ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) During an interview on CBS' "Face the Nation", Lanny Davis, an adviser to Trump's former personal lawyer Michael Cohen who was sentenced to three years in prison, said President Trump calling Cohen "a rat" in a tweet was "language of a mobster, not of the president".
"This is the top law enforcement officer in our system of government calling somebody who decides to tell the government the truth 'a rat'", Davis said.
"That's the language of a mobster not of the president." Davis went on to say that Cohen "took ownership and personal responsibility for lying and he is going to jail as a consequence".
Davis said Cohen told him he would not take a pardon from Donald Trump if it were handed to him.
Cohen was sentenced to three years in prison on Wednesday December 12th for crimes including orchestrating hush payments to women in violation of campaign laws before the 2016 election, and he promised to keep cooperating with the U.S. government against his former boss.
Trump directed the payment of hush money to two women shortly before the 2016 U.S. presidential election and knew that doing so was wrong, Cohen said in a television interview aired last Friday.
"He directed me to make the payments.
He directed me to become involved in these matters," Cohen told the ABC program "Good Morning America," referring to the $150,000 paid to former Playboy model Karen McDougal and the $130,000 paid to adult film star Stormy Daniels.
Both women have said they had sexual relationships more than a decade ago with Trump, which the president and his representatives have denied.
Trump said on Twitter on Thursday that he had never directed Cohen to do anything illegal, and that Cohen should have known better.
Asked if Trump knew the payments were wrong, Cohen said, "Of course." Cohen bristled at Trump's accusation that he was trying to embarrass the president and protect his own family.
Trump has lashed out at Cohen as "weak" and accused him of lying.
The Republican president told Fox News last Thursday Cohen did only "low-level work" for him, mostly in public relations.