Trump knocks former lawyer in tweet after Cohen’s guilty plea

Trump knocks former lawyer in tweet after Cohen’s guilty plea

Trump knocks former lawyer in tweet after Cohen’s guilty plea

Cohen's lawyer Lanny Davis said, "If those payments were a crime for Michael Cohen, then why wouldn't they be a crime for Donald Trump?".

Cohen pleaded guilty to eight counts of campaign finance, bank fraud and tax fraud and directly implicated the president for directing him to commit a crime in a NY courtroom Tuesday.

Even as Manafort learned of his fate, the 51-year-old Cohen was revealing in Manhattan how he made hush payments "in coordination and at the direction of a candidate for federal office", and "with the objective of influencing the election".

"I know that Mr. Cohen would never accept a pardon from a man that he considers to be both corrupt and a unsafe person in the oval office", Davis told NPR's Morning Edition.

In a string of radio and television interviews - including two that aired simultaneously on TV - Davis delivered an array of stinging assessments of Trump that served to further distance Cohen from a president for whom he once said he would take a bullet.

Legal scholars disagree on whether or not a sitting president can be indicted on federal criminal charges. special counsel Robert Mueller's office has told the president's lawyers that they will follow Department of Justice guidance and not indict a sitting president.

In a string of interviews early Wednesday, Cohen's own lawyer Lanny Davis took aim squarely at the president, dubbing him a "criminal".

Sol Wisenberg, who conducted grand jury questioning of Clinton as deputy independent counsel during the Whitewater investigation, said he still wanted to see more details of Cohen's plea deal.

They had both alleged that they had affairs with Trump in 2006 shortly after his third wife, Melania, had given birth to their son and only child together.

Davis might have been referring to the GoFundMe page titled "Michael Cohen Truth Fund".


And the president's lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, said there was "no allegation of any wrongdoing against the president".

Both Trump and his foundation have already been sued by the NY attorney general, who alleged that the foundation had engaged in "persistently illegal conduct" under the future president's leadership.

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Prosecutors said that Cohen concealed various sources of income from the IRS and an accountant.

Meanwhile, Cohen's guilty plea came at nearly the same time that former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort was convicted of eight financial crimes in a trial arising from special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation, even though it has nothing to with Russian Federation collusion. It was one of the largest fees levied against a presidential campaign.

Mueller's investigation, which began in May 2017, has resulted in the indictment of more than 30 people and five guilty pleas.

Cohen would be a prosecutor's "dream cooperator: one who had special insider access to the leader of a powerful, closed, corrupt organization", former prosecutors Mimi Rocah and Elie Honig wrote last month.

"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.

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

Trump didn't mention Cohen at the West Virginia rally Tuesday night in Charleston for Republican Senate candidate Patrick Morrisey, but again denounced the Russian Federation inquiry and coverage by news media. The decision to plead guilty also sparked a mocking comeback from Trump on Wednesday.

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