Trump ex-lawyer Cohen pleads guilty - and implicates president

Michael Cohen

Michael Cohen

Cohen has for months been under investigation for bank and tax fraud, as well as possible campaign finance violations. And as CBS News has previously reported, Cohen has indicated he is willing to tell special counsel Robert Mueller that Mr. Trump was aware of the 2016 Trump Tower meeting before it took place, although he has shown no evidence to support this claim. 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 objective of influencing an election.

Earlier Tuesday, Cohen pleaded guilty to eight counts and although his plea deal does not require him to testify against the president, the deal itself implicates Mr. Trump because it says he had paid off two women to influence the election at Mr. Trump's behest.

FILE - Paul Manafort, right, campaign manager to Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump, and his assistant Rick Gates stand on the floor of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, July 17, 2016.

The lawyer for Michael Cohen fired multiple shots across the President Trump's bow Tuesday night, saying his client can help special counsel Robert Mueller.

The jury, after nearly four days of deliberations, found Manafort guilty of two of nine bank fraud charges, all five tax fraud charges he faced and one of four charges of failing to disclose foreign bank accounts.

The FBI raided Cohen's office and residence in April, uncovering materials related to a payment made to former Playboy model Karen McDougal, who also claims she had an affair with the president.

US Has ‘Addiction To Sanctions’, Says Iran
Washington has withdrawn from a deal that had lifted sanctions on Tehran in return for curbs on its nuclear program. The group will be led by Brian Hook, who is now the State Department's director of policy planning.

The case was uncovered by special counsel Robert Mueller, but it was handled by prosecutors in NY.

If you read the New York Times on Tuesday afternoon, in addition to bank fraud charges, Cohen was going to plead guilty "over payments to women".

A NY judge has formally ended the attorney-client privilege review of items seized from President Donald Trump's former personal lawyer, leaving prosecutors to decide what's next in their fraud probe. His lawyer later said Cohen was referring to Trump.

Cohen some weeks ago released a tape of his conversation with Trump over that payment.

Manafort reportedly faces up to five years in jail.

Manafort, 69, has been in jail since June after his bail was revoked following new charges of witness tampering against him.

Recommended News

  • Transference launches September 18, PS4 demo now available

    The game's visuals are impressively striking as objects glitch in and out of place creating an immediately unsettling atmosphere. Players will need to shift between three perspectives to uncover the mystery of the mind-bending psychological thriller.
    Hurricane Lane, packing 150 mph winds, presents rare direct threat to Hawaii

    Hurricane Lane, packing 150 mph winds, presents rare direct threat to Hawaii

    The storm was traveling west at 12 miles per hour with 150 miles per hour maximum sustained winds. While hurricanes and tropical storms frequently roam close to the islands, direct hits are rare.
    Valve's Steam TV could offer real competition for Twitch

    Valve's Steam TV could offer real competition for Twitch

    Valve did not immediately respond to Variety's request for comment regarding the future functionality of Steam.tv. It could end up just being a hosting ground for tournaments for Valve's games, like Artifact, Dota 2 and CS:GO.
  • Ice cream that looks like real puppies

    Ice cream that looks like real puppies

    Thie video shows that the ice-cream moulds of Shar-Pei puppies are so realistic, they nearly look too authentic to devour. J C Co Art Kitchen, a cafe in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, has become an Instagram sensation thanks to their unique desserts.
    Carl Frampton - Josh Warrington fight will be tougher test than Jackson

    Carl Frampton - Josh Warrington fight will be tougher test than Jackson

    Frampton's last stoppage win was nearly three years ago, expect him to delight the Windsor Park crowd by ending that run tonight. I have come from nothing. "I hit him with a body shot before I dropped him and I don't know how he stayed up from it".
    Harvard professor slams coconut oil as ‘pure poison’

    Harvard professor slams coconut oil as ‘pure poison’

    Coconut oil is rich in saturated fat, which for years has been demonized in the nutrition media. In fact, many so-called superfoods may not be all they're cracked up to be.
  • Marshmallows toast the news that Veronica Mars may come to Hulu

    Marshmallows toast the news that Veronica Mars may come to Hulu

    We're told the arrangement will allow Bell to appear on the new series despite her commitments to NBC's The Good Place . That's what Veronica Mars seems to have pulled off. " Veronica Mars " could be making its long-awaited TV return.
    Asian Games: Guiao, PH squad almost  pull it off

    Asian Games: Guiao, PH squad almost pull it off

    Paul Dalistan had the chance to win the game for the Philippines, but missed his three-point attempt in the ensuing possession.
    Trump administration moves to relax coal pollution rules

    Trump administration moves to relax coal pollution rules

    Trump's EPA says its replacement would be cheaper too, costing some $400 million less each year than Obama's carbon dioxide curbs. The EPA must take comment on the proposal for the next 60 days, and environmental groups are sure to fight it.
  • 1 with LPGA Indy playoff win

    1 with LPGA Indy playoff win

    She made a good effort with her birdie putt, but it slipped by to open the door for Park, who rattled in a 10-footer for the win. Yin was tied for fifth with Thidapa Suwannapura of Thailand and Amy Yang of South Korea, who also had eight holes to go.
    HTC announces Vive Wireless Adapter pre-order date

    HTC announces Vive Wireless Adapter pre-order date

    'Since the first demos of Vive , we've known that to deliver on the best of premium VR, we wanted it to be wireless, ' claims Daniel O'Brien, general manager of HTC Vive's American arm.
    Steve Bruce Holding Yannick Bolasie Talks, Attempting To Hijack Middlesbrough's Swoop

    Steve Bruce Holding Yannick Bolasie Talks, Attempting To Hijack Middlesbrough's Swoop

    And Boro are thought to be "leading the charge" for the experienced attacker, with a loan-to-buy deal an option. A "deal in principle" has also been reached between Middlesbrough and Everton for midfielder Mo Besic.

We are pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news.
Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper.
Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.