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ضربتان:إدانة مدير حملة ترامب الانتخابية ومحاميه بالاحتيال والسجن 80 عاما

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2018.11.14 22:51

 

 

 ان يتلقى ضربتان ألاولى رمزية والثانية مجهولة التداعيات في ثلاثاء أسود لترمب... كاتم الأسرار سيُخبر المحقق الخاص بكل شيء فهذا هو عنوان مثير لصحف العالم اليوم 

 

 

أصبح التحقيق الخاص بالتدخل الروسي في الانتخابات الرئاسية الأميركية عام 2016 يشبه المسلسلات المشوقة التي ينتظر المشاهدون عرض حلقاتها بفارغ الصبر لمعرفة ما سيحدث.

 

 

 

إيلاف من نيويورك: من الممكن أن يحجز تحقيق روبرت مولر في نهاية المطاف لقب "تحقيق العصر" في الولايات المتحدة الأميركية، متفوقًا على قضايا شغلت الرأي العام في فترات سابقة، كفضيحة "ووترغايت" في عهد الرئيس نيكسون، ومونيكا لوينسكي في زمن بيل كلينتون، وذلك نظرًا إلى أحداثه المثيرة، وتشعّب القضية من التواطؤ مع روسيا، إلى عرقلة العدالة، وخرق القوانين المالية.

 

 

 

يوم أسود

 

حلقة أمس الثلاثاء كانت سلبية بالنسبة إلى دونالد ترمب، الذي تلقى ضربتين، أولى عبر إدانة رئيس حملته السابق، بول مانافورت، بالاحتيال المصرفي والضريبي، وثانية عبر الإعلان رسميًا عن تعاون محاميه السابق مايكل كوهن مع فريق التحقيق، واعترافه بالإتهامات الموجّهة إليه.

 

 

 

ضربة رمزية وأخرى خطرة

 

بالنسبة إلى الرئيس الأميركي، فإن ضربة مانافورت لا تعدو عن كونها رمزية فقط، فمدير حملته أُدين باتهامات لا علاقة لها بالحملة الانتخابية، لا من قريب ولا من بعيد، إلّا أن ما يجب أن يشغل باله هو اعتراف مايكل كوهن بما ارتكبه، واستعداده للتعاون مع فريق التحقيق إلى أبعد حدود، مقابل التساهل وعدم مواجهة أحكام بالسجن لمدة طويلة.

 

 

 

اعترف بالذنب

 

خلال مثوله أمام محكمة اتحادية في نيويورك عصر أمس الثلاثاء، أقرّ مايكل كوهين المحامي الشخصي السابق للرئيس الأميركي دونالد ترمب بالذنب في اتهامات بالاحتيال الضريبي وانتهاكات تتعلق بتمويل الحملة الانتخابية واختلاس أموال، وتقديم بيانات كاذبة إلى مؤسسة مالية.

 

 

 

إسجنوه

 

وبعد انتهاء جلسة الاستماع إليه، والإفراج عنه، مقابل كفالة قدرها خمسمائة ألف دولار، مسح محامي ترمب السابق الدموع من على وجهه، وهو ينظر إلى النافذة، قبل أن يغادر المبنى متجهًا إلى عربة سوداء ذات زجاج داكن، حيث كان يتجمع عدد من الأشخاص، الذين قاموا بإطلاق هتافات تدعو إلى سجنه.

 

 

 

وافق على العرض

 

مايكل كوهن سيعود إلى المحكمة يوم الثاني عشر من شهر ديسمبر، حيث من المتوقع أن يصدر الحكم بحقه، وقد وافق في إطار الصفقة التي عقدها على عدم استئناف أي عقوبة تقضي بسجنه مدة تتراوح بين ثمانية وأربعين إلى ثلاثة وستين شهرًا.

 

 

 

مولر مهتم بقضيتين

 

إقرار محامي ترمب السابق بالذنب، لن يكون خبرًا جيدًا للرئيس في مطلق الأحوال، فالمحقق الخاص روبرت مولر ينتظر، ومن وخلال موافقته على تعاون كوهن، الحصول على معلومات تخدم تحقيقاته، وتتعلق باجتماع برج ترمب، الذي ضم دونالد جونيور، وجاريد كوشنر، وبول مانافورت، مع شخصيات روسية، بغرض بحث إمكانية الحصول على معلومات ضارة بحق المرشحة الديمقراطية، هيلاري كلينتون، وأيضًا بملف الدفعات المالية إلى نجمة الأفلام الإباحية، ستورمي دانييلز، مقابل عدم الكشف عن العلاقة الجنسية التي أقامتها مع ترمب عام 2006، واللافت أن كوهن قال خلال إفادته أمس الثلاثاء إنه دفع أموالًا إلى امرأتين من دون ذكر الأسماء، ولمصلحة مرشح، من دون ذكر اسم ترمب، للتأثير على الانتخابات.

