Published: Thu, August 23, 2018
Entertaiment | By Simon Arnold

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

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

Cohen's lawyer Lanny Davis on Tuesday said his client was "more than happy to tell the special counsel all that he knows" about a possible conspiracy to corrupt the American democratic system in 2016, as well as computer hacking.

Michael Cohen, long-time lawyer and self-declared "fixer" for Mr. Trump, pleaded guilty to tax and bank fraud and violation of campaign finance rules, allegedly at the behest of the President.

Cohen has pleaded guilty to eight criminal charges, including campaign-finance violations, tax evasion and bank fraud at a federal court in Manhattan, New York.

At a courthouse close to Washington, jurors deliberated on whether the president's former campaign chair Paul Manafort - a man who was instrumental in him winning the Republican nomination - was guilty of a separate slew of charges.

Trump's former aide also did not name the women or his boss in entering his plea, but payments match up to $130,000 paid to Stormy Daniels and $150,000 paid to Karen McDougal in a non-disclosure agreement.

Although both men came under investigation by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who was charged with looking for Trump campaign collusion with Russian Federation, none of the alleged crimes had anything to do with Russian Federation. "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".

After Cohen sent the first of the monthly invoices, federal prosecutors said "executive-1 forwarded that email to another employee at the Company, stating: 'Please pay from the Trust".

On Wednesday, Trump lashed out at Cohen, as well as the Mueller investigation, tweeting it was an "witch hunt", a phrase he has repeatedly used in the past.

After four days of deliberation, jurors found him guilty of eight counts: five of making false income tax returns, two of bank fraud and one of failure to report foreign bank and financial accounts.

Michael Cohen sat down by himself at the defence table Tuesday before he was joined by his lawyer, Guy Petrillo.

The White House said Mr. Trump's outside legal team would respond to Mr. Cohen's guilty plea.

We're told Cohen will lose his right to practice law as soon as the NY Attorney Grievance Committee files a motion to have him's just waiting on the official paperwork needed to get the ball rolling.

The FBI raided Cohen's home and office on a referral from Mueller.

"Where's the Collusion? They made up a phony crime called Collusion, and when there was no Collusion they say there was Obstruction (of a phony crime that never existed)", Trump said in a Monday tweetstorm.

Tuesday's events are seen as a significant victory for Robert Mueller's investigation, even though the trials are not related to the alleged Russian collusion and presidential obstruction.

Trump did not mention Cohen at a rally in West Virginia hours after his former attorney accused him of violating campaign finance laws.

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