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President Donald Trump's former lawyer Michael Cohen exits Federal Court after entering a guilty plea in Manhattan, New York City, November 29, 2018

Andrew Kelly | Reuters
President Donald Trump's former lawyer Michael Cohen exits Federal Court after entering a guilty plea in Manhattan, New York City, November 29, 2018

An angry President Donald Trump on Monday called for his ex-personal lawyer Michael Cohen to receive a stiff prison sentence for his admitted crimes, as he accused Cohen of making up “stories to get a GREAT & ALREADY reduced deal for himself.”

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Trump’ latest rants came three days after lawyers for Cohen asked a judge in a court filing to give him no prison time when he is sentenced Dec. 12 in U.S. District Court in Manhattan for charges brought by Mueller and other federal prosecutors.

Cohen theoretically could get up to 70 years in prison if sentenced to consecutive terms for all his crimes. But sentencing guidelines would call for any prison term to be much less than that, in the range of several years.

Cohen, 52, pleaded guilty in August to multiple counts of tax evasion, lying to a bank, and campaign finance violations.

Although Trump’s tweet suggested that those crimes are unrelated to the president, the campaign violations that Cohen admitted committing involved hush-money payments the lawyer facilitated to two women, porn star Stormy Daniels and Playboy model Karen McDougal, who claim to have had affairs with the president more than a decade ago.

Last week, Cohen also admitted lying to Congress in 2017 by making a statement that minimized Trump’s involvement in an aborted real estate project in Russia, and by claiming efforts for that project ended months earlier than they did.

In their court filing Friday, Cohen’s lawyers noted that he is cooperating Mueller’s ongoing investigation, and that he also has met with New York state tax officials who are also probing the president.

Less than a half hour after zinging Cohen, the president in another tweet credited Stone with not being willing to “make up lies about ‘President Trump.’ “

“Nice to know that some people still have ‘guts!'” Trump tweeted about Stone, who is also under investigation by Mueller.

The president then followed with a volley at Mueller, who is continuing to probe possible obstruction of justice by Trump, Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, and possible collusion by Trump’s campaign. Trump has denied any wrongdoing.

The series of tweets underscores the fact that Trump has been unable to keep his fury over Mueller’s probe from becoming public, even as the stock market reacted positively Monday to the president reaching a new temporary truce in a trade war with China.

George Conway, a Republican lawyer critical of the president who is also married to Trump’s senior advisor Kellyanne Conway, responded to Trump by referring to the sections of the federal criminal code that apply to witness tampering, and to influencing or injuring a grand juror or other officer of a court.

CNBC has reached out to the White House, a lawyer for Cohen and Mueller’s spokesman for comment.

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