Michael Cohen's lawyer calls on Congress to investigate whether President Donald Trump has directed his former personal lawyer to commit a crime – and says his client will not accept a presidential pardon.
"There's sure to be enough evidence now that Congress is taking such a step," Cohen's attorney Lanny Davis told Bloomberg News on Wednesday.
"This would be the first time in American history that we have evidence of an acting president's crime in which someone pleads guilty and says he was convicted by a president to commit the crime," Davis said.
Davis defeated the debate over whether Cohen should be pardoned by the President for appearing on NBC's "Today" show.
Davis, best known for his defense of Bill Clinton in the former president's indictment scandal, claimed that Cohen would not demand either an apology or a card released in jail when the White House arrived.
"He's not just hoping he would accept no apology, he's holding a pardon from someone as corrupt as a president for something he would never accept," Davis said of his client.
Republicans control both chambers of Congress, meaning that members of the president's own party would have to approve a Congressional investigation.
And GOP legislators on Capitol Hill largely avoid any speculation about what will happen to Trump in the wake of Cohen's guilty cause, CNN reported.
"We are aware of Mr. Cohen's guilty plea to these serious charges and we will need more information than we currently have," spokesman spokesman Paul Ryan said.
Davis argues that his client does not have to prove that Trump made him commit crimes – the president's lawyers have already done so.
He says his client's guilty verdict is based on a letter Trump's current attorney special adviser sent. Robert Mueller admitted that the president advised Cohen to pay the "Stormy Daniels".
"Let me make 100 percent clear: The evidence was definitely provided by Donald Trump's lawyers," Davis said Wednesday. It's not a dispute, it's not about credibility, it's his lawyers who use the word "directed" in a letter.
Calling Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani, who claimed it was not a crime to lie to the American people, Davis said it was federal crime to make illegal campaign contributions, Cohen declared guilty on Tuesday afternoon.
"President Trump has committed a criminal act that has corrupted our democracy," Davis criticized in "Good Morning America." "That's what the electoral campaigning laws are about."
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Michael Cohen's lawyer, Lanny Davis, says his client does not have to prove that Donald Trump has ordered him to commit crimes – the president's lawyers have already done so
DUNKSTER DAY: President Donald Trump looked thoughtful as he left Air Force One on Tuesday at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland
Cohen's bat: The former lawyer of the president slipped through a side entrance with a tennis racket in his home in New York. He has not made a public statement since he pleaded guilty, but his lawyer has accused the president of committing a crime
In the side door: Michael Cohen was mentioned casually when, a few hours after the President accused him of lied in his guilty verdict, he returned home to his Park Avenue apartment
Davis flashed the networks on Tuesday night and appeared on Wednesday morning in three cable shows to explain why his client turned against Trump.
Cohen is ready to tell investigators everything he knows about the president and the conspiracy to collide and corrupt the 2016 elections, Davis said Tuesday by the president's former solicitor and fixator.
Davis says Trump has ordered his client to pay hushback money to pornstar Stormy Daniels and playboy model Karen McDougal to keep them guessing about alleged affairs, which also makes him guilty of a crime.
Trump has an affair with both women denied. Daniels was directly paid by Cohen for $ 130,000 and McDougal was paid by a publisher.
Davis added that Cohen also wanted to give Mueller information about the Democratic National Committee hack ahead of the election, and whether Trump knew or even cheered in advance on the crime.
Russian hackers hacked DNC's email system in June and July 2016, and news was spread via DCLeaks and WikiLeaks. The e-mails indicated that the party leadership favored Hillary Clinton's presidential election in favor of Bernie Sanders and helped her win the nomination. Their revelation led to the resignation of then-DNC chairman Debbie Wasserman Schultz.
Two of Trump's former confidants collapsed on Tuesday within half an hour and announced in a row that they were guilty of federal crimes that could put them in jail for years.
Where is Rudy? The president's current lawyer was nowhere to be found on Wednesday, as the Trump world had burned down
Cohen could have been given a 65-year prison sentence if he had been found guilty of committing financial crimes and violating election campaign laws. Instead, he is sentenced to a maximum of 63 months.
Former Trump campaign leader Paul Manafort investigates life in prison after being convicted of tax evasion and bank fraud in eight cases.
It's a bad day for the president, and I'm sure he understands that, "said Chris Christie, former head of New Jersey Gov and Trump, on Wednesday's" GMA. "
Christie, a former US lawyer himself, said it was "outrageous" that Davis would ask the American people to trust his client now, considering his client was cheating on the federal government and not $ $ taxable income 4 million.
