Trump says found out about payments made by Cohen after the fact

24 August, 2018, 08:11 | Author: Heather Diaz
  • Media playback is unsupported on your device                  Media caption Trump again denied there had been any collusion with Russia to get him elected

'I don't know if they're ready to donate, Lanny, ' Kelly responded.

Prosecutors said the payments, created to influence the election by keeping the women's stories out of the public eye, amounted to an illegal and unreported campaign contribution.

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Mr. Manafort was found guilty of bank and tax frauds and one charge of failing to disclose foreign bank accounts, by a jury in Virginia, in the suburbs of the US capital.

Mr Cornyn said Congress would continue, as it has been, investigating claims of Russian interference in the 2016 election, but noted that, "nothing we heard yesterday has anything to do with Russia, or the reason why director Mueller was appointed special counsel".

Trump contrasted Cohen's actions with those of Manafort, whom he described as "such a courageous man". While the Manafort case was part of Mueller's investigation, the Cohen case was not.

Earlier on Wednesday, Davis told CNN that Cohen has knowledge that would be of interest to Special Counsel Robert Mueller in the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election and whether there was collusion with Trump or members of his campaign. This could mean that any information he divulges will likewise be kept private for some period of time.

"I feel very badly for Paul Manafort and his wonderful family".

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 unsafe person in the Oval Office". But Cohen's lawyer, Lanny Davis, told MSNBC that Trump is guilty.

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Congressional Democrats, meanwhile, warned Trump against any efforts to buy the silence of Cohen or Manafort.

But Trump's attorney Rudy Giuliani said in a statement: "There is no allegation of any wrongdoing against the President in the government's charges against Mr. Cohen". Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., the Senate minority leader.

Hours after being dealt back-to-back legal blows, US President Trump was speaking to a cheering, supportive crowd in West Virginia. Cohen could face up to about five years in prison under federal sentencing guidelines, according to his plea agreement, though a judge will make a final determination.

"Where is the collusion?"

"Later on I knew, later on, but you have to understand Ainsley, what he did - and they weren't taken out of campaign finance". He did it specifically to help Trump win the election, which is illegal. However, impeachment by Congress under the USA constitution is possible in principle - although the Democratic Party would probably have to win control of both houses.

Davis then retorted: 'I would say the reaction of your audience may be they are not as interested in getting the truth out about Donald Trump as many other people in the country, ' Davis said.

It all adds up to a "very big deal", said Neal Katyal, a former U.S. solicitor general.

In practice, an indictment is highly unlikely: the Justice Department position since 2000 has been that a sitting president is "immune from indictment as well as from further criminal process". "This is the first time anything like this since Watergate, and it will begin the call for impeachment proceedings". "There are many, many steps that need to be taken before the president is in legal jeopardy".

While many of us are clinging to the hope that this will actually reap consequences upon our seemingly impenetrable president, for Daniels, Cohen's guilty plea has an extra dose of schadenfreude.


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