Falling down: How the Trump-Cohen relationship crumbled

by Abel Hampton August 28, 2018, 1:56
Falling down: How the Trump-Cohen relationship crumbled

Folks conversant in Cohen's testimony to the House and Senate Intelligence committees mentioned Cohen became interviewed broadly regarding the Russian interference marketing campaign but didn't provide any data to counsel Trump had approach data. "True one other phony sage by the False News Media!"

Hovering over everything are the November midterm elections, when Americans will deliver another kind of verdict on Republican control of the presidency and Congress. Further, corporations are prohibited from making contributions, so the payments by AMI - which Cohen states were part of an advance agreement with Trump - were likely illegal, as well.

The verdict and the guilty plea occurred within minutes of one another on Tuesday afternoon, and Cohen directly implicated the president in a pair of campaign finance violations related to his arrangement in 2016 to silence two women who say they had affairs with Trump years earlier.

President Trump has repeatedly tried to demand absolute loyalty from top law enforcement officials and has fired some who choose to fulfill their constitutional duties rather than following the orders of a president whose administration, campaign, and business interests are mired in scandals, federal investigations, indictments and convictions.

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.

The president for months has railed against Sessions over his recusal from the Russian Federation probe.

On Thursday, Cohen's attorney, Lanny Davis, said his client still doesn't know if Trump knew about the meeting, despite news reports in July saying that Cohen was willing to tell special counsel Robert Mueller that Trump did know, reports Axios. Trump calls the probe a "witch hunt" and has not said whether he will sit for an interview with Mueller. The Trump Organization did not respond to a request for comment. Again, he confessed to a crime yesterday on Fox News in response to the Cohen guilty plea. He could get about four to five years in prison at sentencing December 12.

With Trump, the personal beats the political.

Mr. Pecker has previously said he is a longtime friend of Messrs. He faces a trial later this year in Washington on federal charges of conspiracy and witness tampering.

Also Tuesday, prosecutors and defense attorneys for former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn agreed to postpone his sentencing after he pleaded guilty to lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation about his contacts with a Russian official.

Davis has strongly telegraphed that Cohen is willing to cooperate with Mueller's investigation.

He was there in the lobby of Trump Tower in June 2015 when his boss descended an escalator and changed history by declaring his candidacy for president.

Court papers say that Pecker "offered to help deal with negative stories about (Trump's) relationships with women by, among other things, assisting the campaign in identifying such stories so they could be purchased and their publication avoided".

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