But even the Trump friend admitted that there are still issues that the president and his lawyer need to consider.
"What we need to know is the President 's motive to control these payments, and was this pattern and practice passed through the years before he was a candidate, or was it specific to influence the election? Election influenced, he said, "These are all questions that we need to answer."
Giuliani and another Trump lawyer, Jay Sekulow, were exceptionally quiet on Wednesday when Cohen's lawyer rushed them over.
Sekulow did not respond immediately to a request from DailyMail.com.
The former mayor of New York, Giuliani, has recently become a fixture in major news programs as part of a strategy to pressure Mueller and form national opinion on the Special Court's case. But even he was missing on Tuesday evening and early Wednesday in action.
Instead, Giuliani issued a stern statement on Tuesday evening in response to Cohen's allegations: "There is no allegation that the government's charges against Mr. Cohen are misdemeanors against the president.
"It is clear that, as the prosecutor noted, Mr. Cohen's actions over a longer period of time reflect a pattern of lies and dishonesty."
Michael Cohen's lawyer Lanny Davis (pictured) has suggested that Donald Trump is as guilty as his client after "instructing" him to pay the hushback payments
Lord; & # 39th Cohen knows certain topics that may be of interest to the Special Adviser, and is more than happy to tell the Special Adviser everything he knows, "Davis said in the" Rachel Maddow Show "by MSNBC.
Davis said Trump's ex-lawyer had just made the payment "on Trump's orders", which "caused the president so much a crime".
"(Trump) just did not do it, but he tried to hide by asking his lawyer to do something he did not want to do because he was afraid of the election consequences," he said.
And Davis warned that Cohen had been Trump's personal lawyer for many years, and he knew pretty much everything about Mr. Trump.
Lord; & # 39th Cohen has knowledge of specific topics that may be of interest to the Special Adviser, and is more than happy to tell the Special Adviser everything he knows, "Davis said in MSNBC's" Rachel Maddow Show. "
"Not only because of the obvious possibility of conspiracy to conspire and condemn the American democracy system in the 2016 elections, which was about the Trump Tower meeting, but also the computer crime of hacking and whether Trump knew it before or not Corrupt time on this crime and has even cheered it, "he added.
He added that Cohen had information about Trump who might be of interest in Washington and the state of New York.
In a further interview with CNN on Tuesday, Davis also indicated that Cohen may have incriminating information about the Trump Foundation.
The New York Attorney General has filed a civil lawsuit against Trump and his three eldest children claiming "persistently illegal behavior" regarding foundation funds and using the money in their own interest.
"We'll see if the extent of alleged corruption in relation to the Trump Foundation is an issue for the New York Attorney General," Davis said after being asked if Cohen could provide new information about Trump's alleged misconduct or criminal activity.
"We know that the pardon in the state of New York will not apply."
Davis said Trump should be ready to "see a liberated Michael Cohen speak the truth to power."
And that he was ready to spill everything about Donald Trump, which he knows.
President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort (on the left in his mugshot and on the right in a court case sketch), was found guilty on eight counts following his trial
"It is the truth that is committed to Michal Cohen, and it is the truth that threatens the President of the United States.
Davis would not say if Cohen has already been in contact with the Special Adviser, who is investigating Russia's interference in the 2016 elections and the possible obstruction of justice by Trump, but has said that Mueller will have much interest in what Michael wants say. "
But even with the possible new revelations, Davis said that Trump could face federal lawsuits after Cohen declared under oath that the then presidential candidate condemned him to a crime, "that Donald Trump is guilty of as much of this crime as my client, Mr. Cohen. "
Cohen pleaded guilty on Tuesday for breaking bank fraud, tax fraud, and electoral law.
"Why did not President Trump do it himself, why did not he write or sign the check himself, did he hide because he knew something was wrong with what he was doing, so he told his lawyer to do something, he did not want to know he did it, I think the answer is obvious. "
He added that Trump did not have the courage or at least wanted to be politically exposed at least before the election, so he instructed his lawyer to do what he was unwilling to do. & # 39;
Michael Cohen & # 39; s lawyer suggested that Donald Trump was also guilty of a federal crime after allegedly instructing his client to stop pornstar Stormy Daniels (pictured with Trump, left) and former playboy model Karen McDougal (with Trump, right) to calm down.
"So there is a cover-up by our current President of the United States, which is undeniable."
