4 take-aways from ex-Trump lawyer Michael Cohen’s sentencing

4 take-aways from ex-Trump lawyer Michael Cohen’s sentencing

Darren Sullivan
December 15, 2018

Andrew Napolitano, a former New Jersey state judge and prolific legal author, told Fox News that federal prosecutors with the Southern District of NY tipped their hand in their legal filings in the Cohen case, in which Mr. Trump's longtime fixer was sentenced to prison for paying hush money to women who claimed affairs with the then-tycoon. But on Sunday incoming House Judiciary Committee chairman Jerold Nadler of NY said if Trump directed Cohen to commit a felony, it would be an impeachable offense.

The judge said Cohen's co-operation with prosecutors "does not wipe the slate clean" of his crimes.

Nothing at the Trump Organization was ever done unless it was run through Mr. Trump.

Donald Trump's former personal lawyer says buying the silence of two women due to their alleged affairs was directly tied to the Republican candidate's prospects in the 2016 USA presidential election.

Schiff, a California Democrat who is a favorite target of Trump's, said the most meaningful development was the unsealed cooperation deal with American Media Inc.

"I'm angry at myself because I knew what I was doing was wrong", said Cohen.

Returning to Washington on Air Force One on April 6, Trump for the first time answered questions about the reports of the Daniels payment, issuing a blanket denial to reporters while saying they would "have to ask Michael Cohen".

Federal law requires that the contribution of "anything of value" to a campaign must be disclosed, and an individual donation can not exceed US$2,700. He was a lawyer and he is supposed to know the law.

Cohen was sentenced to prison time Wednesday for his role in arranging the payments, acknowledging they violated campaign finance laws.

A recording surfaces of Cohen and Trump allegedly discussing a payment to Playboy Playmate Karen MacDougal.

Prosecutors confirmed last week in a filing that they believed the president ordered the payments to protect his campaign. Cohen cooperated knowing "the president might shut down" Mueller's investigation, Petrillo said. "There's a substantial amount of information that they possessed that corroborates the fact that I am telling the truth". "The man doesn't tell the truth, and it's sad that I should take responsibility for his dirty deeds".

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Lawyer Lanny Davis, who has advised Cohen, praised Cohen for cooperating and said he would continue to do so.

'Because what that means is, this is not simply Michael Cohen's word against Donald Trump's, it is now Donald Trump's word against everyone else, ' he added.

He pleaded guilty to several charges, including campaign finance violations and lying to Congress.

Trump had denied any sexual relationship with the women and argued on Twitter earlier this week that the payments to the women were "a simple private transaction", not a campaign contribution.

Cohen, who pleaded guilty to all the charges against him, told the court that he had felt it was his "duty to cover up".

If they charge President Trump for paying women to not publish scandalous claims, would prosecutors then be compelled to pursue members of Congress who have also made such payoffs?

"It's called flipping and it nearly should be illegal", said Trump.

"It's never good to be on the wrong side of the President of the United States of America".

"Instead of him taking responsibility for his actions, what does he do?"

While we do not know exactly what corroborating evidence Mueller and the Southern District of NY may have, at this point we know that David Pecker of AMI is a cooperating witness, meaning he could very well be corroborating many of Cohen's stories.

For his part, the former Trump lawyer said he was "done with the lying", adding: "I am done being loyal to President Trump and my first loyalty belongs to my wife, my daughter, my son and this country". Nicolas Roos, the assistant US attorney who prosecuted Cohen in the Southern District, asserted that allowing Cohen to engage in "selective cooperation" would "send the wrong message" that such behavior is rewarded.