President Donald Trump decried those who testify against former confidants to ease legal troubles, bemoaning the practice in an interview aired Thursday.
"It's called flipping and it almost ought to be illegal," Trump told Fox News.
"You get 10 years in jail. But if you say bad things about somebody. If you make up stories ...They make up things and now they go from 10 years to they are a national hero," he said, alluding to his former lawyer Michael Cohen, who pleaded guilty to campaign finance violations this week that implicated Trump.
Trump said he's witnessed similar scenarios over his decades in public life.
"I know all about flipping, 30, 40 years I have been watching flippers. Everything is wonderful and then they get 10 years in jail and they flip on whoever the next highest one is or as high as you can go," he said.
"It almost ought to be outlawed," he said. "It's not fair."