Davis said he had no qualms about saying that Trump was guiding his client because the president's lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, had thrown his client under the bus by admitting it himself.
What Michael Cohen pleaded guilty to
Five cases of tax evasion. Prevented $ 4.1 million in income from 2012 to 2016, depriving the government of $ 1.3 million in tax revenue.
Make false statements at a bank. Failure to disclose a $ 14 million credit line for taking out loans, including the purchase of a $ 8.5 million summer home. Declared $ 40 million in net assets to apply for a home loan, with $ 14 million in debt lost.
Campaign Financing Violations Helped to address "individual-1's relationships with women" by identifying stories and preventing them from being published. $ 150,000 negotiated with model and actress and $ 130,000 paid to an adult movie actress. He has arranged and made the payments to influence the 2016 presidential election.
He was punished with up to 65 years in prison, but for what he is accused of, he would not have pleaded guilty.
"The word, addressed" came from Donald Trump's lawyers who wrote the Special Adviser and said that Donald Trump instructed Michael Cohen to make that payment, "he added.
Davis, who said Cohen has reservations about Trump's ability to be president, told CNN's Chris Cuomo that his client is "motivated for his country" and "will tell the truth."
Cohen pleaded for eight separate cases, including those concerning Daniels and McDougal.
Although he did not name Trump by name, Trump's former lawyer and fixer spoke in court about paying $ 130,000 and a deal he negotiated with a publisher involving McDougal.
He said that he did so "in coordination and at the direction of a federal agency candidate," CNN reported, blatantly pointing to Trump, his former employer. Federal law prohibits donors from coordinating with a campaign while strictly limiting the amount of contributions.
Both women claim they have affairs with Trump, and both received payments, Daniels directly from Cohen and McDougal from a publisher.
Trump said on Tuesday that he would greatly regret Manafort before his Charleston evening speech. Nevertheless, he ignored Cohen's implication that he was involved in federal crimes.
He failed to mention either Manafort or Cohen at his rally.
But he tore himself into the Mueller probe and called it the "Russian witch hunt" hours after the investigators had reached their deepest conviction of the former Trump election campaign chair Manafort.
"How do you like me now?" Stormy Daniels teased after Michael Cohen's guilty plea, as the pornstar's lawyer claims he can reject Trump in a civil suit
Stormy Daniels invited after President Donald Trump's former personal lawyer Michael Cohen pleaded guilty to a fine he had promised the porn starter to prosecute.
"How do you like me now?!" Daniels tweeted on Tuesday evening, just hours after Cohen pleaded guilty to eight crimes at a New York court, including tax evasion, bank fraud, and election campaign violations.
Daniel's lawyer, Michael Avenatti, said the guilty allegation would reinforce her civil action against Cohen – claiming that he would now be able to force Trump to make an affidavit in the lawsuit.
"Today's developments will allow us to suspend our stay in the civil process and allow us to continue under oath on an accelerated dismissal of what he knew, if he knew, and what he did will make everything available to the public, "Avenatti wrote in a tweet.
Stormy Daniels (on Loose Women on Monday) beat Cohen
Avenatti added, "We are coming, we will end this rubbish container fire of a presidency in one way or another."
It is unclear whether Cohen's testimony in court would actually convince a judge to force Trump to make an affidavit.
Sitting presidents are usually exempt from court cases. But Bill Clinton, while in office, made an indictment in a civil suit for sexual harassment, and his affidavits about Monica Lewinsky led to his indictment for perjury and disability.
Avenatti (above) said Cohen's request and his testimony in court would allow him to sack Trump in a pending civil lawsuit filed by Daniels against Cohen
The two payments were intended to silence two women who claimed to have had affairs with Trump and who were drafted before the 2016 presidential election. One was for $ 130,000 to Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford. The other for $ 150,000 related to former playboy model Karen McDougal.
Trump has denied having affairs with the women. His lawyer Rudy Giuliani said the payments were made to embarrass Trump and his family and that they had nothing to do with the campaign.
Cohen made the payments from his own money and was then reportedly reimbursed by Trump. The prosecution said that the payments constitute an illegal campaign contribution from Cohen.
Cohen said in court that he has arranged payments for "the main purpose of influencing the elections".
"Wrong news, fake, how wrong, how wrong are you?" Trump asked rhetorically. "False news and the Russian witch hunt. We have a whole big combination. Where is the agreement? You know that they are still looking for collusion. Where is the agreement? Find a secret agreement. We want to find the arrangements, "said Trump.
