Trump lashes out at his former lawyer after guilty plea

President Donald Trump speaks at a steel mill in Granite City Illinois on July 26 telling the audience that they shou

President Donald Trump speaks at a steel mill in Granite City Illinois on July 26 telling the audience that they shou

On Tuesday, Trump's former personal lawyer and "fixer", Michael Cohen, pleaded guilty to campaign-finance violations.

Cohen said in court Wednesday that he was directed by a "candidate for federal office" - which many have assumed to be Trump - to make the hush payments, reopening a debate about whether a president can be indicted.

"Here they're trying to elevate this into an impeachable offense or a felony against the president", Dershowitz said, adding that Cohen's plea deal is "not almost as deadly lethal" to Trump as "some have portrayed it as being".

Manafort and Cohen probably could have continued committing financial crimes and making lots of money for the rest of their working lives if only Trump hadn't won the election and become ensnared in a special counsel investigation.

Earlier in the morning, Trump broke his silence on the guilty plea by Cohen, writing his a wisecracking tweet that he would not recommend hiring him as a lawyer.

The episode shows the depth of the schism that's emerged between Trump and Cohen, who once boasted he would take a bullet for his most powerful client.

"In Cohen's case, because they had him over a barrel, because they had all these crimes that they could prosecute him for, they got him to sign a plea that was not negotiated, it was take it or leave it, and he signed it to save his own hide and get a reduced sentence", Schlapp said.

Davis might have been referring to the GoFundMe page titled "Michael Cohen Truth Fund".

It relates to the President of the United States, Donald Trump, and we're going to get to the bottom now in connection with the civil case as to what the president knew, and what he knew about it, and when he knew it, and what he did about it.

The Mueller investigation has clouded Trump's presidency for more than a year.

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One of those pardons Davis brought up specifically in Wednesday's interview: the one issued to former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio, a staunch Trump supporter.

President Donald Trump's longtime personal lawyer Michael Cohen is prepared to share more information with special counsel Robert Mueller in the federal investigation into Russian election interference and possible ties to Trump's campaign, according to his lawyer. The heavily scrutinized encounter, Davis said, "requires an overt act to be criminal".

"Well these are serious charges and they can't be ignored", said Sen.

One tweet specifically referenced the trial of Paul Manafort, Trump's former campaign chairman, who was convicted of eight financial crimes on Wednesday in a case stemming from the Russian Federation probe. "We continue the witch hunt".

Mr Davis said his client "was talking about Donald Trump" and that he had "directed and co-ordinated" the payments. "'Justice" took a 12 year old tax case, among other things, applied tremendous pressure on him and, unlike Michael Cohen, he refused to "break" - make up stories in order to get a "deal.' Such respect for a fearless man!"

Manafort was convicted of eight felony counts, including charges of filing false tax returns and failing to report foreign bank accounts.

Trump, in turn, praised Manafort as "a fearless man!" raising speculation the former campaign operative could become the recipient of a pardon.

Cohen's guilty plea could add to Democratic calls to impeach the president.

The president's legal difficulties could also have political implications.

There has been no indication that Cohen will talk to or cooperated with Mueller's team.

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