Trump denies wrongdoing, says Cohen is making up stories

Trump was aware of hacked emails before their release, and Michael Cohen knew it: lawyer

Trump was aware of hacked emails before their release, and Michael Cohen knew it: lawyer

The Japan Times, in an editorial "Look out for a Trump on the warpath" called Tuesday "the worst day of the Donald Trump presidency to date" and warned that the developments "increase pressure on a mercurial, tempestuous and unpredictable man".

After Donald Trump's former "lawyer", Michael Cohen, pleaded guilty to crimes including intentionally hiding a campaign contribution with the intent to influence the election, Trump sprang into action in his usual style-that is, saying a bunch of words that can only be construed as a defense if all facts and logic are ignored.

His lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, has said the payments were personal in nature and unrelated to the campaign.

"For 30, 40 years I've been watching flippers", the president said in the interview.

Cohen, the president's former personal attorney, this week implicated the president in a stunning plea deal.

Much has been made over whether we have Trump on tape telling Cohen that he should or shouldn't make one of the payments in cash, but he's very much on tape discussing the payment, and he's still trying to cover it up.

President Donald Trump maintained the felony counts Michael Cohen admitted to were not actual crimes in an interview aired Thursday.

The president has repeatedly berated Sessions for recusing himself from the federal probe into Russian election meddling, which has expanded into questions of collusion and obstruction of justice as well as the financial dealings of Trump associates.

Trump said on Twitter on Wednesday that the campaign finance violations to which Cohen pleaded guilty were "not a crime", even though prosecutors and Cohen agreed that they were. Now Daniels' lawyer Michael Avenatti says he'll renew efforts to get Trump to submit to a deposition in a lawsuit Daniels filed to invalidate a nondisclosure agreement she signed ahead of the 2016 election. The illegal moneys included sizable gifts from donors who wanted Nixon to appoint them to coveted foreign ambassadorships, a practice known to both Republican and Democratic presidents.

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Campaigning was more open than previous votes, but the election was marred by violence and a crackdown on opposition activists. He said the change in figures of the final results had no effect on the outcome of the presidential election .

Responding to criticism from Trump, Attorney General Jeff Sessions declared Thursday that the Justice Department "will not be improperly influenced by political considerations". This leaves Special Counsel Robert Mueller and other prosecutors in a quandary about how to proceed with these campaign finance violations.

Loyalty has always been a core value for President Donald Trump.

This is why Trump said in his recent interview with Fox News that if he were impeached, the economy would collapse, there would be recession and poverty would spread.

Cohen, who once said he would "take a bullet" for Trump, commented in court on Tuesday that Trump directed him to arrange payments of $130,000 to porn star Stormy Daniels and $150,000 to former Playboy model Karen McDougal to buy their silence about alleged affairs before the election.

Cohen referenced his father's wartime experiences in June, when he quit a senior position in the Republican National Committee, citing his opposition to Trump's immigration policies and invoking the experience of his Holocaust survivor father. "This whole thing about "flipping" they call it".

The Justice Department's Office of Legal Counsel, which provides legal advice and guidance to executive branch agencies, has held that a sitting president can not be indicted. How does Cohen's plea relate to the Mueller investigation?

A Fox News poll released this week found that 59 percent of registered voters approve of Mueller's investigation into possible coordination between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign in the 2016 election, while 37 disapprove. While Trump denies the affairs, his account of his knowledge of the payments has shifted.

And investigators probably would have an easier time of building a state case rather than a federal case against a sitting president, Bonventre said.

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