 

 

 

جريمة ترمب

 

خرج محامي كوهن، لاني ديفيس، ليقول إن ترمب وجّه موكله لارتكاب جريمة، ويجب أن يواجه الآن الاتهامات الجنائية بنفسه. 

 

وكتب على تويتر: "إذا كانت هذه المدفوعات جريمة بالنسبة إلى مايكل كوهن، فلماذا إذن لن تكون جريمة لدونالد ترمب؟". ورد رودي جولياني، محامي ترمب، نافيًا أن يكون الرئيس متورطًا في الاتهامات الموجّهة إلى كوهن، معتبرًا أنه "من الواضح، كما لاحظ المدعي العام، أن تصرفات السيد كوهن تعكس نمطًا من الأكاذيب وخيانة الأمانة على مدى فترة زمنية كبيرة".

 

 

 

اهتمام المحقق الخاص

 

عاد  محامي "المُحامي" في ساعات المساء ليُطلق جملة عنيفة من المواقف التي تستهدف ترمب، حيث قال لشبكة MSNBC إن "موكله كان على علم بأنه سيحظى باهتمام المحقق الخاص روبرت مولر، وإنه سيبلغه بكل ما يعرفه".

 

 

 

عالم بكل شيء

 

 

 

أضاف أن "كوهن على دراية بملفات معينة يجب أن تكون موضع اهتمام المحقق الخاص، ويسعده أكثر أن يخبر المحقق الخاص بكل ما يعرفه". ورأى أن "ترمب كان على علم باجتماع ترمب تاور عام 2016، إضافة إلى معرفته المسبقة بقرصنة خوادم اللجنة الوطنية الديمقراطية من قبل ضباط الاستخبارات الروسية".

 

 

 

تابع قائلًا: "كوهن على استعداد للتحدث مع المحقق الخاص بشأن اجتماع برج ترمب"، والذي وصفه بأنه "الاحتمال الواضح لمؤامرة التواطؤ وإفساد النظام الديمقراطي الأميركي".

 

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دانت هيئة محلفين أميركية المدير السابق لحملة دونالد ترامب الانتخابية بول مانافورت بالاحتيال أمس (الثلثاء)، في أول محاكمة تنجم عن التحقيق في تدخل روسيا في الانتخابات الرئاسية الأميركية التي جرت العام 2016، فيما أقر المحامي الشخصي له مايكل كوهين بثماني تهم موجهة إليه، بينها الاحتيال وخرق قوانين تمويل حملات انتخابية خلال الانتخابات نفسها، ما قد يؤدي إلى توريط رئيسه السابق.

 

 

وفي حين قرر القاضي إبطال محاكمة جزئي في عشر تهم لم تتوصل هيئة المحلفين إلى قرار في شأنها، دانت الهيئة مانافورت بباقي التهم الثماني والتي تتضمن خمس تهم بالاحتيال الضريبي وتهمتان بالاحتيال المصرفي وتهمة واحدة بعدم التصريح عن امتلاكه حسابات في مصارف أجنبية.

 

والإدانة بتهم الاحتيال المصرفي تعني نظرياً قضاء مانافورت البالغ 69 عاماً باقي حياته في السجن، إلا أن خبيراً قانونيا أوضح لـ«فرانس برس» أن العقوبة لن تتخطى في الواقع عشر سنوات.وقد تصل الى 80 عاما 

 

 

وقال القاضي توماس تي أس إيليس للمحلفين في معرض حديثه عن التهم المتبقية: «أعلنت بطلان المحاكمة في تلك التهم».

 

وقال كيفن داونينغ -محامي مانافورت- إن موكله «يدرس كل الخيارات» وشكر القاضي على «محاكمة عادلة».

 

وقضية مانافورت نجمت عن التحقيق الذي يجريه المحقق الخاص روبرت مولر في احتمال تدخل روسيا في الانتخابات واحتمال حصول تواطؤ بين حملة ترامب وموسكو، وتعتبر اختباراً مهماً للتحقيق.

 

وأعرب الرئيس الأميركي دونالد ترامب عن أسفه لإدانة مانافورت بتهم احتيال، واصفا إياه بأنه «رجل جيد».

 

وقال ترامب للصحافيين لدى وصوله إلى فرجينيا الغربية: «أنا حزين جدا لهذا الأمر»، معتبراً أن الإدانة جزء من «حملة اضطهاد» أعقبت انتخابات 2016.