Trump said he feels "very bad" for his former election campaign chairman, who is now being set up following a fraud conviction.
The jury found Paul Manafort guilty of convicting eight of 18 charges in a financial criminal case filed by prosecutors charged with investigating interference in Russian elections.
"I'm very sad about it because it does not affect me, but I still feel, you know, it's a very sad thing that has happened," Trump told reporters before a rally in West Virginia.
The President was in Charleston on Tuesday for a rally on Tuesday that was to inflate his base and spur voters in West Virginia to support Republicans.
But back-to-back strikes in the criminal cases of Manafort and Cohen overshadowed Trump's journey, and the president seemed unusually dejected.
Going to reporters screaming on the tarmac over the former Trump employees, the president said, "I feel bad for both."
In a further interview with CNN on Tuesday, Davis also indicated that Cohen may have incriminating information about the Trump Foundation
"I have to tell you, Paul Manafort is a good man," he insisted.
A federal accounting document outlines how Cohen has helped deal with a person referred to as "Individual-1 Relationships with Women" by identifying stories and preventing them from being published.
The documents note that the person was a candidate for the president.
In addition, he worked to pay money to silence two women who had information that he believed would be harmful to the 2016 campaign and the candidate and the campaign
Cohen negotiated a $ 150,000 "Model and Actress" payment and made a $ 130,000 payment to "an adult movie actress," according to the documents, the offenses he pleaded guilty to. Cohen has initiated and made payments to influence the 2016 presidential election, he admits.
The White House held no press conference in the turmoil, but confronted the reporters only with the safer medium of conference calls. Trump did not mention a bomb development in his speech in West Virginia a few hours after it occurred.
Cohen as part of the lawsuit will be imprisoned for up to four years – in an agreement that does not appear to be involved with special stage Robert Müller. However, some legal experts did not rule out cooperation, and he was more subject to charges than he advocated.
Charge documents show millions of unreported Cohen earnings
Documents also refer to Trump as "Individual-1"
Cohen appeared in federal court on Tuesday and followed a series of reports in which he pleaded guilty to federal crimes, imprisoning him for up to four years.
According to US Attorney Robert Khuzami, Cohen has not reported $ 4.1 million in revenue, which has cost the US Treasury about $ 1.3 million.
He failed to betray $ 14 million when he sought a mortgage loan to raise funds for the porn star.
Khuzami also revealed Cohen's campaign funding for Daniels and McDougal – though he never mentioned the name of the president or porn star.
"He also worked to pay money to silence two women who had information he thought would harm the 2016 campaign and the candidate and the campaign," Khuzami said.
In addition, Mr Cohen applied for reimbursement of that money by presenting invoices to the applicant's firm that were untrue and incorrect. They pointed out that the reimbursement for services rendered was granted for 2017, even though those invoices were actually a dummy. He did not provide legal advice for the year 2017 and it was just a means to get the reimbursement of the illegal campaign contribution, "Khuzami said.
PAUL MANAFORT FOUND GUILTY OF EIGHT NUMBERS OF FRAUD
Paul Manafort was convicted on Tuesday of a federal jury in Alexandria, Virginia, for tax and bank fraud, a ruling that will support Robert Mueller's investigations and undermine President Trump's supporters' arguments that the investigation is groundless and politically motivated.
After four days of deliberation, the jury found Manafort for eight cases of banking and tax fraud that could send the former Trump campaign manager to prison for up to 80 years.
The jury said it was not in a position to judge the 10 additional points, judges T. Ellis explains a misconduct in these points. Judge Ellis said he would not impose the conviction until the government decides to repeat Manafort's 10 more charges.
Manafort, 69, was standing next to his lawyer team and showed no feelings during the reading of the verdict. Er wird Gelegenheit haben, während seiner Verurteilung eine Erklärung abzugeben.
Was passiert nun: Richter T. S. Ellis III wird entscheiden, ob die zehn Anklagen, zu denen die Jury kein Urteil fällen konnte, fallen gelassen werden. Ungeachtet dessen wird Manafort zu acht Betrugsvorwürfen verurteilt, die eine Haftstrafe von bis zu 80 Jahren beinhalten können
Die Regierung hat dem Gericht irgendwo zwischen acht und zehn Jahren Gefängnis wegen Fälschung von Steuererklärungen, Verschwörung zum Bankbetrug und Versäumnis, Berichte über ausländische Bank- und Finanzunterlagen einzureichen, empfohlen.
