Cohen And Manafort Convictions Not About Russia, But Still Trouble For Trump

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Harvard Law School Professor Emeritus Alan Dershowitz has sought to dampen excitement over a plea deal taken by former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen, saying that "every candidate" violates election laws when they run for president.

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

Cohen said in federal court Tuesday that he made the payments "in coordination and at the direction of a candidate for federal office".

However, the Post notes that a source recently told the outlet that Cohen was willing to testify that he witnessed Trump being informed about Donald Trump Jr.'s famous meeting with a Russian lawyer to get "dirt" on Hillary Clinton. While Cohen did not name Trump in court on Tuesday, Davis on Wednesday in television interviews accused the president of being directly involved.

An FBI raid on Cohen's NY office and hotel room in April rattled the president, who has complained publicly about what he felt was government overreach while privately worrying about what material Cohen may have had after working for the Trump Organization for a decade.

The president has repeatedly voiced frustration that Attorney General Jeff Sessions has been unwilling to intervene into investigations into Trump and his allies, including the ongoing special counsel probe into possible collusion between his campaign and Russian Federation.

In civil court, Daniels may now be able to depose the president in her lawsuit regarding the nondisclosure agreement that Cohen helped secure, Michael Avenatti, Daniels' lawyer, said in a tweet.

"There is most certainly enough evidence now" for Congress to open a probe, Cohen's lawyer, Lanny Davis, said in response to a question in a Bloomberg TV interview on Wednesday about whether Congress should pursue impeachment proceedings. Both women have alleged that they had sexual affairs with Trump, which he has denied.

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"The President of the United States has been directly implicated in federal crimes, and implicated not by some enemy, but by his own personal lawyer", Katyal said.

By most counts, Tuesday was not a good day for President Donald Trump.

"He will not, and does not want anything from Donald Trump", Davis told MSNBC.

Trump has acknowledged that he paid Cohen between $100,000 and $250,000 a year ago. They came from me.

In a split screen for the history books, Cohen's admission to the crimes in federal court in NY yesterday came at almost the same moment that Trump's onetime campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, was convicted by a jury in Virginia of financial misdeeds.

And he sought to discredit Cohen - contrasting his actions with those of Manafort, whom he called "such a courageous man". "Witch Hunt!" Trump tweeted.

As part of a tax evasion scheme, Michael Cohen failed to tell the Internal Revenue Service about a $30,000 profit from the sale of a French luxury handbag. "Justice" took a 12 year old tax case, among other things, applied tremendous pressure on him and, unlike Michael Cohen, he refused to "break" - make up stories in order to get a "deal". The decision to plead guilty also sparked a mocking comeback from Trump on Wednesday. The President flew with a large entourage aboard Air Force One, including two lawmakers and several aides.

That raised the question of whether Cohen would cooperate, and, crucially, what his cooperation would be worth.

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