Trump News: ‘Worst Day of the Trump Presidency’ as Michael Cohen Plead Guilty and Paul Manafort Convicted – US President’s Reaction Is Priceless!

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The White House was rocked by two monumental developments on Tuesday when Paul Manafort was convicted on eight counts related to financial fraud, and Michael Cohen pleaded guilty to tax evasion, bank fraud, and campaign finance violations.

“This is, bar none, the worst day of the Trump presidency,” Andrew Wright, a former associate in the White House counsel’s office under President Barack Obama said.

Here’s what you need to know about it.

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Michael Cohen case

Cohen pleaded guilty in New York, saying he and Trump had arranged the payment of hush money to porn star Stormy Daniels and a former Playboy model to influence the election.

Michael Cohen said he had made illegal campaign and corporate contributions “at the direction of” a 2016 presidential candidate and with the “purpose of influencing the election.” That candidate is widely understood to be Trump.

The counts against Cohen included tax fraud, false statements to a bank and campaign finance violations tied to his work for Trump, including payments Cohen made or helped orchestrate that were designed to silence women who claimed affairs with the then-candidate.

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Though not named in the plea deal filed in court, the women whom Cohen helped silence were two who have since gone public with their claims of sexual encounters or affairs with Trump: a porn star named Stephanie Clifford, who goes by the stage name Stormy Daniels, and a former Playboy model named Karen McDougal. Trump has denied the claims.

Adult-film star Stormy Daniels was given $130,000 and former Playboy model Karen McDougal was paid $150,000.

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It is the Cohen case that places Trump in the most jeopardy, legal experts said, as the longtime personal “fixer” acknowledged his role in a scheme to pay off women who accused the future president of sexual misconduct.

“It’s going to be hard for the president to try to discredit all this. It’s circling him,” said David Weinstein, a former federal prosecutor who is not involved in the case.

Cohen’s guilty plea means he would be available as a witness in any potential prosecution of Trump during or after his presidency as Department of Justice (DOJ) policy states that a sitting president cannot be indicted.

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Paul Manafort case and Trump’s reaction

Paul Manafort, the man who spent five critical months leading Trump’s campaign in 2016, was found guilty of eight financial crimes. Manafort was convicted in Virginia on charges brought by special counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election and potential obstruction of justice.

On the 10 other charges brought against Manafort, the jury couldn’t reach a unanimous conclusion and the presiding judge declared a mistrial on those counts.

Following the Manafort verdict on Tuesday, Trump said, “It doesn’t involve me, but it’s a very sad thing that happened. This has nothing to with Russian collusion.”

Trump added: “This started as Russian collusion. This has absolutely nothing to do — this is a witch hunt.”

Later Trump left a little piece of advice on his Twitter account saying “If anyone is looking for a good lawyer, I would strongly suggest that you don’t retain the services of Michael Cohen!”


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Trump News: 'Worst Day of the Trump Presidency' as Michael Cohen Plead Guilty and Paul Manafort Convicted
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Trump News: 'Worst Day of the Trump Presidency' as Michael Cohen Plead Guilty and Paul Manafort Convicted
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The White House was rocked by two monumental developments on Tuesday when Paul Manafort was convicted on eight counts related to financial fraud, and Michael Cohen pleaded guilty to tax evasion, bank fraud, and campaign finance violations. "This is, bar none, the worst day of the Trump presidency," Andrew Wright, a former associate in the White House counsel's office under President Barack Obama said. Here's what you need to know about it.
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