Published: Fri, August 24, 2018
Money | By Ethel Goodwin

Indictments? Impeachment? A look at Donald Trump's legal woes

Indictments? Impeachment? A look at Donald Trump's legal woes

As Davis made the rounds, Trump broke his silence on Cohen's pleas, writing in a wise-cracking tweet: "If anyone is looking for a good lawyer, I would strongly suggest that you don't retain the services of Michael Cohen!".

On Tuesday evening, former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort was found guilty of tax and bank fraud charges while his former personal lawyer Michael Cohen admitted paying off former porn star Stormy Daniels following her alleged affair with the U.S. president.

Cohen, 51, told Judge William Pauley III that "in coordination with, and at the direction of, a candidate for federal office", he arranged payments to two women for their silence "for the principal goal of influencing the election".

"Today he stood up and testified under oath that Donald Trump directed him to commit a crime by making payments to two women for the principal objective of influencing an election", Davis said Tuesday.

"I know that Mr. Cohen would never accept a pardon from a man that he considers to be both corrupt and a risky person in the Oval Office, and he has flatly authorized me to say under no circumstances would he accept a pardon from Mr. Trump", Davis said.

"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.

Davis explained that Cohen admitted making illegal campaign contributions after Trump's new lawyers sent special counsel Robert Mueller a letter admitting that the president had "directed" his former fixer to pay Daniels, real name Stephanie Clifford.

Cohen's lawyer says his client has information relevant to the official investigation into Russian election interference and alleged collusion between Trump's team and Moscow.

"In Cohen's case, because they had him over a barrel, because they had all these crimes that they could prosecute him for, they got him to sign a plea that was not negotiated, it was take it or leave it, and he signed it to save his own hide and get a reduced sentence", Schlapp said.

Cohen is set to be sentenced December 12.

At a White House briefing, press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders insisted at least seven times that Trump had done nothing wrong and was not the subject of criminal charges.

Trump in his tweet did not spell out what he was referring to regarding former president Barack Obama, but he elaborated a bit more on Fox: "If you look at President Obama, he had a massive campaign violation, but he had a different attorney general, and they viewed it a lot differently". Donald Trump has frequently denied any knowledge of the meeting, which has been at the heart of the investigation over whether Trump's team colluded with Russian Federation.

Trump has acknowledged that he paid Cohen between $100,000 and $250,000 past year.

Davis then retorted: 'I would say the reaction of your audience may be they are not as interested in getting the truth out about Donald Trump as many other people in the country, ' Davis said.

"He refused to "break" - make up stories in order to get a "deal", Trump tweeted.

Trump has denied the allegation, and Daniels is suing Cohen and Trump to void the non-disclosure agreement. Although not part of Trump's administration, Hunter's and Collins' downfalls signal Trump's support in the legislative branch is not insulated from corruption.

"Just because Michael Cohen made a plea deal doesn't mean that it implicates the President on anything". The President flew with a large entourage aboard Air Force One, including two lawmakers and several aides.

And he sought to discredit Cohen - contrasting his actions with those of Manafort, whom he called "such a fearless man".

Asked whether Cohen is cooperating with the authorities, Davis told NPR that his client has information that Mueller might want but wouldn't go into specifics.

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