Donald Trump brands his convicted ex-fixer Michael Cohen a liar

Donald Trump brands his convicted ex-fixer Michael Cohen a liar

Donald Trump brands his convicted ex-fixer Michael Cohen a liar

President Donald Trump says he wouldn't recommend his former personal lawyer Michael Cohen.

And then his former lawyer Michael Cohen pleaded guilty himself, admitting to violating campaign finance laws.

In dramatic testimony on Tuesday, Cohen told a federal court in Manhattan that Trump had directed him to arrange payments ahead of the 2016 presidential election to silence two women who said they had affairs with Trump.

Davis said the information could include whether Trump knew ahead of time about the hacking of Democratic emails during the 2016 presidential election, knowledge about a possible conspiracy to corrupt American democracy by the Russians and the failure to report that knowledge to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

"I think Michael Cohen is someone who, like Paul Manafort, had an elaborate scheme to not pay their taxes and committed a lot of financial crimes", said Matt Schlapp, a Trump ally and head of the American Conservative Union, on CNN's "New Day". Davis later underscored that Cohen was talking about the president.

Writing on the Lawfare blog, former White House counsel Bob Bauer said the Cohen plea will resonate "unmistakably" with Mueller's investigation, "which also concerns what a candidate is prepared to do to win an election and then cover his tracks".

On NBC's "Today", Davis told host Savannah Guthrie that Cohen was uninterested in a pardon from Trump because the president had acted "so corruptly". In the recent flood of courtroom drama, which includes the recent sentencing of former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort, this may not seem immediately noteworthy.

"Michael [Avenatti, her lawyer] and I are vindicated and we look forward to the apologies from the people who claimed we were wrong", she said.

Most legal experts say a sitting president can not be indicted for a crime, but the Constitution allows Congress to impeach and remove a president from office for "high crimes and misdemeanors".

"And [Cohen] has flatly authorized me to say under no circumstances would he accept a pardon from Mr. Trump". "And they're weren't taken out of campaign finance".

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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.

There were dramatic developments in two cases that arose from special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation, within minutes of each other.

"Here they're trying to elevate this into an impeachable offense or a felony against the president", Dershowitz said, adding that Cohen's plea deal is "not almost as deadly lethal" to Trump as "some have portrayed it as being".

President Donald Trump suffered a major double blow when two former aides were exposed as criminals in separate court cases - with one accusing the U.S. leader himself of committing a crime.

In a Twitter rant Wednesday morning, President Donald Trump responded to Tuesday's frightful afternoon of legal news regarding current and former members of his inner circle. "Justice" took a 12 year old tax case, among other things, applied tremendous pressure on him and, unlike Michael Cohen, he refused to "break" - make up stories in order to get a 'deal.' Such respect for a fearless man!"

"It is clear that, as the prosecutor noted, Mr Cohen's actions reflect a pattern of lies and dishonesty over a significant period of time", attorney Rudy Giuliani said.

It also increases pressure on Trump personally.

But Tuesday's massive legal drama raises even bigger questions that involve the president's potential legal jeopardy and the future of the independent investigation into Russian election interference.

'On August 21, Michael Cohen made the decision to take legal responsibility and to continue his commitment to tell the truth.

Davis served as special counsel to President Bill Clinton from 1996 to 1998.

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