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

24 August, 2018, 05:24 | Author: Corey Lynch
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The episode shows the depth of the schism that's emerged between Trump and Cohen, who once boasted he would take a bullet for his most powerful client.

Representatives for the White House did not immediately response to a request for comment on whether Trump would consider pardoning Cohen, but Trump himself dismissed his former longtime attorney in a post on Twitter on Wednesday. Davis said Cohen is not looking for a presidential pardon.

President Donald Trump awoke Wednesday facing the most legally precarious moment of his presidency as his allies began to formulate a strategy to bolster his weakened standing.

Cohen faces a prison sentence of 46 to 63 months, according to court filings.

'I participated in this conduct with the objective of influencing the election, ' a visibly crestfallen Cohen told the judge - an admission that puts Trump himself in legal jeopardy. Davis later underscored that Cohen was talking about the president. And Cohen pleaded guilty to a series of financial crimes, including paying off two women to keep silent about affairs they claim to have had with Trump ahead of the election.

Cohen pleaded guilty Tuesday to illegal campaign-finance charges over hush money paid to a porn actress and a former Playboy model - all but naming Trump as having ordered him to do it.

They had both alleged that they had affairs with Trump in 2006 shortly after his third wife, Melania, had given birth to their son and only child together. There would presumably be no bar against charging a president after he or she departs the White House.

The fall of Manafort and Cohen does not bode well for Trump.

A lawyer for Cohen took aim at Trump, saying they would refuse a pardon if it were offered.

"For years, Mr. Cohen has acted like he is above the law".

While placing the President in direct legal jeopardy over the hush money payments, Cohen also served notice he is willing to cooperate with Mueller on the Russian Federation investigation. "And they didn't come out of the campaign, and that's big".




But that ruling did not directly address whether a president could be subpoenaed to testify in a criminal investigation, a question the Supreme Court may have to confront if Mueller tries to compel Trump's testimony in his probe. They also have repeatedly questioned Cohen's credibility.

He added that Cohen's guilty plea now posed a "significant problem" for Trump, who now "has a lot of explaining to do".

The GoFundMe campaign - dubbed the "Michael Cohen Truth Fund" - had raised roughly $40,000 of its $500,000 goal by noon ET on Wednesday.

The consistent targeting of Cohen's credibility might be driven by concern over what he knows. Behind closed doors, Trump expressed worry and frustration that a man intimately familiar with his political, personal and business dealings for more than a decade had turned on him.

And while Cohen's plea agreement does not include a provision about cooperating with prosecutors, it also doesn't preclude that possibility in the future.

Reports have also indicated that Michael Cohen is willing to meet with investigators from Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation.

It was the first trial victory for special counsel Robert Mueller's team.

His plea came as former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort was found guilty on eight charges in a separate financial fraud trial in Alexandria, Virginia, stemming from a federal investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 USA election and possible coordination with the Trump campaign.

And he sought to discredit Cohen - contrasting his actions with those of Manafort, whom he called "such a courageous man".

"The language that the president has used in relation to Manafort is very different than what he's used in relation to [Michael] Cohen", Dershowitz told Hill.TV's Krystal Ball and Buck Sexton on "Rising", referring to the president's former personal attorney.

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