 

وطُرحت القضية أمام هيئة المحلفين بعد 12 يوماً من الاستماع لشهادات بوجود حسابات مصرفية سرية وخيانة وانفاق باذخ لشراء منازل وسيارات وثياب.

 

وشدد محامو الادعاء على طرق لجأ إليها مانافورت لتفادي دفع الضرائب عن ملايين الدولارات التي جناها في أوكرانيا وأودعها في مصارف قبرصية.

 

وأمضى ترامب القسم الأكبر من الثلثاء داخل البيت الأبيض، في حين قامت شاشات التلفزة الأميركية بتغطية سير محاكمتين ستكون لهما تداعيات كبيرة على ولايته الرئاسية.

 

وبعد دقائق من إدانة هيئة المحلفين لمانافورت، أقر محامي الرئيس ترامب السابق مايكل كوهين بثماني تهم موجهة إليه، بينها الاحتيال وخرق قوانين تمويل الحملات الانتخابية.

 

وخلال جلسة استماع أمام قاضي محكمة مانهاتن ويليام باولي أقر كوهين بالذنب في خمس تهم بالاحتيال الضريبي وواحدة بالاحتيال المصرفي وتهمتين بخرق قوانين تمويل الحملات الانتخابية.

 

وقال كوهين للقاضي الفيديرالي إنه سدد بطلب من ترامب مبلغي 130 و150 ألف دولار لامرأتين ادعتا انهما أقامتا علاقات مع موكله، وذلك في محاولة لشراء سكوتهن «بهدف التأثير على الانتخابات».

 

ولم يحدد كوهين اسمي الامرأتين، لكن مبلغاً يتوافق مع ما قيل انه قد تم دفعه لممثلة الأفلام الاباحية ستورمي دانيلز قبل الانتخابات كي تلتزم الصمت حول مزاعمها بعلاقتها مع ترامب، والمبلغ الآخر مع ما قيل ان العارضة السابقة كارين ماكدوغال قد تقاضته.

 

وادعاءات كوهين التي توحي بأن ترامب يمكن أن يكون قد اقترف جرما تأتي من رجل أعلن يوماً أنه مخلص لترامب الى درجة انه مستعد «أن يتلقى رصاصة دفاعاً عن الرئيس».

 

وغالبية التهم الموجهة الى المحامي البالغ 51 عاماً تصل عقوبتها القصوى الى خمسة أعوام في السجن، باستثناء تقديم بيانات كاذبة لمؤسسات مالية التي تصل عقوبتها إلى 30 عاماً.وقد تصل الى 80 عاما 

 

والإقرار بالذنب أمر شائع في محاكم الولايات المتحدة عندما يظهر أن المدعين العامين يملكون أدلة كافية من أجل الإدانة في حال ذهبت القضية إلى المحكمة.

 

وداهم مكتب التحقيقات الفيديرالي مكتب كوهين ومنزله بإشارة من المدعي الخاص روبرت مولر الذي يحقق في ما اذا كان ترامب قد سعى لإعاقة التحقيق في التدخل الروسي.

 

وتأتي صفقة الإقرار بعد أيام على إعلان صحيفة «نيويورك تايمز» أن كوهين يخضع إلى التحقيق أيضاً في قضايا احتيال ضريبي ومصرفي بمبالغ تفوق 20 مليون دولار، وتتعلق بقروض تم الحصول عليها من خلال شركة سيارات أجرة يملكها مع عائلته.

 

 

Michael Cohens lawyer uses Trumps attorneys words against him to showcase criminal

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Michael Cohens lawyer says his client doesnt need to provide evidence that Donald Trump directed him to commit crimes - the presidents lawyers have already done that. Lanny Davis says his clients guilty plea draws on a letter that Trumps current attorneys sent special counsel Robert Mueller admitting the president directed Cohen to make the Stormy Daniels hush-money payoff. Let me make 100 percent clear: the evidence was provided definitively by Donald Trumps lawyers, Davis said Wednesday. Its not a dispute. Its not about credibility. Its his lawyers in a letter used the word directed.

 

Donald Trump hit his former lawyer with a searing-one liner on Wednesday morning after Michael Cohens attorney appeared on a sea of news programs to claim the sitting president is guilty of criminal acts.

If anyone is looking for a good lawyer, I would strongly suggest that you don’t retain the services of Michael Cohen! the president tweeted.

The evening prior, Trump signaled that he felt badly for Cohen, his longtime fixer and former lawyer, who pleaded guilty to eight counts of fraud and campaign finance violations to avoid a trail that could end with a sentence of life in prison.

