Michael Cohen’s Attorney Believes His Client Is Willing to Testify Without Immunity

Thursday, 23 Aug, 2018

Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell brushed past reporters Wednesday without answering questions about Cohen or the possibility that the lawyer's accusations about an illegal campaign cover-up are grounds for impeachment proceedings against Trump.

"If you look at President Obama, he had a massive campaign violation, but he had a different Attorney General, and they viewed it a lot differently", Trump said.

That statement drew laughs and jeers from Kelly's audience. "And I think it's very sad what they've done to Paul Manafort".

News of the plea deal came the same time Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort was indicted on five charges of tax fraud, one charge of hiding foreign bank accounts, and two charges of bank fraud.

'Approximately 60 per cent of the country would not have the reaction of your audience, ' he added. The team referred the case involving Cohen's financial dealings to federal prosecutors in Manhattan. The page includes a timeline of Cohen's mission to tell the truth since July. "Unlike Michael Cohen, he refused to 'break"'.

'Michael chose to put his family and his country first.

For Americans disturbed by what these legal developments say about Trump, there's more than one way to react.

In court on Tuesday, Cohen said he made payments to influence the 2016 election at the direction of a candidate for federal office.

"We can not comment on potential or ongoing investigations", said spokeswoman Amy Spitalnick.

Stumping for candidates in West Virginia on Tuesday night, Trump did not mention Cohen or Manafort, but did again attack Mueller's investigation as "fake news" and a "witch hunt".

"It's not even a campaign violation", Trump said.

And without knowing precisely what it was for, it's hard to tell whether Cohen violated the law by not reporting it as a campaign expense.

The president's once close associate dealt him a bitter blow a day earlier as he admitted to a NY judge he had made illegal campaign contributions - in the form of hush money for women alleging affairs with Trump - with the then-Republican candidate as co-conspirator.

The Cohen and Manafort cases ratchet up political pressure on Trump and fellow Republicans ahead of November elections, in which Democrats are seeking to regain control of Congress.

During the upcoming Fox & Friends interview, Ms Earhardt also asks Mr Trump if the press was the "enemy of the people". There was no trial, no judge, no jury.

He did not have similarly kind words for his ex-attorney.

"If anyone is looking for a good lawyer, I would strongly suggest that you don't retain the services of Michael Cohen!" the president wrote.

The account contradicts that of Cohen, who has revealed he paid off porn actress Stormy Daniels and model Karen McDougal at Mr Trump's instruction, in order to influence the 2016 U.S. election campaign.

Still, there's no doubt that August 21, 2018, will go down in history as an extraordinary moment in the Trump presidency - and for the American presidency, an office steeped in dignity and tradition but hardly immune to the foibles of its occupants, as many past presidents have shown.

After initially denying knowledge of the hush money, Trump was heard on a 2016 recording made by Cohen that appears to show Trump was informed of at least one of the payments.

Watch more from Jarrett above, and check out his New York Times' bestseller "The Russia Hoax: The Illicit Scheme to Clear Hillary Clinton and Frame Donald Trump".

The tax evasion and false statement to bank charges stemmed from Cohen failing to report more than $4 million in income between tax years 2012 and 2016, avoiding taxes of more than $1.4 million.