Disgraced ex-Trump lawyer Cohen crowdfunding legal bills

Marcus Newton
August 26, 2018

He declared that while he's attorney general "the actions" of the DOJ "will not be improperly influenced by political considerations".

During the Fox interview, Trump also lamented Attorney General Jeff Sessions's inability to gain "control" over the Justice Department, the practice of prosecutors "flipping" criminal defendants and illegal immigration.

Goodlatte is not expected to agree to Democrats' demands, which also include reconsideration of a bill, the so-called Special Counsel Independence and Integrity Act, that would prohibit Trump from arbitrarily firing Mueller before he can complete his investigation. He ceded moral authority past year when he failed to call out neo-Nazis.

That tool "almost ought to be outlawed".

Asked to grade his presidency, Trump said during the interview that he would give himself an "A-plus", and that the only thing he is doing badly is "the press doesn't cover me fairly". It was related to payments to two women who claimed that the President had affairs with them.

No, given his belief that he is under attack by people who hate him and believe he is an illegitimate president, and seek to bring him down, he will use all the powers of the presidency in his fight for survival.

Legal experts disagree over whether Trump could be impeached based on the allegation that he directed Cohen to make an unlawful campaign contribution.

The Nixon administration attempted to cover up its involvement in a break-in by five men at the Democratic National Committee headquarters, located in the Watergate office complex on June 17, 1972, according to The New York Times.

"They're not going to get close on an impeachment track", he concluded.

Fox News has been airing excerpts of the interview with Mr Trump, which is scheduled to be shown in its entirety today. But veteran federal prosecutors say the eight convictions for financial crimes validate the special counsel established to investigate ties between Trump's campaign and Russian Federation.

On Manafort, Mr Trump did not say whether he would offer a pardon, but expressed "great respect" for him and argued that some of the charges made against him are things that "every consultant, every lobbyist in Washington probably does".

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Trump said on Twitter on Wednesday that the campaign finance violations to which Cohen pleaded guilty were "not a crime", even though prosecutors and Cohen agreed that they were.

The president's personal lawyer-cum-spokesman Rudy Giuliani echoed that stark warning, hinting at political unrest. If Trump were not the president, he might well be indicted, convicted and face jail time.

The president then questioned how he could be impeached when has "done a great job". And it was not clear the West Wing was assembling any kind of coordinated response.

However, Mr Trump insisted the two payments had not broken election campaign rules.

Cohen had fronted the cash, $130,000, to pay porn star Stormy Daniels for keeping quiet about a decade-old tryst with Trump.

Other experts have said that Trump could argue that the payments to the women were not a crime because they were made to protect Trump's reputation, not for the goal of influencing the election.

If President Trump did not have phonies, frauds, fakers and deadbeats as friends, he wouldn't have had any friends at all.

And Manafort faces a second trial in Washington D.C. on September 17 on separate charges that include conspiracy, money laundering, failing to register as a foreign lobbyist and making false and misleading statements to federal agents. The media was breathless in reporting the Cohen and Manafort stories that broke the same day.

Both cases resulted, at least in part, from the work of special counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating Russia's attempts to sway voters in the 2016 election.

The account was started by Cohen's attorney, Lanny Davis, and has a goal of $500,000.

"What's it about, Nicolle, is we do not want to be as reckless with the facts as Donald Trump is, and we are promising the American people, put us in the majority, we will protect health care, we'll protect paychecks, and we'll address corruption", he said.

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