Published: Thu, August 23, 2018
Life&Culture | By Peggy Hughes

Cohen testifies Trump told him to commit crime by paying off women

Cohen testifies Trump told him to commit crime by paying off women

A more serious potential legal development for Trump is his former lawyer, Cohen, telling a federal judge earlier Tuesday in New York City that he made hush money payments to two women "for the principal objective of influencing the election" of Trump and that the presidential candidate ordered him to do so.

Donald Trump's former lawyer Michael Cohen has admitted to paying hush money to two women whose stories would damage the then presidential candidate's campaign.

The White House referred questions about Cohen's implication of Trump in the campaign finance violations to Trump's lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, who called the president's former fixer a liar.

Mr. Cohen said he organised hush money for two porn stars, who allegedly had sexual relations with Mr. Trump, who directed him to pay them off.

Mr Davis added that it was "absolutely clear that Donald Trump committed a felony" by ordering hush payments be made to two women "so that his political election chances would not be harmed" before the 2016 presidential election. Cohen reached an agreement with prosecutors, pleading guilty to charges involving bank fraud, tax fraud and campaign finance violations.

Lanny Davis, a lawyer for Cohen, declined to comment.

Cohen now faces potential jail time and could yet decide to throw open the window on decades of dealings with his former mentor Trump in return for a lenient sentence.

Among the things Cohen has special "knowledge" about that he thinks will be of great "interest" to Robert Mueller, said Davis, is information about "a conspiracy to collude and corrupt the American democracy system" as well as what Trump knew and when about the Russian hacking.

Asked why Trump didn't report his payments, Sanders simply said she wouldn't "get into the back-and-forth details".

Cohen plead guilty to five counts of tax evasion, one count of making a false statement to a bank, one count of causing an unlawful corporate contribution, and one count of making an excessive campaign contribution.

The search sought bank records, communications with Mr Trump's campaign and information on a $130,000 (€112,000) payment to Ms Daniels and a $150,000 (€130,000) one to Ms McDougal.

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.

Part of the plea deal includes jail time and a substantial fine, which will be determined at a sentencing hearing for Cohen on December 12.

President Donald Trump suffered a major double blow when two former aides were exposed as criminals in separate court cases - with one accusing the United States leader himself of committing a crime.

Earlier on Wednesday, Trump lashed out on Twitter, slamming Cohen, who has signaled a willingness to cooperate with special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

There were no signs of any wavering among the president's core fan base at a rally he held in West Virginia on Tuesday night. You know they're still looking for collusion. "Unlike Michael Cohen, he refused to 'break"'.

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