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As Cohen plea could be problematic for President Trump
President Trump launches Twitter offensive against the special counsel investigation; chief White House correspondent John Roberts reports.
Michael Cohen, President of Trump’s longtime personal attorney, admitted trump, Tuesday, against a Federal campaign-Finance laws by arranging hush money payments to adult film star Stormy Daniels and former Playboy model Karen McDougal “in the direction” from the then-candidate.
When entering please, Cohen, not explicitly the names of the two women, or even Trump, told, instead, that a “unnamed candidate.” But the amounts and the data lined up with the payments, Daniel, and McDougal.
Overall, Cohen pleaded guilty to five counts of tax evasion, one count of making false statements to a financial institution, a number of deliberately causing an illegal corporate contribution, and a number of making an excessive campaign contribution.
Cohen was able to 65 years in prison, when all the costs convicted. However, as part of his plea deal, Cohen is not a challenge, each sentence between 46 and 63 months, agreed. The offer does not apply to a co-operation with the Federal public Prosecutor’s office.
Cohen is sentenced Dec. 12.
In a statement, Trump’s attorney, Rudy Giuliani said: “There is no allegation of misconduct against the President in the government’s charges against Mr. Cohen. It is clear that, as the Prosecutor noted, Mr. Cohen’s actions, a pattern of lies and dishonesty over a considerable period of time.”
Cohen’s lawyer, Lanny Davis, said his client had pleaded guilty,“ so that his family can Chapter to the next.
“This is Michael, his promise is true at 2. To put July, his family and country first, and the truth about Donald Trump,” Davis added. “Today, he stood up and testified under oath that Donald Trump is him committing a crime by the payments to two women for the principal purpose of influencing an election. If these payments were not a crime for Michael Cohen, then why would you be a crime for Donald Trump?”
Davis told Fox News that Cohen’s involvement in the Trump-Russia investigation ends with the bargain in fact: “It is only the beginning.”
Davis said Cohen speak with who is the President to ensure that the truth about Trump.
Cohen’s home, office and hotel room were raided in April by Federal investigators looking into his financial transactions, including its alleged practice women are paid to keep silent about claims that they had Affairs with the President of the Trump. Daniels and McDougal have both claimed that she had sex with trump while he was married, which the President denies.
Inconceivable that the government of the break-in at a lawyer’s office (in the morning) – almost unknown. Even more conceivable that a lawyer would have excluded the tape-a-client – of completely & maybe illegal. The good news is that your favorite President did nothing wrong!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 21, 2018
Cohen was behind the 130.000 US-Dollar-payment to adult film star Stormy Daniels, and, most recently, a tape of a conversation from September 2016 of him and Trump the possible payout discuss McDougal.
Trump denied reporters in April that he knew nothing about Cohen’s payments to Daniels, although the statement of the President and Giuliani have shifted, as grouped changes.
In may, Giuliani, first of all, Fox News’ Sean Hannity said that Trump had refunded Cohen for the payment to Daniels. Giuliani claimed later that the President was aware of the money would go to Daniels and Trump said back paid Cohen for unspecified “expenses.”
The US Deputy Minister of justice, Robert Khuzami told reporters that in January of 2017, Cohen had begun, the refund of payments to the two women to submit to the “of invoices, the candidate company” — believed that the Trump Organization— which incorrectly indicated that Cohen had provided legal services in the year 2017.
“In fact … [Cohen], unless there are legal benefits for the year 2017, and it was just a means to a refund for the illegal campaign contribution,” said Khuzami.
According to the Prosecutor’s office, Cohen sent the reimbursement of invoices to “one or more” members of the Trump organization’s request in the amount of $35,000 a month.
The Wall Street Journal reported in November 2016, McDougal was paid $ 150,000 by American Media, Inc. — the parent company of the National Enquirer — for the rights to the story, but it never ran.
According to court documents, Cohen reached an agreement with the “Chairman-1″— believed to be the American media Chairman and CEO David Pecker to pay $125,000 for “the rights of the non-disclosure of part of the” McDougal’s agreement with the American media. The Prosecutor’s office says Cohen created a shell entity, “resolution Consultants LLC” in the transaction.
An agreement has been signed, but according to the Prosecutor’s office, “Chairman 1” contacted Cohen at the beginning of October 2016, before the money could be exchanged and said to him, “the deal was off and that Cohen, the Association agreement should tear.” The documents do not say that Cohen do, and the agreement was reached during the April search of his office.
Cohen admitted on Tuesday to report his income of $4.1 million, his tax returns for the years between 2012 and 2016. Of this amount, $2.5 million in interest payments for a personal loan; $1.3 million of the income from his taxi-medallion business was $100,000, the income from brokerage fees; and $200,000 was the cost of “advice.”
The investigation, Cohen was treated by the Prosecutor’s office in the Southern district of New York after it was referred to you by Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s office.
Trump has repeatedly developments blasted in the Cohen inquiry. In April, according to Cohen’s offices were stormed, the is he as “attorney-client privilege is dead.” Last month, he slammed both the FBI RAID and Cohen’s recording of the discussions on the payment McDougal as “unimaginable.”
“Unthinkable that the government, he tweeted the break – in at a lawyer’s office (in the morning) – almost unknown,”. “Even more conceivable that a lawyer would have excluded the tape-a-client – of completely & perhaps illegal.”
But, you might ask questions in reference to whether he violated any campaign Finance laws had added Trump, “your favorite President did nothing wrong!”
Before the election, Cohen was a trust worthy member of the Trump organization, working out of an office in Trump Tower next to that of his boss.
He raised millions for Trump’s campaign and, after he in an Interview with the House Intelligence Committee, last year, told Vanity Fair that Trump had no part in the suspected Russian plot to manipulate the election.
But Cohen seemed to dissociate himself from them by Trump last month. In an interview with ABC News, which was referred to the, by Davis Tuesday, Cohen said that “my wife, my daughter and my son, my first loyalty is and always have. I put family and country first.”
Fox News’ Tamara Gitt and The Associated Press contributed to this report.