Long-time Trump lawyer set to plead guilty, endangering president

Michael Cohen

President Donald Trump responded Wednesday to the guilty verdicts against his former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, who was facing allegations of tax and bank fraud in the first trial stemming from special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation.

"It's my observation that Mr. Cohen has knowledge that would be of interest to the special counsel about the issue of whether Donald Trump, ahead of time, knew about the hacking of emails, which is a computer crime", Davis told CNN in an interview Wednesday.

As Cohen pleaded guilty to his crimes, Trump's former campaign manager, Paul Manafort, was found guilty of his own crimes - also eight charges of bank fraud and tax fraud.

The campaign contribution charges stemmed from his payments to porn actress Stormy Daniels and former Playboy model Karen McDougal, both of whom claimed to have had sexual relationships with Trump more than a decade ago and planned to sell their stories to news outlets.

Federal investigators raided Cohen's office, home and hotel room in NY earlier this year and seized various electronic devices and documents which reportedly include information that Cohen paid porn star Stormy Daniels so as to keep her silent about accusations of an affair with Trump.

Cohen's plea agreement does not spell out clearly that he will cooperate with the federal government.

Cohen, who previously said he would "take a bullet" for the US President, agreed to making a plea bargain earlier on Tuesday. He also said he made the payments "at the direction of a candidate", meaning Trump.

However, Trump has been heard on a tape with Cohen discussing arranging payment to one of the women.

"Any effort to pardon Michael Cohen or Paul Manafort in and of itself would be a gross assault on the rule of law, and constitute high crimes and misdemeanors", Wyden said, quoting the prerequisite for impeachment in Section 4, Article 2 of the U.S. Constitution.

It was a stunning development, one that could put the president in significant political and legal peril.

The investigation of Cohen included a raid in April by FBI agents, who seized documents and files from his office, home, and hotel room.

"I feel very badly for Paul Manafort and his wonderful family", the president said.

Trump didn't address the dual court dramas as he appeared at a rally in West Virginia on Tuesday night.

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

Trump contrasted Cohen's actions with those of Manafort, whom he described as "such a courageous man".

Under a plea bargain reached with federal prosecutors, Cohen (51) could get about four to five years in prison at his sentencing on December 12. Trump could, as they say, shoot somebody on Fifth Avenue, and Sanders could still say he has done nothing wrong and has not been charged with a crime.

Trump has repeatedly denied any collusion and has called the Mueller investigation a "witch hunt".

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