Trump says Michael Cohen didn't commit crimes. He's wrong

Posted August 28, 2018

Two women with lawsuits.

US President Donald Trump's longtime bookkeeper for his personal and business affairs has reportedly been granted immunity in the federal probe into Trump's former lawyer Michael Cohen.

People walk past U.S. President Donald Trump's Trump Tower in New York City, New York, U.S., August 24, 2018.

President Trump told Ainsley Earhardt that Michael Cohen's campaign finance violations weren't crimes. The Trump Organization did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

What's known: The president who demands loyalty from his allies can't depend on them for it. But Cohen's place in Trump's political life ended up being peripheral. It was only after the crisis for the Trump campaign created by the release of the "Access Hollywood" tape later in October 2016 that Cohen suddenly developed an urgent desire to buy the former porn star's silence.

The combination set up a world of uncertainty for everyone allied with the president.

The list referred to a batch of controversies Trump and his allies have long cited as a partisan counterweight to allegations of Russian Federation collusion and obstruction of justice, at the heart of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's probe.

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Democrats have long accused Republicans of trying to distract from the Mueller probe by focusing on such matters, but Trump and his allies argue there's never been a full accounting for how political actions may have factored into the start of the Russian Federation probe.

"This is the time he knows he's going to jail, and he feels liberated that he can finally speak his mind about his concerns about Donald Trump without a criminal lawyer telling him to "be quiet" because 'you'll upset the prosecutors, '" he said.

Davis floated that belief in a bunch of broadcast interviews in most up to date days, steadily touting his consumer's doable price to Mueller.

Through his lawyer, Lanny Davis, Cohen has made clear he's happy to keep talking - to Mueller and even to Congress, should lawmakers call him to testify.

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said Thursday that despite Sessions' accomplishments, he believes it "very likely" Trump will appoint a new attorney general, perhaps after the midterms. Cohen was later reimbursed by Trump based on phony invoices for "legal services".

Cohen, who could get about four years to five years in prison, is due to be sentenced December 12. Trump has denied having sex with Daniels or McDougal. CEO David Pecker, who struck the deal with McDougal, The Wall Street Journal reported. Federal prosecutors have said the reimbursement payments were for sham legal invoices in connection with a nonexistent retainer agreement.

"As I have said from the beginning, I think all the recent developments prove what I have been saying for several months, that the Mueller investigation is really not what has to worry Trump", said Dershowitz. Trump can not pretend these crimes did not occur or that they have nothing to do with him. He faces a trial later this year in Washington on federal charges of conspiracy and witness tampering. He also accused the president of ordering him to do so.

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