Published: Fri, August 24, 2018
Money | By Bruce West

Cohen pleads guilty, implicates Trump

Cohen pleads guilty, implicates Trump

Trump lashed out at former longtime lawyer Michael Cohen in a Twitter post by saying the campaign finance violations Cohen pleaded guilty to in federal court in NY on Tuesday were "not a crime" - even though prosecutors and Cohen agreed that they were. "But It's not even a campaign violation".

Lanny Davis, an attorney for Cohen, said in an interview with the PBS NewsHour on Wednesday morning that his client had agreed to cooperate with federal prosecutors and share whatever he knows about the campaign's dealings with Russian Federation.

Stormy Daniels, the porn star at the center of President Donald Trump's longtime lawyer Michael Cohen's criminal investigation, and her lawyer Michael Avenatti said they were "vindicated" by Cohen's guilty pleas on Tuesday.

President Donald Trump speaks to the news media on the tarmac about the federal conviction of his former presidential campaign chairman Paul Manafort as the president arrives for a campaign event in Charleston, West Virginia, U.S. August 21, 2018. Trump said of Manafort, who faces a separate federal case next month in Washington, D.C.

Lanny Davis, Cohen's attorney, told MSNBC that Cohen is "more than happy" to speak with the special counsel about "the obvious possibility of a conspiracy to collude and corrupt the American democracy system in the 2016 election", as well as other Russia-related subjects. All watched the news happen in real time on Fox News. The President flew with a large entourage aboard Air Force One, including two lawmakers and several aides.

Trump's response was to discredit Cohen - contrasting his actions with the "brave" Manafort. "'Unlike Michael Cohen, he refused to 'break" - make up stories in order to get a 'deal".

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders repeatedly insisted during Wednesday's press briefing that "the president has done nothing wrong", there were "no charges filed against him" and "there was no collusion".

"It's going to be hard for the president to try to discredit all this".

Cohen and Manafort played prominent roles in Trump's political rise in 2016.

While in West Virginia, Trump offered brief comments on Manafort, whose case was unrelated to special counsel Robert Mueller's probe of Russian Federation interference in the 2016 election.

Michael Cohen was also effectively accusing the president of the United States of joining him in criminal activity ahead of the 2016 election.

Daniel Petalas, former prosecutor in the Justice Department's public integrity section, said the issue of whether Trump violated the law comes down to whether Trump "tried to influence an election, whether he knew and directed it and whether he knew it was improper". But he changed his story as prosecutors closed in.

Cohen's attorney, Lanny Davis, said in a statement that Cohen made the plea so "his family can move on to the next chapter".

Michael Cohen, his ex-lawyer and "fixer", said his former boss had directed him to pay hush money to influence the 2016 election.

On Twitter, the president contended the two counts of campaign finance violations to which Cohen pleaded "are not a crime". President Obama had a big campaign finance violation and it was easily settled!'

In a Twitter rant Wednesday morning, President Donald Trump responded to Tuesday's frightful afternoon of legal news regarding current and former members of his inner circle.

In a deal with federal prosecutors, Cohen pleaded guilty to eight counts, including tax evasion.

Now free on $500,000 bond and awaiting sentencing, U.S. District Judge William H. Pauley III reminded Cohen that he faces up to 65 years in prison regardless of conversations he had with prosecutors.

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