He said he was disgusted with the judicial system that led his ex-campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, to be found guilty of eight financial crimes, as well.

Trump changed his tune on Cohen, however, after his former attorneys lawyer jumped on television and said his guilty client was only following the presidents orders.

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Donald Trump hit his former lawyer with a searing-one liner on Wednesday morning after Michael Cohens attorney appeared on a sea of news programs to claim the sitting president is guilty of criminal acts

Donald Trump hit his former lawyer with a searing-one liner on Wednesday morning after Michael Cohens attorney appeared on a sea of news programs to claim the sitting president is guilty of criminal acts

Cohens lawyer claimed in multiple appearances that Trump participated in illegal acts, and his client doesnt need to offer evidence - the presidents lawyers have already done that.

Lanny Davis said his clients guilty plea draws on a letter that Trumps current attorneys sent special counsel Robert Mueller admitting the president directed Cohen to make the Stormy Daniels hush-money payoff. 

Let me make 100 percent clear: the evidence was provided definitively by Donald Trumps lawyers, Davis said Wednesday. Its not a dispute. Its not about credibility. Its his lawyers in a letter used the word directed.

Invoking Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani, who claimed its not a crime to lie to the American people, Davis said that it is federal crime to make illegal campaign contributions like the one that Cohen pleaded guilty to making on Tuesday afternoon.

President Trump committed a criminal act that corrupted our democracy, Davis on Good Morning America charged. Thats what the campaign finance laws are about.

Davis settled the debate over whether Cohen should be pardoned by the president for the crimes he says he committed at Trumps behest in an appearance on Today. 

The attorney whos best known for his defense of Bill Clinton in the former presidents impeachment scandal claimed that Cohen would neither request a pardon nor accept a get-out-jail-free card if the White House came calling. 

Michael Cohens lawyer Lanny Davis says his client doesnt need to provide evidence that Donald Trump directed him to commit crimes - the presidents lawyers have already done that

Michael Cohens lawyer Lanny Davis says his client doesnt need to provide evidence that Donald Trump directed him to commit crimes - the presidents lawyers have already done that

DARKEST DAY: President Donald Trump looked pensive as he stepped off Air Force One upon arrival at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland on Tuesday

DARKEST DAY: President Donald Trump looked pensive as he stepped off Air Force One upon arrival at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland on Tuesday

Cohen pleaded guilty to campaign finance violations in coordination and at the direction of a candidate for federal office earlier on Tuesday. His lawyer confirmed that the candidate referenced is Trump

Cohen pleaded guilty to campaign finance violations in coordination and at the direction of a candidate for federal office earlier on Tuesday. His lawyer confirmed that the candidate referenced is Trump

Davis blitzed the networks on Tuesday evening and appeared on three cable shows Wednesday morning to explain why his client turned on Trump.

Cohen is prepared to tell investigators all he knows about the President and the conspiracy to collude and corrupt the 2016 election, Davis said Tuesday of the presidents former attorney and fixer.

He said Cohen is also willing to give special counsel Robert Mueller information about the DNC hack in the run-up to the election and whether or not Mr. Trump knew ahead of time about that crime and even cheered it on.

Davis says Trump ordered his client to make hush-money payments to Daniels and Playboy model Karen McDougal to keep them quiet about alleged affairs, which makes him similarly guilty of a felony. 

Two of Trumps former confidantes went down on Tuesday, all within the span of a half-hour, in back-to-back announcements that they were guilty of federal crimes that could land them in prison for years.

Cohen could have been assessed a 65-year term if hed been found guilty of committing financial crimes and violating campaign finance laws. Instead, hell be sentenced to a maximum term of 63 months. 

Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort is looking at life in prison after he was found guilty on eight counts of tax and bank fraud charges. 

This is not a great day. Its a bad day for the president, and Im sure he understands that, former New Jersey Gov. and Trump transition team head Chris Christie said Wednesday on GMA. 

WHERES RUDY? The presidents current attorney was nowhere to be found on Wednesday as Trump world burned down

WHERES RUDY? The presidents current attorney was nowhere to be found on Wednesday as Trump world burned down

Christie, a former U.S. attorney himself, said that its outrageous that Davis would be asking the American people to trust his client now, considering his client acknowledged defrauding the federal government $1.3 million in unpaid taxes on $4 million of unreported income.   

But even the Trump friend admitted there are lingering questions that the president and his attorneys must account for.

What weve got to know is what was the presidents motive in directing these payments to be made? Was this pattern and practice that had gone on other times through the years before he was a candidate or was this specific to influence the election? Did it influence the election? he said. So those are all questions weve got to get answered.