Die Verurteilung ist der erste große Gerichtssieg für Robert Mueller's Spezialanwalt Untersuchung der Trump-Kampagne und der russischen Wahlfälschung, eine Untersuchung, die Amerikaner geteilt hat und vom Weißen Haus angegriffen wird.
Das Urteil der Jury trotzt Donald Trump, der am vergangenen Freitag Manafort als "eine sehr gute Person" und das Verfahren als "traurig" bezeichnete.
Manafort war ursprünglich mit insgesamt 18 Betrugsfällen angeklagt worden. Die Jury befand sich in der Mehrzahl der schwerwiegendsten Fälle festgefahren, darunter sieben der neun Bankbetrugsklagen, die jeweils 30 Jahre Haft beanspruchten.
Manafort wurde in allen fünf Fällen wegen falscher Steuererklärungen für die Jahre 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 und 2014 verurteilt. Diese tragen jeweils eine dreijährige Mindeststrafe.
Er wurde in einem von vier Fällen für das Jahr 2012 verurteilt, weil er die Existenz seiner Offshore-Bankkonten nicht offengelegt hatte. Die Jury konnte sich nicht darüber einigen, ob er sich auch für die Jahre 2011, 2013 und 2014 schuldig gemacht hat. Die Einzelauszählung trägt eine Höchststrafe von fünf Jahren Gefängnis.
Manafort wurde auch wegen falscher finanzieller Informationen für den Erhalt eines Kredits von 1 Million Dollar von der Bank of California und eines Kredits von 3,4 Millionen Dollar von der Citizens Bank verurteilt. Diese Gebühren tragen jeweils eine Höchststrafe von 30 Jahren.
Er wurde nicht wegen sieben weiterer Bankbetrugsvorwürfe verurteilt, einschließlich der Verschwörung, um betrügerisch ein Bankdarlehen zu erhalten und der Federal Savings Bank falsche Finanzinformationen zu liefern.
Es ist ein verblüffender Abstieg für den politischen Berater, der einst 15.000 Dollar für eine Straußenjacke und Millionen für High-Tech-Ausrüstung für sein Hamptons-Haus ausgegeben hat, jetzt aber den Rest seines Lebens in einer Gefängniszelle verbringen muss.
Er wird von Richter T.S. verurteilt. Ellis nach Hintergrundberichten und Argumentation sowohl aus Strafverfolgung als auch Verteidigung darüber, welcher Satz angemessen ist.
Quellen berichteten NBC von den Verhandlungen über einen möglichen Vorwurf am Dienstagmorgen und stellten fest, dass keine Einigung erzielt worden sei. Das Wort der Gespräche folgte Berichten über das Wochenende, dass Cohen für einen Bankbetrug in Höhe von 20 Millionen Dollar untersucht wird.
ABC berichtete dann, dass Cohen eine Vereinbarung mit Staatsanwälten im südlichen Bezirk von New York getroffen hatte. Cohen ergab sich dem FBI vor einem geplanten 4-Uhr-Gericht Auftritt, nach CNN.
Die Verstöße gegen die Wahlkampffinanzierung betrafen die Zahlung von 130.000 US-Dollar, die Cohen aus eigenen Mitteln an Pornostar Stormy Daniels machte, der behauptet, sie habe eine Affäre mit Trump.
Trump sagte im April, dass er nichts über Zahlungen wusste, die Cohen an Daniels machte – obwohl der Anwalt Rudy Giuliani später sagte, dass Trump seinen langjährigen Anwalt für die Gelder erstattet hatte.
Cohen räumte ein, dass die Zahlung eine Verletzung der strengen Bundesgrenzen für politische Beiträge sei. Die Staatsanwaltschaft erachtete die Zahlung als Sachleistung für die Trump-Kampagne, da sie dabei half, potenziell schädliche Informationen aufzulösen.
Cohen stimmte der Gefängnisstrafe als Teil der Vereinbarung zu.
Trotz der vielen Anklagepunkte, Gefängnisstrafen und Restitutionen war nicht zu erwarten, dass Cohen eine Einigung mit den Behörden erzielen würde, berichtete die New York Times.
Ein solcher Status würde Präsident Trump davor bewahren, einen seiner engsten und kenntnisreichsten Mitarbeiter bei einer Untersuchung zu unterstützen, die der Präsident als "Hexenjagd" bezeichnet hat.
