Trump's lawyer pleads guilty to fraud, implicates president

Chris Cuomo This was a bad day for Trump

Perspective on former Trump attorney Michael Cohen's plea deal and former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort's conviction from an worldwide and criminal law specialist.

Cohen's admission that he violated campaign finance laws by paying hush money to two women at Trump's behest came in the form of a standard plea deal rather than a cooperation agreement requiring that he aid other investigations.

But by the time Trump weighed in on the two events on Wednesday morning, it was clear that his opinion of his two former employees differs wildly.

Shortly before Cohen officially plead guilty, Daniel's lawyer Michael Avenatti tweeted about how her refusal to remain silent has helped change the course of Trump's presidency.

'A large number of counts, ten, could not even be decided in the Paul Manafort case. Cohen claimed the campaign law crimes were carried out at the direction of Trump to cover up affairs with the women and influence the 2016 election. Michael "The Rat" Cohen is how one person close to the president privately described him, a CNN journalist has reported.

Levin argued that the campaign violations are not necessarily illegal acts just because they affected a campaign.

The president, who has called the investigation into the 2016 election and his associates a "witch hunt", is known for counterpunching.

Hours after being dealt back-to-back legal blows, US President Trump was speaking to a cheering, supportive crowd in West Virginia.

"He was with a lot of different people over the years and I feel very sad about that", he said.

"In Cohen's case, because they had him over a barrel, because they had all these crimes that they could prosecute him for, they got him to sign a plea that was not negotiated, it was take it or leave it, and he signed it to save his own hide and get a reduced sentence", Schlapp said.

After four days of deliberations, the 69-year-old was found guilty of eight counts of financial fraud.

Fox News released excerpts of an interview conducted with Mr Trump on Wednesday in which the President said he knew of the payments made by Cohen "later on" but did not elaborate.

Mueller is investigating Russian attempts to influence the 2016 election and whether there was any cooperation or links with the Trump campaign.

Cohen did not name Trump in court, but his lawyer, Lanny Davis, said afterward that he was referring to the president.

Since he came into power, Mr Trump's national security adviser, personal lawyer, campaign chairman, deputy campaign manager and a foreign policy aide have all admitted or been convicted of crimes, bringing his judgement into question. "This is Michael fulfilling his promise made on July 2nd to put his family and country first and tell the truth about Donald Trump".

Avenatti tweeted that the Cohen pleas should "permit us to proceed with an expedited deposition of Trump under oath about what he knew, when he knew it, and what he did about it".

Laurie Levenson, a former federal prosecutor and professor at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, argued that Cohen's plea knocks back the argument that the investigations swirling around Trump are a "witch hunt", as the president has called Mueller's Russian Federation investigation.

Also Tuesday, prosecutors and defence attorneys for former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn agreed to postpone his sentencing after he pleaded guilty to lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation about his contacts with a Russian official, in a sign his cooperation was still needed in the Mueller probe.

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