Friday, 16 November, 2018

Trump says Michael Cohen making up stories

US President Donald Trump at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster N.J US President Donald Trump at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster N.J
Lloyd Bates | 24 August, 2018, 05:26

Stormy Daniels, the porn star at the center of President Donald Trump's longtime lawyer Michael Cohen's criminal investigation, and her lawyer Michael Avenatti said they were "vindicated" by Cohen's guilty pleas on Tuesday.

Trump has insisted that he only found out about the payments after they were made, despite the release of a September 2016 taped conversation in which Trump and Cohen can be heard discussing a deal to pay McDougal for her story of a 2006 affair she says she had with Trump.

Cohen said in federal court Tuesday that he made the payments "in coordination and at the direction of a candidate for federal office".

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

"I do believe that he has information about Mr. Trump that would be of interest both in Washington as well as NY state", Davis said. As for whether a president can pardon himself, not surprisingly, courts have never had to answer that question.

On Wednesday, Trump broke his uncharacteristic silence over the Cohen case in an early morning tweet that appeared to be an attempt to make light of the situation.

Cohen was once one of Trump's most loyal defenders and even said at one point that he would "take a bullet" for Trump.

Dershowitz then lashed out at Michael Cohen, saying "the only evidence that the president has done anything wrong comes from a man who is admitted to be a liar".

The New York Post had previously reported that Cohen was present when Donald Trump Jr. informed his father in 2016 that he had met with a Kremlin-connected lawyer who was offering dirt on Hillary Clinton that had been stolen by Russian hackers.

"He will not, and does not want anything from Donald Trump", Davis told MSNBC.

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Cohen's lawyer Lanny Davis on Tuesday said his client was "more than happy to tell the special counsel all that he knows" about a possible conspiracy to corrupt the American democratic system in 2016, as well as computer hacking.

Trump has acknowledged that he paid Cohen between $100,000 and $250,000 previous year.

"I see both calls for impeachment proceedings beginning, and internal moves within DOJ to examine the indictment of a sitting President", Katyal said.

His plea came as former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort was found guilty on eight charges in his financial fraud trial stemming from the federal investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 US election and possible coordination with the Trump campaign.

Trump's response was to discredit Cohen - contrasting his actions with the "brave" Manafort.

Speaking of the special counsel, Davis had nothing but praise for Mueller and the way he has conducted his investigation. Michael "The Rat" Cohen is how one person close to the president privately described him, a CNN journalist has reported.

"The $130,000 payment - count eight [of Cohen's charges] - absolutely, directly relates to her".

Michael Cohen was also effectively accusing the president of the United States of joining him in criminal activity ahead of the 2016 election. "'Unlike Michael Cohen, he refused to 'break" - make up stories in order to get a 'deal".

There has been no indication that Cohen will talk to or cooperated with Mueller's team. Behind closed doors, Trump expressed worry and frustration that a man intimately familiar with his political, personal and business dealings for more than a decade had turned on him.

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