Nevertheless, Trump faced the political prospect of seeing one of his closest longtime advisors go to jail over serious federal crimes. Just as the news broke on Cohen's plans, the White House was holding a press call on Trump's plans to travel the country in support of Republicans.
Cohen pleaded guilty to a campaign finance violation in relation to a $150,000 payment that American Media Inc. made to Playboy model Karen McDougal. AMI publisher David Pecker (c) was part of the deal
Prosecutors in Cohen were negotiating with a man involved in myriad business and political deals involving the president, including the negotiation of a non-disclosure agreement with porn star Stormy Daniels, and talks on an effort to build a Trump Tower in Moscow that fell through.
However, the New York Times reported Tuesday afternoon that the deal did not include an agreement to cooperate.
Cohen in June resigned his post as deputy finance chair of the Republican National Committee once it came out he was under criminal investigation
ROBERT MUELLER'S PROBE SO FAR: SEVEN CONVICTIONS – INCLUDING THREE TOP TRUMP AIDES, A JAILED ATTORNEY AND 25 RUSSIANS ACCUSED
GUILTY: MICHAEL FLYNN
Pleaded guilty to making false statements in December 2017. Awaiting sentence
Flynn was President Trump's former National Security Advisor and Robert Mueller's most senior scalp to date. He previously served when he was a three star general as President Obama's director of the Defense Intelligence Agency but was fired.
He admitted to lying to special counsel investigators about his conversations with a Russian ambassador in December 2016. He has agreed to cooperate with the special counsel investigation.
GUILTY: MICHAEL COHEN
Pleaded guilty to eight counts including fraud and two campaign finance violations in August 2018. Awaiting sentence
Cohen was Trump's longtime personal attorney, starting working for him and the Trump Organization in 2007. He is the longest-serving member of Trump's inner circle to be implicated by Mueller. Cohen professed unswerving devotion to Trump – and organized payments to silence two women who alleged they had sex with the-then candidate: porn star Stormy Daniels and Playboy model Karen McDougal.He admitted that payments to both women were felony campaign finance violations – and admitted that he acted at the 'direction' of 'Candidate-1': Donald Trump.
He also admitted tax fraud by lying about his income from loans he made, money from taxi medallions he owned, and other sources of income, at a cost to the Treasury of $1.3 million.
GUILTY: PAUL MANAFORT
Found guilty of eight charges of bank and tax fraud in August 2018. Awaiting sentence and second trial
Manafort worked for Trump's campaign from March 2016 and chaired it from June to August 2016, overseeing Trump being adopted as Republican candidate at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. He is the most senior campaign official to be implicated by Mueller. Manafort was one of Washington D.C.'s longest-term and most influential lobbyists but in 2015, his money dried up and the next year he turned to Trump for help, offering to be his campaign chairman for free – in the hope of making more money afterwards. But Mueller unwound his previous finances and discovered years of tax and bank fraud as he coined in cash from pro-Russia political parties and oligarchs in Ukraine.
Manafort pleaded not guilty to 18 charges of tax and bank fraud but was convicted of eight counts. The jury was deadlocked on the other 10 charges. A second trial on charges of failing to register as a foreign agent is due in September.
GUILTY: RICK GATES
Pleaded guilty to conspiracy against the United States and making false statements in February 2018. Awaiting sentence
Gates was Manafort's former deputy at political consulting firm DMP International. He admitted to conspiring to defraud the U.S. government on financial activity, and to lying to investigators about a meeting Manafort had with a member of congress in 2013. As a result of his guilty plea and promise of cooperation, prosecutors vacated charges against Gates on bank fraud, bank fraud conspiracy, failure to disclose foreign bank accounts, filing false tax returns, helping prepare false tax filings, and falsely amending tax returns.
GUILTY: GEORGE PAPADOPOLOUS
Pleaded guilty to making false statements in October 2017. Awaiting sentence
Papadopoulos was a member of Donald Trump's campaign foreign policy advisory committee. He admitted to lying to special counsel investigators about his contacts with London professor Josef Mifsud and Ivan Timofeev, the director of a Russian government-funded think tank.
He has agreed to cooperate with the special counsel investigation.
GUILTY: RICHARD PINEDO
Pleaded guilty to identity fraud in February 2018. Awaiting sentence
Pinedo is a 28-year-old computer specialist from Santa Paula, California. He admitted to selling bank account numbers to Russian nationals over the internet that he had obtained using stolen identities.
He has agreed to cooperate with the special counsel investigation.
