Dem senator: Trump 'seems more rattled than usual'

 
"I would maybe suggest that [Cohen’s] sentencing and the president's temper tantrum yesterday were related – I think that he is, the president feels more and more surrounded when his personal lawyer goes to prison,” Brown told reporters on Wednesday afternoon.
 
Brown added that Trump “seems more rattled than usual and he seems even more unpredictable than usual,” citing the president's contentious Oval Office meeting with Senate Democratic Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerTrump goes after Democrats over photo of drowned migrants Schumer displays photo of drowned migrants on Senate floor in appeal to Trump McConnell-backed Super PAC says nominating Roy Moore would be 'gift wrapping' seat to Dems MORE (N.Y.) and House Democratic Leader Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiSenate passes .5 billion border bill, setting up fight with House Pelosi: Congress will receive election security briefing in July Trump says he spoke to Pelosi, McConnell on border package MORE (Calif.) the previous day. 

“To say to two legislative leaders, 'Hey basically I'm proud to shut the government down," is just something President [George H.W.] Bush ... never would've done that ... shutting the government down is not a play-thing,” Brown said. 

Sen. Chris CoonsChristopher (Chris) Andrew CoonsDemocrats want White House hopefuls to cool it on Biden attacks Senators revive effort to create McCain human rights commission Senate Dem to reintroduce bill with new name after 'My Little Pony' confusion MORE (D-Del.) on Wednesday also called Cohen’s sentencing a “striking development” and a "moment for reflection for some of my Republican colleagues who have steadfastly insisted there is nothing to worry about.” 

GOP Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamBooker calls for hearings on reports of ICE using solitary confinement GOP lays debate trap for 2020 Democrats Overnight Defense: Trump says he doesn't need exit strategy with Iran | McConnell open to vote on Iran war authorization | Senate panel advances bill to restrict emergency arms sales MORE (S.C.) conceded that “anytime a former lawyer of yours goes to jail is probably not a good day.” 

Graham, however, noted that Cohen’s guilty plea and subsequent sentencing had nothing to do with Russian collusion – the matter currently being investigated by special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerTop Republican considered Mueller subpoena to box in Democrats Kamala Harris says her Justice Dept would have 'no choice' but to prosecute Trump for obstruction Dem committees win new powers to investigate Trump MORE – but instead focused on hush-money schemes to quash two women's stories about their alleged affairs with Trump before the election.

"I have yet to see any evidence coming from Mr. Cohen of collusion and that's what started the Mueller investigation to begin with – unless there's something new and that could be," Graham told reporters. 
 
"He didn’t plead guilty [to] anything related to doing something wrong with the president in the Russia context."

While Cohen's sentencing in New York did not involve allegations of Russian collusion, his case was initially referred to prosecutors in New York by Mueller's team.
 
Coons, a former prosecutor, argued Wednesday that the latest developments involving Cohen underscore the need to take up legislation protecting Mueller.
 
“President Trump has repeatedly, almost daily criticized the Mueller investigation as being a fraud,  a witch hunt that has no substance to it ... it does not speak directly to collusion, that's correct, but it should give all of us pause about what may be next and it makes it more important than ever that Muller's investigation be protected,” Coons said.

— Molly Hooper