'Donald Trump directed Michael Cohen to commit a crime'

Michael Cohen

A NY judge has formally ended the attorney-client privilege review of items seized from President Donald Trump's former personal lawyer, leaving prosecutors to decide what's next in their fraud probe.

The guilty pleas came in the same hour that a federal jury in Alexandria, Virginia, convicted former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort of eight charges of tax and bank fraud and failing to disclose foreign bank accounts.

Cohenpleaded guilty to eight felony charges, including campaign finance violations and tax evasion.

Cohen pleaded guilty Tuesday to campaign-finance violations and other charges. Cohen and, by extension, the Trump Organization, would have given the combined $280,000 as part of campaign activity without filing that payment, and corporations can not donate directly to candidates. "Every Trump supporter needs to get with the program".

This morning, Trump lashed out at Cohen in a series of tweets attacking a man who he once embraced as one of his closest confidantes.

His praise immediately prompted speculation that Trump would offer Manafort a pardon. Cohen also admitted to arranging a $150,000 payment through American Media, the publisher of the National Enquirer, which purchased yet did not publish former Playboy model Karen McDougal's story before the election.

Cohen 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 objective of influencing the election".

Mr Davis set up a website to collect donations for Mr Cohen's legal expenses. Both women have said they had affairs with Trump prior to the campaign. "And we'll see what Mr. Mueller comes up with, but I do believe that Michael Cohen will tell the truth to Rudy Giuliani and will tell the truth about Donald Trump".

The report by ABC followed earlier reports by NBC News, CNN and Reuters that Cohen was discussing a plea bargain.


The president has fumed publicly about what he felt was government overreach, while privately worrying about what material Cohen may have after working for the Trump Organization for a decade.

"It is clear that, as the prosecutor noted, Mr. Cohen's actions reflect a pattern of lies and dishonesty over a significant period of time". To Cohen, Helsinki was a breaking point, Davis said. Republicans already face tough battles as they seek to keep majorities in the House and Senate in the November mid-term elections.

It remains unclear if the former Trump lawyer has committed to cooperate with the ongoing Special Counsel Robert Mueller probe over the alleged Russian Federation meddling into the 2016 US general elections.

"Where is the collusion?" One said Trump asked aides how the news was playing.

They did not know the details of the agreement.

Republicans have been near-silent on Trump's legal travails, but many seemed anxious about the impact on the elections. However, impeachment by Congress under the USA constitution is possible in principle - although the Democratic Party would probably have to win control of both houses.

"It doesn't involve me, but I still feel - you know, it's a very sad thing that happened", Mr. Trump told reporters ahead of a political rally in West Virginia on Tuesday night.

President Trump isn't going to help Paul Manafort get out of jail - yet. "This is the first time anything like this since Watergate, and it will begin the call for impeachment proceedings".

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