GUILTY AND JAILED: ALEX VAN DER ZWAAN
Pleaded guilty to making false statements in February 2018. He served a 30-day prison sentence earlier this year and was deported to the Netherlands upon his release.
Van der Zwaan is a Dutch attorney for Skadden Arps who worked on a Ukrainian political analysis report for Paul Manafort in 2012.
He admitted to lying to special counsel investigators about when he last spoke with Rick Gates and Konstantin Kilimnik.
CHARGED: KONSTANTIN KILIMNIK
Indicted for obstruction of justice and conspiracy to obstruct justice.
Kilimnik is a former employee of Manafort's political consulting firm and helped him with lobbying work in Ukraine. He is accused of witness tampering, after he allegedly contacted individuals who had worked with Manafort to remind them that Manafort only performed lobbying work for them outside of the U.S.
He has been linked to Russian intelligence and is currently thought to be in Russia – effectively beyond the reach of extradition by Mueller's team.
INDICTED: THE RUSSIANS
Twenty-five Russian nationals and three Russian entities have been indicted for conspiracy to defraud the United States.
Two of these Russian nationals were also indicted for conspiracy to commit wire fraud and 11 were indicted for conspiracy to launder money. Fifteen of them were also indicted for identity fraud.
Vladimir Putin has ridiculed the charges. Russia effectively bars extradition of its nationals. The only prospect Mueller has of bringing any in front of a U.S. jury is if Interpol has their names on an international stop list – which is not made public – and they set foot in a territory which extradites to the U.S.
Statement to the press by U.S. Attorney Robert Khuzami
'What he did was he worked to pay money to silence two women who had information that he believed would be detrimental to the 2016 campaign and to the candidate and the campaign.'
'In addition, Mr. Cohen sought reimbursement for that money by submitting invoices to the candidate's company which were untrue and false. They indicated that the reimbursement was for services rendered for the year 2017, when in fact those invoices were a sham. He provided no legal services for the year 2017 and it was simply a means to obtain reimbursement for the unlawful campaign contribution.'
'First, these are very serious charges and reflect a pattern of lies and dishonesty over an extended period of time. They are significant in their own rights. They are particularly significant when done by a lawyer. A lawyer who through training and tradition understands what it means to be a lawyer, to engage in honest and fair dealing and adherence to the law. Mr. Cohen disregarded that training. Disregarded that tradition and decided that he was above the law, and for that he is going to pay a very, very serious price …'
'Mr Cohen made guilty pleas for those campaign violations and those are core violations. These remind us that it is illegal for corps to make contributions to candidates and it is illegal to make contributions in excess of the amount that congress set for individuals. That is a strong message today and we will not fear prosecuting additional campaign finance cases …'
'We are a nation of laws and the essence of this case is about is justice and that is an equal playing field for all persons in the eyes of the law and that is a lesson that Mr. Cohen learned today and it is a very harsh one for him.'
WHICH CANDIDATE? Cohen said he negotiated the payments 'In co-ordination with, and at the direction of' a candidate for federal office
Cohen's lawyer Lanny Davis tweeted Tuesday about his client: 'Today he stood up and testified under oath that Donald Trump directed him to commit a crime by making payments to two women for the principal purpose of influencing an election. If those payments were a crime for Michael Cohen, then why wouldn't they be a crime for Donald Trump?'
Justice Department guidelines state that a sitting president shouldn't be charged with a crime while in office, although they could be subject to a court challenge should the government decide to do so.
Numerous legal experts say Trump most likely will avoid getting charged with anything while in office – though he could be charged after he leaves and he could be forced to give testimony in legal matters. The charging documents describe 'Individual-1' as being closely involved with Cohen's efforts. It says Cohen 'coordinated with one or more members of the campaign, including through meetings and phone calls, about the fact, nature, and timing of the payments' to women.
News of Cohen's talks came just as word broke that jurors in the trial of former Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort asked the judge overseeing the case a question about how to proceed if they fail to reach a verdict on a single count.
That in turn led to speculation that special counsel Robert Mueller's team might be on the verge of scoring critical conviction, even if it is on tax and fraud crimes that are not related to the campaign of President Donald Trump.
Mueller's investigators prosecuted Manafort. In the case of Cohen, they handed information they uncovered during their probe to the SDNY for prosecution – although any plea deal could include cooperating with the Russia probe.