Giuliani and another Trump attorney, Jay Sekulow, were unusually quiet on Wednesday as Cohens attorney ran roughshod all over them.

Sekulow did not immediately respond to a request for comment from DailyMail.com. 

The former mayor of New York, Giuliani has been a fixture on major news programs as of late as part of a strategy to pressure Mueller and shape national opinion on the special counsel case. But even he was missing in action on Tuesday night and early Wednesday.  

Giuliani instead released a tightly-worded statement on Tuesday evening, in response to Cohens claims, that said: There is no allegation of any wrongdoing against the President in the governments charges against Mr. Cohen.

It is clear that, as the prosecutor noted, Mr. Cohens actions reflect a pattern of lies and dishonesty over a significant period of time.

Michael Cohens lawyer Lanny Davis (pictured) has suggested that Donald Trump is just as guilty as his client after he directed him to make the hush money payments 

Michael Cohens lawyer Lanny Davis (pictured) has suggested that Donald Trump is just as guilty as his client after he directed him to make the hush money payments 

Mr. Cohen has knowledge on certain subjects that should be of interest to the special counsel and is more than happy to tell the special counsel all that he knows, Davis said on MSNBCs Rachel Maddow Show

Mr. Cohen has knowledge on certain subjects that should be of interest to the special counsel and is more than happy to tell the special counsel all that he knows, Davis said on MSNBCs Rachel Maddow Show

Davis said Trumps ex-lawyer only made the payment at the direction of Trump making the president as much guilty of a felony.

(Trump) just hasnt owned up to it, but he tried to hide by asking his lawyer to do something he wasnt willing to do because he feared the electoral consequences, he said.

And Davis warned that Cohen had been Trumps personal lawyer for many, many years and so knows almost everything about Mr Trump.

Mr. Cohen has knowledge on certain subjects that should be of interest to the special counsel and is more than happy to tell the special counsel all that he knows, Davis said on MSNBCs Rachel Maddow Show. 

Not just about the obvious possibility of a conspiracy to collude and corrupt the American democracy system in the 2016 election, which the Trump Tower meeting was all about, but also knowledge about the computer crime of hacking and whether or not Mr Trump knew ahead of time about that crime and even cheered it on, he added. 

He added that Cohen had information about Trump that would be of interest in Washington and New York State. 

In another interview with CNN on Tuesday, Davis also hinted that Cohen may have incriminating information about the Trump Foundation. 

The New York Attorney General has filed a civil suit against Trump and his three eldest children alleging persistently illegal conduct with respect to foundation money and using the money in their own self-interest.

Well see if the level of corruption alleged concerning the Trump Foundation is a topic of concern for the New York Attorney General, Davis said after being asked if Cohen could offer any new information about Trumps alleged wrongdoing or criminal activity.

We know that the pardon power wouldnt apply in New York State. 

Davis said that Trump should be prepared to see a liberated Michael Cohen speaking truth to power.  

And that he was prepared to spill everything about Donald Trump that he knows.

Trump says he feels very badly for both Manafort and Cohen
 
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U.S. President Donald Trumps former campaign chairman Paul Manafort stands before Judge T.S. Ellis as he was found guilty of eight of the 18 charges he faced in a case of bank and tax fraud at U.S. District Courthouse in Alexandria, Virginia 
 

President Donald Trumps former campaign chairman Paul Manafort (left in his mugshot andf right in a court sketch) was found guilty on eight counts following his trial

Its truth that Michal Cohen is committed to, and its the truth that so threatens the president of the United States.   

Davis would not say whether Cohen has already been in contact with the special counsel, which is investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election and potential obstruction of justice by Trump, but said that Mueller will have a lot of interest in what Michael has to say.

But even with the potential new revelations aside, Davis said that Trump could face federal charges after Cohen stated under oath that the then-presidential candidate directed him to commit a crime making Donald Trump as much guilty of that felony as my client Mr Cohen.

Cohen had pleaded guilty Tuesday to charges of bank fraud, tax fraud and campaign finance law violations. 

Why didnt President Trump do this himself? Why didnt he write or sign the check himself? Was he covering up because he knew that there was something wrong in what he was doing, so he directed his lawyer to do something that he didnt want anyone to know that he did? I think the answer to that is obvious.

He added that Trump didnt have the courage or at least didnt want to expose himself politically so soon before the election so he directed his lawyer to do that which he was not willing to do.

Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, claims she had an affair with Trump. Among the charges Cohen will plead guilty to are campaign finance violations in connection to a $130,000 payment he made to Daniels
Cohen also negotiated a $150,000 payment by American Media Inc. to former Playboy cover model Karen McDougal, who claims she had a year-long affair with Trump
 

Michael Cohens lawyer suggested that Donald Trump was also guilty of a federal crime after he reportedly directed his client to make hush money payments made to porn star Stormy Daniels (pictured with Trump, left) and former Playboy model Karen McDougal (with Trump, right)

So theres a cover up by our now President of the United States which is undeniable.

Davis said he had no qualms about saying that Trump had directed his client, because the presidents own lawyer Rudy Giuliani had thrown his client under the bus by admitting that himself.

What Michael Cohen pleaded guilty to doing 

Five counts of tax evasion. Avoided declaring $4.1 million in income earned in 2012 through 2016, depriving the government of about $1.3 million in tax revenue.

Making false statements to a bank. Failed to disclose a $14 million line of credit when taking out loans, including for the purchase of an $8.5 million summer home. Declared a net worth of $40 million when applying for a home equity loan, omitting the $14 million debt.

Campaign finance violations. Helped deal with Individual-1s relationships with women by identifying stories and keeping them from being published. Negotiated $150,000 payment to model and actress and made a $130,000 payment to an adult film actress. He caused and made the payments in order to influence the 2016 presidential election. 

He faced up to 65 years in prison for what he is being charged with had he not pleaded guilty. 

The word directed came from Donald Trumps lawyers who wrote the special counsel and said that Donald trump directed Michael Cohen to make that payment, he added.

Davis, who said Cohen had reservations about Trumps suitability to be president, told CNNs Chris Cuomo that his client was motivated for his country and will tell the truth.

Cohen pleaded to eight different counts, including those related to Daniels and McDougal.

Although he didnt mention Trump by name, Trumps former lawyer and fixer spoke in open court about a $130,000 payment as well as a deal he helped negotiate with a publisher involving McDougal.

He said he did so in coordination and at the direction of a candidate for federal office, CNN reported – in an obvious reference to Trump, his former employer. Federal law bars donors from coordinating with a campaign while placing strict limits on the amount of contributions.

Both women claim they had affairs with Trump, and both got payments, Daniels from Cohen directly and McDougal from a publisher. 

Trump said Tuesday that he felt very sorry for Manafort ahead of his Charleston evening rally speech. Yet he completely ignored Cohens implication that he participated in federal crimes.

He then failed to mention either Manafort or Cohen at his rally.

But he tore into the Mueller probe, calling it the Russian witch hunt hours after investigators achieved their biggest conviction yet of former Trump campaign chair Manafort.

How ya like me now? Stormy Daniels gloats after Michael Cohens guilty plea as the porn stars lawyer claims plea will allow him to DEPOSE Trump in civil suit

Stormy Daniels weighed in after PresidentDonald Trumps former personal attorney Michael Cohen pleaded guilty to criminal charges related to a hush money payoff to the porn star.

How ya like me now?! Daniels tweeted on Tuesday night, hours after Cohen pleaded guilty in a New York court to eight criminal counts including tax evasion, bank fraud and campaign finance violations.

Daniels attorney, Michael Avenatti, said that the guilty plea would bolster her civil suit against Cohen - and claimed that he would now be able to force Trump to give a sworn deposition in the suit.

The developments of today will permit us to have the stay lifted in the civil case & should also permit us to proceed with an expedited deposition of Trump under oath about what he knew, when he knew it, and what he did about it. We will disclose it all to the public, Avenatti wrote in a tweet. 

 
Stormy Daniels (seen Monday on Loose Women) chimed in with glee following Cohens plea
 

Stormy Daniels (seen Monday on Loose Women) chimed in with glee following Cohens plea

Avenatti added: We. Are. Coming. We are going to end this dumpster fire of a presidency one way or another. 

It is unclear whether Cohens court testimony would in fact convince a judge to attempt to compel Trump to give a sworn deposition. 

Sitting presidents are normally exempt from court processes. But Bill Clinton, while in office, did give a deposition in a sexual harassment civil suit, and his sworn statements about Monica Lewinsky led to his impeachment on perjury and obstruction charges. 

 
Avenatti (above) said Cohens plea and statements in court would allow him to depose Trump in an ongoing civil suit that Daniels has filed against Cohen
 

Avenatti (above) said Cohens plea and statements in court would allow him to depose Trump in an ongoing civil suit that Daniels has filed against Cohen

The two payments were intended to silence two women who claimed to have had affairs with Trump and were made prior to the 2016 presidential election. One was for $130,000 given to Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford. The other for $150,000 related to former Playboy model Karen McDougal.

