Breaking Down The Legal Implications Of Cohen's Plea Deal, Manafort's Conviction

Robert Khuzami the deputy US attorney for the Southern District of New York

Cohen's lawyer Lanny Davis told CBS News that his client had information about election tampering efforts during the 2016 campaign that would be "of interest to the special counsel".

"In fact my first question when I heard about it was did they come out of the campaign, because that could be a little dicey", Trump said in the interview, a day after his personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, implicated him and said the maneuver was created to sway the election. "As far as I am concerned, that is an indictable offense".

But he persisted: "I would say the reaction of your audience may be that they're not as intersted as getting the truth out about Donald Trump as many other people in the country".

Trump's former lawyer is on a fast track to being disbarred in NY following his guilty plea Tuesday on 8 federal counts, including tax evasion and campaign law violations. according to a source familiar with the process.

Cohen admitted offering this money to both women "for the principal goal of influencing the election".

Michael Cohen is ready to do his time and apparently isn't looking for any help from Donald Trump.

Trump on Wednesday falsely claimed those crimes are not crimes.

Davis said that Cohen's knowledge reached beyond "the obvious possibility of a conspiracy to collude" and included also the question of Trump's participation in a "criminal conspiracy" to hack into the emails of Democratic officials during the 2016 election.

First, Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort was found guilty on eight counts of fraud. Trump and his personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, have said the president reimbursed Cohen for the payments, which Trump described as being "used to stop the false and extortionist accusations" made by Daniels.

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Trump tweeted on Wednesday that the campaign finance violations Cohen pleaded guilty to "are not a crime".

It has raised $26,063 as of Wednesday morning. "If you look at President Obama, he had a massive campaign violation, but he had a different attorney general and they viewed it a lot differently".

The former Trump attorney strikes a plea deal with prosecutors on campaign-finance violations; Fox News legal analyst Mercedes Colwin and former DOJ prosecutor James Trusty weigh in. Trump has also denied any collusion with his campaign.

"I have a client telling me I am willing to tell the truth to anyone who asks me".

It was already clear, Davis said, that Trump "publicly cheered it on" - an apparent reference to then-candidate Trump's appeal to Russian Federation in July 2016 to "find the 30,000 emails that are missing".

A new court filing also said that the Trump Organization approved $420,000 in reimbursements to Cohen in relation to his hush-money payments before the election. Days later, Trump issued a clarification that he believed the assessment of top American intelligence officers.

As if referencing the enormity of his predicament, Cohen told the judge that the previous night at dinner he had indulged in a Glenlivet 12 on the rocks despite the Scotch not being his usual meal-time tipple. It would be a dramatic turn from someone who had partially built his reputation on loyalty to the president. Trump added in a tweet that is certain to raise speculation about whether the president might pardon Manafort at some point.

Speaking to NPR, Davis added that, "Mr. Cohen would never accept a pardon from a man that he considers to be both corrupt and a risky person in the Oval Office".

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