Donald Trump denies any ties to ex-lawyer Michael Cohen’s crimes

Michael Cohen

The two terms will run simultaneously.

Again, false. The judge made clear during Cohen's sentencing that "each of these crimes is a serious offense against the United States".

Scannell, who was inside the courtroom, said Cohen teared up as he spoke to the judge about bringing pain and shame to his family.

Pauley referred to Cohen's behavior as a "smorgasbord of fraudulent conduct" marked by deception and "motivated by personal greed and ambition".

Cohen, 52, had walked into court on Wednesday morning with his wife, son and daughter, amid a crowd of photographers and reporters.

At the sentencing hearing, a prosecutor in Mueller's office, Jeannie Rhee, said Cohen has "sought to tell us the truth and that is of the utmost value to us". Cohen was guilty on many charges unrelated to me, but he plead to two campaign charges which were not criminal and of which he probably was not.

Cohen pleaded guilty in August to evading $1.4 million in taxes related to his personal businesses.

Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani has argued the hush payments can not be considered campaign finance violations because they were made to protect Trump's reputation and would have been made even if he had not been a presidential candidate.

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If he were to be indicted by special counsel Robert Mueller's team, Trump would nearly certainly fight it in the Supreme Court and make that argument.

In other Russia investigation developments, former US National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, who admitted to lying to the FBI about his talks with the Russian ambassador, has asked for leniency. "As a lawyer, Mr. Cohen should have known better".

"Mr. Trump's repeated lies can not contradict stubborn facts", Davis said.

He has also denied the main focus of the investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller: whether his campaign colluded with Moscow in its meddling in the 2016 campaign.

He pleaded guilty to a series of charges including two campaign finance violations.

He is admitting to having lied to the American people for months, though, which would be a scandal on its own if things still mattered.

'Because what that means is, this is not simply Michael Cohen's word against Donald Trump's, it is now Donald Trump's word against everyone else, ' he added.

Prosecutors said the McDougal payment violated federal law against corporate campaign contributions, while the money that went to Daniels exceeded the $2,700 limit on campaign donations.

"You now have a second defendant or group of defendants saying that these payments were made for the primary objective of influencing the election, and that it was done in coordination with Trump and his campaign", said Rick Hasen, an election law expert at the University of California, Irvine.

Trump has denied any collusion with Russian Federation and has accused Mueller's team of pressuring his former aides to lie about him, his campaign and his business dealings. If they relied exclusively on Cohen, they would have made clear that Cohen asserted Trump's involvement and they had no evidence to corroborate him.

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