Cohen implicates Trump as he pleads guilty to campaign finance violations

Calvin Saunders
August 23, 2018

United States President Donald Trump was hit by a double whammy on Tuesday as his former lawyer implicated him in a case of campaign finance violation and his former campaign chief was convicted of financial wrongdoing.

Manafort was found guilty on five tax fraud charges, two counts of bank fraud and one charge of hiding foreign bank accounts. Cohen and, by extension, the Trump Organization, would have given the combined $280,000 as part of campaign activity without filing that payment, and corporations can not donate directly to candidates.

In Wednesday's interviews, Cohen's lawyer, Davis, also said his client would not accept a presidential pardon from Trump.

U.S. President Donald Trump's former lawyer Michael Cohen walks out of court in New York City, New York, U.S., August 21, 2018.

Cohen did not mention Trump but name, but Cohen pleaded guilty to making illegal campaign contributions to the Trump campaign on the same day that he facilitated a $130,000 payment to porn star Stormy Daniels.

They say the campaign finance charges involve payments to two women.

The Daniels payment was charged as an excessive personal contribution and the National Enquirer money was charged as an unlawful corporate contribution, both "for the principle objective of influencing the election", Cohen said in court.

Cohen pleaded guilty Tuesday to eight charges in federal court, including campaign finance violations specifically tied to his role in making hush payments to women who alleged affairs with Trump ahead of the 2016 election.

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Said Davis: "Mr. Cohen has knowledge on certain subjects that should be of interest to the special counsel, and is more than happy to tell the special counsel all that he knows". "...and we're coming for him".

When the lawsuit initially was filed, President Trump accused "sleazy New York Democrats" of "doing everything they can to sue me on a foundation that. gave out to charity more money than it took in".

Trump's allies, including Manafort's predecessor leading Trump's 2016 campaign, Corey Lewandowski, have questioned Cohen's credibility, calling him a "serial liar" and noting that he admitted to dishonest behavior as part of his guilty plea. "Unlike Michael Cohen, he refused to "break" - make up stories in order to get a 'deal'".

Trump conspicuously ignored the goings on of the courtroom yesterday, instead attending a rally in West Virginia, where he is popular. This has nothing to do with Russian collusion.

The president has repeatedly voiced frustration that Attorney General Jeff Sessions has been unwilling to intervene into investigations into Trump and his allies, including the ongoing special counsel probe into possible collusion between his campaign and Russian Federation. Prosecutors said they intend to decide next week whether they will seek a retrial on those charges. Find us some collusion.

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

This means that Cohen either didn't want to cooperate with federal prosecutors, or didn't have the goods to get them interested in reducing his sentence.

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