Cohen pleads guilty, implicates Trump in hush-money scheme

Micheal Cohen is under investigation over bank and tax fraud
Micheal Cohen is under investigation over bank and tax fraud

23 August, 2018

He also maintained his attacks on Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who secured the conviction of Trump's former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, on bank and tax fraud charges on Tuesday at practically the same time Cohen pleaded guilty to eight felonies.

Donald Trump's longtime attack-dog lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen was set to plead guilty to a ream of charges Tuesday, including fraud linked to the president's election campaign, reported AFP.

Mr Trump has granted presidential pardons to conservative commentator Dinesh D'Souza and former Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio but Mr Davis said his client would not accept a presidential pardon.

U.S. President Donald Trump's former lawyer Michael Cohen walks out of court in New York City, New York, U.S., August 21, 2018.

In another blow for the United States president, Paul Manafort, the man who once led Trump's election campaign in 2016, was found guilty of eight financial crimes.

The 51-year-old Cohen said in federal court in NY on Tuesday that he made the payments in co-ordination with Trump, who wasn't named, to influence the election.

Legal filings released allege Trump's real estate company authorized paying $420,000 to Cohen for the effort to silence two women who claimed they had affairs with the Republican candidate.

Davis said Cohen "would be able to provide information useful to the special counsel" but didn't elaborate on what that information may be.

He doesn't have a requirement to cooperate with federal prosecutors in the agreement.

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Cohen, who previously said he would "take a bullet" for the US President, agreed to making a plea bargain earlier on Tuesday.

Davis also told Don Lemon that Cohen made a decision to talk when he realized Trump was a "danger" to the country.

The agents seized records that included communications between him and Trump, as well as information pertaining to a payment that was made to adult film actress Stormy Daniels.

The other charges Cohen pleaded guilty to involve bank fraud and income tax evasion. Both Daniels and McDougal have said they had past relationships with Trump.

President Donald Trump suffered a major double blow when two former aides were exposed as criminals in separate court cases - with one accusing the USA leader himself of committing a crime. "Unlike Michael Cohen, he refused to "break" - make up stories in order to get a 'deal'".

Trump has repeatedly denied any collusion and has called the Mueller investigation a "witch hunt".

Swiss drugmaker Novartis AG has said it had paid Cohen almost $1.2 million in a consulting deal; USA telecommunications company AT&T Inc. said it made payments of $600,000; and South Korea's Korea Aerospace Industries Ltd. said it hired him for $150,000. Just because Michael Cohen made a plea deal doesn't mean that implicates the President on anything.

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

Trump did not mention Cohen at a rally in West Virginia hours after his former attorney accused him of violating campaign finance laws.

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