TRUMP IN TROUBLE? Former Lawyer Michael Cohen Pleads Guilty To Making ‘Hush Payments’ on Then-Candidate’s Orders

Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer and “fixer,” pleaded guilty Tuesday to campaign-finance violations and other charges, saying he and Trump arranged the payment of hush money to two women to influence the election. Cohen’s account appears to implicate Trump himself in a crime, though whether — or when — a president can be prosecuted remains a matter of legal dispute. Cohen’s lawyer Lanny Davis tweeted on Tuesday: “If those payments were a crime for Michael Cohen, then why wouldn’t they be a crime for Donald Trump?” Statement from Michael Cohen’s lawyer, Lanny Davis, following Cohen’s guilty plea in New York today: pic.twitter.com/RpqVrlrENi — Ryan Lucas (@relucasz) August 21, 2018 The guilty plea came almost at the same moment former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort was convicted in Alexandria, Virginia, of eight financial crimes in the first trial to come out of special counsel Robert Mueller’s sprawling Russia investigation. In a deal reached with federal prosecutors, Cohen, 51, pleaded guilty to eight counts in all, including tax evasion and making a false statement to a financial institution. He could get about four to five years in prison at sentencing Dec. 12. In entering the plea, Cohen did not name the two women or even Trump, recounting instead that he worked with an “unnamed candidate.” But the amounts and the dates all lined up with the payments made to the women in the weeks and months leading up to the 2016 White House election. Cohen, his voice shaky as he answered questions from a federal judge, said one payment was “in coordination and at the direction of a candidate for federal office,” and the other was made “under direction of the same candidate.” As cable networks were showing split-screen coverage of the dueling conviction and plea bargain by two former loyalists, Trump boarded Air Force One in the afternoon on the way to a rally in West Virginia. He ignored shouted questions to reporters about both former aides, retreating to his private stateroom on the airliner. “WITCH HUNT, A DISGRACE” – President #Trump reacts to his former campaign chairman Paul Manafort pleading GUILTY to tax fruad and other personal finance violations FULL STORY ON WWW.THEYESHIVAWORLD.COM A post shared by TheYeshivaWorld.com (@theyeshivaworld) on Aug 21, 2018 at 3:02pm PDT Cohen left the building and headed straight for a black SUV with tinted windows. A couple of people outside chanted, “Lock him up!” as they recorded the scene with their phones. Cohen’s plea follows months of scrutiny from federal investigations and a falling-out with the president, whom he previously said he would “take a bullet” for. The FBI raided Cohen’s hotel room, home and office in April and seized more than 4 million items. The search sought bank records, communications with Trump’s campaign and information on payments, for $130,000 and $150,000. Both women claimed Trump had inappropriate affairs with them, which he denies. Trump denied to reporters in April that he knew anything about Cohen’s payments the women, though the explanation from the president and his attorney Rudy Giuliani have shifted multiples times since. Giuliani said Tuesday that there’s “no allegation of any wrongdoing against the President in the government’s charges.” 😱🤣😇 #MSNBC aired this secret video from #Omarosa as EXCLUSIVE BREAKING NEWS — it literally just shows President Trump's former … Continue reading TRUMP IN TROUBLE? Former Lawyer Michael Cohen Pleads Guilty To Making ‘Hush Payments’ on Then-Candidate’s Orders