Trump´s ex-lawyer pleads guilty to charges over hush money

Emmett Rice
August 23, 2018

"Any attempt by the President to pardon Mr. Manafort or interfere in the investigation into his campaign would be a gross abuse of power and require immediate action by Congress", Senate Intelligence Vice Chairman Mark Warner said in a statement Tuesday.

A more serious potential legal development for Trump is his former lawyer, Cohen, telling a federal judge earlier Tuesday in New York City that he made hush money payments to two women "for the principal objective of influencing the election" of Trump and that the presidential candidate ordered him to do so.

Cohen told a court on Tuesday that he had paid off porn actress Stormy Daniels and model Karen McDougal in order to influence the 2016 USA election campaign, at the direction of a "candidate".

Trump has, on numerous occasions, denied any collusion with Russian Federation or having sex with Stormy Daniels and has called the Robert Muller investigation a witch hunt.

Cohen appeared in court yesterday in order to plead guilty to eight counts of breaking the law - including campaign finance violations, tax fraud, and bank fraud.

Mr Davis set up a website to collect donations for Mr Cohen's legal expenses. The other charges involve bank fraud and income tax evasion. Both Daniels and McDougal have said they had past relationships with Trump.

At nearly the same time, Trump's former campaign chief Paul Manafort was found guilty of tax and bank fraud by a jury in Virginia.

Cohen is facing a judge in federal court in NY on Tuesday.

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Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's former personal attorney and fixer, exits federal court, 21 August 2018 in New York City. "Paul Manafort is a good man". The 22-page plea deal admits this as a violation of campaign finance, as these expenses were not declared as such.

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U.S. President Donald Trump's former personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, pleaded guilty on Tuesday to campaign finance violations and other charges, saying he made payments to influence the 2016 election at the direction of a candidate for federal office.

CBS reported deputy US attorney Robert Khuzami charged that Cohen sought reimbursement for payments to women by submitting invoices to the candidate's company.

"Lanny Davis, the general counsel for the Clinton mob family had [Cohen] plead to two counts that don't exist", he said. "So that is the functional equivalent of the word 'cooperate.' I don't know why ... they didn't use the word", Davis said.

Trump said in televised comments that the case did not implicate him in any crimes, but he felt badly for Manafort. The people spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to publicly discuss the case.

Cohen some weeks ago released a tape of his conversation with Trump over that payment.

Prosecutors had been investigating Cohen for possible fraud related to his businesses for months.

The fact that Cohen was being investigated first came to light in April, when the Federal Bureau of Investigation raided his home, office and his hotel room.

The judge had appointed a special master to review 4 million items.

She says Cohen, Trump or the Trump Organization wanted another 57 items designated privileged but agreed not to contest the special master's findings.

Davis said Cohen "would be able to provide information useful to the special counsel" but didn't elaborate on what that information may be.

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