Trump has denied having affairs with the women. His lawyer Rudy Giuliani has said the payments were made to spare Trump and his family embarrassment and were unrelated to the campaign.

Cohen made the payments from his own money, and then was reportedly reimbursed by Trump. Prosecutors said that the payments constituted an illegal campaign contribution by Cohen. 

Cohen said in court he arranged to make payments for (the) principal purpose of influencing (the) election.  

Fake news. Fake. How fake, how fake are they? Trump asked rhetorically. Fake news and the Russian witch hunt. We got a whole big combination. Where is the collusion? You know theyre still looking for collusion. Where is the collusion? Find some collusion. We want to find the collusion, Trump said.   

Trump said he feels very badly for his ex-campaign chairman, who is now facing life in prison after being convicted of fraud.

Jurors found Paul Manafort guilty today on eight of 18 charges in a financial crimes case brought by prosecutors tasked with probing Russian election meddling.

I feel very sad about that, because it doesnt involve me, but I still feel, you know, its a very sad thing that happened, Trump told reporters ahead of a West Virginia rally. 

The president was in Charleston for a rally on Tuesday that was supposed to pump up his base and energize voters in West Virginia to support Republicans.

But back to back blows in the criminal cases of Manafort and Cohen cast a shadow over Trumps travel, though, and the president appeared unusually downtrodden.

Walking over to reporters shouting on the tarmac about the former Trump associates the president said: I feel badly for both.

In another interview with CNN on Tuesday, Davis also hinted that Cohen may have incriminating information about the Trump Foundation

In another interview with CNN on Tuesday, Davis also hinted that Cohen may have incriminating information about the Trump Foundation

I must tell you that, Paul Manaforts a good man, he insisted. 

A federal charging document lays out how Cohen helped deal with a person identified as Individual-1s relationships with women by identifying stories and keeping them from being published. 

The documents note that the individual was a candidate for president. 

In addition what he did was he worked to pay money to silence two women who had information that he believed would be detrimental to the 2016 campaign and to the candidate and the campaign 

Cohen negotiated $150,000 payment to model and actress and made a $130,000 payment to an adult film actress, according to the documents stated the offenses he pleaded guilty to. Cohen caused and made the payments in order to influence the 2016 presidential election, he is admitting.

The White House didnt hold a press briefing amid the turmoil, instead confronting reporters only through the safer medium of conference calls. Trump didnt mention either bombshell development in his speech in West Virginia hours after they occurred.

Cohen as part of the plea gets jail time of up to four years – in a deal that apparently does not include cooperating with Special Counsel Robert Muellers probe. Nevertheless, some legal experts were not ruling out cooperation, and he was facing more charges than he pleaded to.

Cohen leaves court after pleading guilty to eight charges
 
 
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Charging documents lay out millions in unreported income by Cohen

Charging documents lay out millions in unreported income by Cohen

Documents also reference Trump as Individual-1

Documents also reference Trump as Individual-1

Cohen appeared in federal court on Tuesday following a series of reports he would plead guilty to federal crimes that would land him in jail for up to four years. 

According to U.S. attorney Robert Khuzami, Cohen failed to report income of $4.1 million, costing the U.S. Treasury approximately $1.3 million.

He failed to disclose $14 million in dead when he applied for a home-equity loan he used to get funds to pay the porn star.

Khuzami also laid out Cohens campaign finance guilty plea as it related to Daniels and McDougal – though he never mentioned the name of the president or the porn star. 

In addition what he did was he worked to pay money to silence two women who had information that he believed would be detrimental to the 2016 campaign and to the candidate and the campaign, Khuzami said.

In addition, Mr. Cohen sought reimbursement for that money by submitting invoices to the candidates company which were untrue and false. They indicated that the reimbursement was for services rendered for the year 2017, when in fact those invoices were a sham. He provided no legal services for the year 2017 and it was simply a means to obtain reimbursement for the unlawful campaign contribution, Khuzami said. 

PAUL MANAFORT FOUND GUILTY OF EIGHT COUNTS OF FRAUD

Paul Manafort was found guilty of tax and bank fraud by a federal jury in Alexandria, Virginia, on Tuesday, a verdict that will likely bolster special counsel Robert Muellers investigation and undermine arguments from President Trumps supporters that the probe is baseless and politically motivated.

After four days of deliberation, the jury found Manafort guilty of eight counts of bank and tax fraud, which could send the former Trump campaign manager to prison for up to 80 years. 

