Michael Cohen lawyer makes GoFundMe for Cohen's legal fees, gets cash fast

Michael Cohen lawyer makes GoFundMe for Cohen's legal fees, gets cash fast

Michael Cohen lawyer makes GoFundMe for Cohen's legal fees, gets cash fast

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.

He told a federal court in Manhattan that Mr Trump directed him to arrange payments ahead of the 2016 presidential election to silence two women who said they had affairs with Mr Trump.

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.

The plea has sent shockwaves through Washington DC and followed the guilty verdict for disgraced former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort over eight charges of tax and bank fraud and failing to disclose foreign bank accounts.

Three months later, Cohen's legal team released a secretly recorded conversation between Trump and Cohen discussing a payment made to former Playboy model Karen McDougal back in September 2016.

Special counsel Robert Mueller referred Cohen to federal prosecutors in NY as part of his investigation into allegations of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation.

Despite saying earlier that he "would take a bullet" for the president, Cohen has now pleaded guilty to finance violation charges against him and implicated Trump in the case.

Cohen did not mention Trump but name, but Cohen pleaded guilty to making illegal campaign contributions to the Trump campaign on the same day that he facilitated a $130,000 payment to porn star Stormy Daniels.

Manafort was found guilty by a jury in Virginia on charges brought by special counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election and potential obstruction of justice. "If you look at President Obama, he had a massive campaign violation but he had a different attorney general and they viewed it a lot differently".

Cohen's then-lawyer called the use of search warrants "completely inappropriate".

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Cohen's plea agreement does not spell out clearly that he will cooperate with the federal government.

Cohen has had a front-row seat to Mr. Trump's business dealings for years.

Even though he did not name Trump either, Cohen clearly explained that he was acting at the direction of the president and the goal of the payment was to buy the women's silence so that the accusations would not dampen the election.

Mr. Manafort was found guilty of bank and tax frauds and one charge of failing to disclose foreign bank accounts, by a jury in Virginia, in the suburbs of the US capital. "Such respect for a fearless man!"

Federal Bureau of Investigation raids in April sought bank records, communications with Trump's campaign and information on payments to Daniels and McDougal.

Despite the plea deal, Cohen could still face prison time.

In effect, Trump appeared to brush off developments that several of his aides and confidants said amounted to one of the worst days of his presidency.

In April, the Federal Bureau of Investigation raided Cohen's New York City home and office.

Trump is scheduled to leave the White House later Tuesday and make remarks at a rally in West Virginia.

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