Hatch went on to suggest Trump's alleged wrongdoing from before he became president holds no bearing on the present.
As a businessman, Trump has been able to bludgeon and bully his way forward.
A new, specific, credible accusation of Trump's involvement in a specific, criminal act is allowing Democrats and some media figures to go where they previously hesitated to go, despite a almost two-year long drip-drip of corruption and criminality.
That "didn't even ask" part seems highly doubtful. The president appears to have no conscience, saying whatever is the most convenient truth at the time.
The president tweeted on Friday in response to the filings that the new information "totally clears" him, though the court documents say otherwise. "There are several things you have to look at", Nadler said.
For politicians, the rules are different.
After months of denials, some Republican leaders think Donald Trump may be implicated in a crime.
There is reason to doubt it, beginning with Trump's notorious lack of interest in legal niceties.
The emoluments case may be Trump's worst nightmare.
Mr Trump said he would nominate former attorney-general William Barr to the post to succeed Jeff Sessions.
Trump's 2015 decision to run did not stop an effort by the Trump Organization to put its real estate brand in the Russian capital. The lawsuit alleges that he is violating the emoluments clause, which states that federal officials may not take benefits from foreign governments without the approval of Congress.
Cohen said this person also offered to arrange a meeting between Trump and Vladimir Putin, promising that such a meeting would have a "phenomenal" impact, "not only in political but in a business dimension as well". Moreover, at this point, Trump can not discount the possibility that even more crimes will be revealed in the course of the SDNY's work or that of Special Counsel Robert Mueller.
Trump's lawyers and minions have also made an even broader argument that the "president cannot obstruct justice because he is the chief law enforcement officer" and therefore, he cannot be prosecuted - in other words, the President can do no wrong, he is above the law, and whereas he can be impeached by Congress, he cannot be prosecuted on criminal charges. "This business of presidential harassment may or may not be quite the victor they think it is".
He and other lawmakers said they would need to await findings from special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian election interference and possible co-ordination with the Trump campaign. Can the same be said of Trump? "Imagine if that came out on October 15, 2016, in the middle of the, you know, last debate with Hillary Clinton", Giuliani said in a Fox News interview last May.
Cohen pleaded guilty in August to eight federal crimes, including tax fraud, making false statements to a bank and campaign-finance violations tied to his work for Trump, including the hush payments Cohen made or helped orchestrate. "The Russian told Cohen that "such a meeting could have a 'phenomenal" impact 'not only in political but in a business dimension as well, ' referring to the Moscow project, because there is 'no bigger warranty in any project than consent of [the President of Russia]'".
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