The jury said it was unable to reach a verdict on the 10 additional counts, leading Judge T.S. Ellis to declare a mistrial on these items.  Judge Ellis said he will not schedule the sentencing until the government decides whether to retry Manafort extra 10 charges. 

Manafort, 69, stood next to his team of lawyers and displayed no emotion during the reading of the verdict. He will have a chance to make a statement during his sentencing.  

 Now what happens: Judge T.S. Ellis III will decide whether to drop the ten charges which the jury said they could not reach a verdict on. Regardless, Manafort will be sentenced on eight fraud charges which could carry a sentence as high as 80 years in prison
 

 Now what happens: Judge T.S. Ellis III will decide whether to drop the ten charges which the jury said they could not reach a verdict on. Regardless, Manafort will be sentenced on eight fraud charges which could carry a sentence as high as 80 years in prison

Paul Manafort found guilty of eight of the ten counts of fraud
 
 
 
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The government has recommended to the court anywhere between eight to 10 years in prison for falsifying tax returns, bank fraud conspiracy and failure to file reports of foreign bank and financial records.

The conviction is the first major court victory for Robert Muellers special counsel investigation into the Trump campaign and Russian election tampering, a probe that has divided Americans and come under attack from the White House.

The jurys verdict defies Donald Trump, who last Friday called Manafort a very good person and the trial sad.

Manafort had initially been charged with a total 18 counts of fraud. The jury deadlocked on the majority of the most serious counts, including seven of the nine bank fraud charges which each carried 30 years maximum prison time.

Manafort was convicted on all five counts of filing inaccurate tax returns for the years 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014. These each carry a three year minimum sentence.

He was convicted on one of four counts, for the year 2012, of failing to disclose the existence of his offshore bank accounts. The jury could not agree on whether he was also guilty of this for the years 2011, 2013 and 2014. The single count carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison.

Manafort was also convicted of providing false financial information to obtain a $1 million loan from the Bank of California and a $3.4 million loan from Citizens Bank. These charges each carry a maximum of 30 years in prison.

He was not convicted of seven additional bank fraud charges, including conspiracy to fraudulently obtain a bank loan and providing false financial information to Federal Savings Bank.

It is a stunning fall from grace for the jet-setting political consultant, who once spent $15,000 on an ostrich jacket and millions on high-tech gear for his Hamptons home, but now faces the rest of his life in a jail cell.

He will be sentenced by Judge T.S. Ellis after background reports and argument from both prosecution and defense over what sentence is appropriate. 

Sources told NBC about the negotiations over a possible plea Tuesday morning, noting that no deal had been reached. Word of the talks followed reports over the weekend that Cohen is being investigated for a $20 million bank fraud.

ABC then reported Cohen had reached an agreement with prosecutors in the Southern District of New York. Cohen surrendered to the FBI in advance of a scheduled 4 pm court appearance, according to CNN.

The campaign finance violations related to the $130,000 payment Cohen made from his own funds to porn star Stormy Daniels, who claims she had an affair with Trump.

Trump said in April that he did not know about payments Cohen made to Daniels – although lawyer Rudy Giuliani later said Trump reimbursed his longtime lawyer for the funds.

Cohen admitted the payment was a violation of strict federal limits on political contributions. Prosecutors deemed the payment an in-kind contribution to the Trump campaign since it helped shelve potentially damaging information.

Cohen agreed to jail time as part of the agreement.

Despite the array of charges, jail time, and restitution, Cohen was not expected to reach an agreement to cooperate with authorities, the New York Times reported.

Such a status, if maintained, would spare President Trump from having one of his closest and most knowledgable associates aiding an inquiry the president has termed a witch hunt. 

Nevertheless, Trump faced the political prospect of seeing one of his closest longtime advisors go to jail over serious federal crimes. Just as the news broke on Cohens plans, the White House was holding a press call on Trumps plans to travel the country in support of Republicans.   

Cohen pleaded guilty to a campaign finance violation in relation to a $150,000 payment that American Media Inc. made to Playboy model Karen McDougal. AMI publisher David Pecker (c) was part of the deal

Cohen pleaded guilty to a campaign finance violation in relation to a $150,000 payment that American Media Inc. made to Playboy model Karen McDougal. AMI publisher David Pecker (c) was part of the deal

Prosecutors in Cohen were negotiating with a man involved in myriad business and political deals involving the president, including the negotiation of a non-disclosure agreement with porn star Stormy Daniels, and talks on an effort to build a Trump Tower in Moscow that fell through. 

However, the New York Times reported Tuesday afternoon that the deal did not include an agreement to cooperate. 

Cohen in June resigned his post as deputy finance chair of the Republican National Committee once it came out he was under criminal inve

 

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