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

ABC News Lanny Davis a lawyer representing Michael Cohen speaks to

ABC News Lanny Davis a lawyer representing Michael Cohen speaks to"Good Morning America" Aug. 22 2018

"You have to understand, Ainsley what he did and - they weren't taken out of campaign finance".

Mr Trump's current lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, said in a statement: "There is no allegation of any wrongdoing against the President in the government's charges against Mr Cohen".

Elsewhere in the interview, Trump suggested that Cohen's legal trouble stemmed from his other businesses, including involvement with the New York City taxi cab industry.

"He worked for many, many people", Trump said, citing campaigns for former US president Ronald Reagan and former US Senate majority leader Bob Dole. "We will disclose it all to the public". The spokesman would not specify what the subpoena seeks. The state tax-collecting agency and the attorney general are still investigating.

Since then, his surrogates have hewed closely to talking points that the Manafort conviction is separate from Trump and that the Cohen plea deal does not set anything in stone-and that overall, neither of the cases are related to Russian Federation collusion.

"I believe that a pardon from Donald Trump would by definition be dirty", Davis said, because Trump has "acted so corruptly in his business endeavors and in the number of lies that he utterly unapologetically articulates everyday as president of the United States". "He anxious about the future of our country with somebody who was aligning himself with Mr. Putin".

After first denying that he knew anything about Cohen's actions, Mr Trump earlier this year acknowledged that he reimbursed Cohen for payments he made in late 2016 to Stormy Daniels, an adult-film actress whose real name is Stephanie Clifford. "Today, he stood up and testified under oath that Donald Trump directed him to commit a crime by making payments to two women for the principal goal of influencing an election".

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Cohen has said Trump illegally directed him to make payments to silence women who claimed to have had affairs with Trump in an effort to influence the 2016 election; the president has denied the affairs.

As far as conventional wisdom goes, the views of ordinary Americans on the Trump presidency remain as fixed as ever. Davis said he isn't sure why.

It's not just the president who got pulled into Cohen's convictions.

While on CNN a little later, he offered that Cohen would probably be willing to testify before Congress about what he knows about Trump's knowledge of Russian interference in the 2016 election.

The guilty plea was part of a double dose of bad news for Trump: It came at nearly the same moment his former campaign chairman Paul Manafort was convicted in Alexandria, Virginia, of eight financial crimes in the first trial to come out of special counsel Robert Mueller's sprawling Russian Federation investigation. But if somebody defrauded a bank and he's going to get 10 years in jail or 20 years in jail but if you can say something bad about Donald Trump and you'll go down to two years or three years, which is the deal he made, ' the president said.

In the interview, Trump argued, incorrectly, that the hush-money payouts weren't "even a campaign violation" because he subsequently reimbursed Cohen for the payments personally instead of with campaign funds. The Post reports that Mueller has determined Cohen isn't necessary to the special counsel's work.

"Mr Cohen is not interested in being dirtied by a pardon from such a man", Mr Davis told NPR. Cohen's personal lawyer Lanny Davis tweeted on Tuesday.

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