was not the only one who pointed to the definition:
I worked for mafia cases in years SDNY, mainly Gambino and Genovese. I usually hesitate to make this comparison, but here it is fully justified. This – calling someone "law enforcement" information – is a downright mobboss language. https://t.co/K8w46rVMP5[19459003-ElieHonig(@eliehonig) December 16, 2018
I've never heard of an official calling a "rat" to someone working with law enforcement, until Trump did that. That's a term criminals use. https://t.co/JgfEDpXUXW[19459003-RenatoMariotti(@renato_mariotti) December 16, 2018
Trump's ignorance of the criminal justice system is insane. Prosecutors receive "search warrants" from federal judges, showing the probable cause in accordance with the fourth amendment, as they did in Cohen's search. Trump sees rats and witch hunts only in cases where he is at risk https://t.co/CznxrP3dbm[19459003-JoyceAlene(@JoyceWhiteVance) December 16, 2018
– Andy Ostroy (@AndyOstroy) December 16, 2018
The president wrote a lexicon of a gangster this August. Whatever one thinks of M. Cohen – for @POTUS to call him a "rat" – absolutely shameful and indecent.
And DOJ does not "crash" into law firms for a reason. https://t.co/wahhQ3WDx1[19459003-JamesAGagliano(@JamesAGagliano) December 16, 2018