Michael Cohen subpoenaed in NY as part of Trump Foundation probe

Michael Cohen subpoenaed in NY as part of Trump Foundation probe

Darren Sullivan
August 23, 2018

Mr Trump lashed out at former longtime lawyer Michael Cohen, saying the campaign finance violations Mr Cohen pleaded guilty to in federal court in NY on Tuesday were "not a crime" - even though prosecutors and Mr Cohen agreed that they were.

"In fact my first question when I heard about it was did they come out of the campaign, because that could be a little dicey", Trump said in the interview, a day after his personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, implicated him and said the maneuver was created to sway the election.

Appearing in a federal court in Manhattan on Tuesday, August 21, Cohen pleaded guilty to five counts of tax fraud, one bank fraud and two counts in regard to violation of campaign finance laws.

Davis, Cohen's attorney, said the former Trump fixer may be able to assist Mueller in his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

Cohen told the judge in court that a $130,000 payment - what porn star Stormy Daniels said Cohen paid her - was made "in coordination with and at the direction of a candidate for federal office", and was later repaid by the candidate.

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Cohen said in court Wednesday that he was directed by a "candidate for federal office" - which many have assumed to be Trump - to make the hush payments, reopening a debate about whether a president can be indicted. Cohen reached an agreement with prosecutors, pleading guilty to charges involving bank fraud, tax fraud and campaign finance violations.

There has been no indication that Cohen will talk to or cooperated with Mueller's team.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders declined to say when Trump learned about the payments and referred questions to Trump's outside counsel, Rudy Giuliani.

He also asserted that Manafort's convictions were unconnected to his work for the Trump presidential campaign in 2016.

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Trump's attorneys said Cohen is lying in order to get better treatment from prosecutors over his own illegal conduct.

Manafort was found guilty on five tax fraud charges, two counts of bank fraud and one charge of hiding foreign bank accounts.

Indeed, a campaign source previously said they could see Manafort getting "some type of pardon" from Trump.

The president's longtime lawyer dealt him a bitter political blow on Tuesday as he admitted to felony charges in NY that included making illegal campaign contributions - and implicated the president. "Witch Hunt!" Trump tweeted.

"I must tell you that Paul Manafort is a good man", Trump told reporters.

Trump contrasted Cohen's actions with those of Manafort, whom he described as "such a courageous man".

The fact that Cohen was being investigated first came to light in April, when the Federal Bureau of Investigation raided his home, office and his hotel room. "Unlike Michael Cohen, he refused to 'break"'.

The deal, the report said, will have Cohen not challenging any sentence between 46 and 63 months, even though he could have faced 65 years if convicted on the same counts.

Trump briefly discussed Manafort on Tuesday evening after stepping off Air Force One in West Virginia, where he held a rally that night.