The report on Cohen's intentions followed a series of maneuvers by Cohen that raised the prospect he might reach an agreement to cooperate with prosecutors. These included praising the FBI agents who raided his home and apartment, and stating boldly that he would do what is best for his family.
He told ABC's 'Good Morning America' last month that: 'My wife, my daughter and my son have my first loyalty and always will.' He added: 'I put family and country first.'
Cohen left his apartment in New York Tuesday dressed in a dark suit and tie.
His new lawyer, Lanny Davis, told NBC he couldn't comment on an ongoing investigation, having earlier sent signals that Cohen could cooperate. Cohen's hiring of Davis, who has longtime Democratic ties and advised President Bill Clinton, was one such signal.
Michael Cohen, left, former personal lawyer to President Donald Trump, leaves his apartment building past his doorman, in New York, Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018. NBC reported he was in talks about a possible guilty plea
Were Cohen to follow through and plead guilty to any alleged violations, it would come as prosecutors were considering filing charges against him that include include bank and tax fraud, as well as violations of campaign finance law, against Cohen by the end of the month, sources told the New York Times.
Investigators are looking into more than $20 million in loans which were made to taxi companies owned by Cohen and his family. The amounts reportedly involved only upped the pressure on Cohen, who was intimately involved with Trump as he navigated a variety of business deals in recent years.
Financial statements showed that Cohen used his 32 taxi medallions, then worth around $1 million each, as collateral for the loans from Sterling National Bank. Melrose Credit Union also supplied some of the loans made to 16 separate companies controlled by the Cohens. Cohen and his wife also personally guaranteed the loans, according to public findings.
Investigators are now looking to determine whether Cohen misrepresented the true value of his assets to obtain the loans.
They are also looking at when the lawyer violated campaign finance laws by arranging hush money deals to secure the silence of women who claimed to have had affairs with Trump.
The FBI raided Cohen's home and office earlier this year as part of their investigation into his alleged tax fraud.
President Trump's (left) former personal lawyer Michael Cohen (right) is being investigated for a $20 million bank fraud, according to a new report
Investigators are looking at whether Cohen's income from his taxi-medallion business was underreported in federal tax returns, The Wall Street Journal reported.
That income reportedly included hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash and other payments over the last five years.
Donald Trump has criticized the probe into his former attorney, calling the raids an 'attack on our country in a true sense.'
Cohen caught the attention of the Manhattan US Attorney's Office during Justice Department Special Counsel Robert Mueller's probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential race.
Prosecutors are looking into whether Cohen inflated the value of any of his assets as collateral for bank loans, the Journal reported citing sources familiar with the investigation.
If convicted of tax- and bank-fraud, Cohen, who once said he'd take a bullet for President Donald Trump, could find himself subject to heavy jail time.
That threat could put pressure on Cohen, once known as Trump's 'fixer,' to cooperate with prosecutors if he's charged with these crimes.
Cohen was Trump's personal attorney for years and has deep ties to the Trump Organization.
He is reportedly prepared to tell Mueller that the president knew about the infamous June 2016 Trump Tower meeting ahead of time and approved of it.
That meeting was attended by Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner, then-Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort and a lawyer with ties to the Kremlin who claimed to have dirt on Trump's presidential rival Hillary Clinton.
Trump has denied he knew about the meeting ahead of time.
But that gathering at Trump Tower has become a central focus of Mueller's look into what role Russian played in the 2016 presidential election.
Meanwhile federal prosecutors are taking a deep dive into Cohen's business dealings after Mueller's team handed over documents discovered in an April 9th FBI raid.
They are looking closely at Cohen's relationship with Sterling National Bank, which provided financing for his taxi-medallion business. Medallions are the permits taxi drivers need to operate in the city.
Federal prosecutors subpoenaed Jeffrey Getzel, Cohen's former accountant who was responsible for preparing many of Cohen's financial statements.
Cohen's lawyer, Lanny Davis, declined to comment to the newspaper 'out of respect for the ongoing investigation.'
As of April 2018, Cohen owned 22 medallions in Chicago, and either he or his wife, Laura, controlled 32 medallions in New York City.
Taxi medallions were considered a solid investment that are bought and sold on a secondary market. Some in New York sold for an average $1.25 million per medallion in 2013 and 2014.
But their value has fallen sharply in recent years due to competition from ride-sharing services such as Uber and Lyft. Some estimate the value of each medallion has dropped to $200,000 to $225,000.
As prosecutors look at whether Cohen under reported his income to avoid federal taxes they're also examining whether he overstated it in loan applications.
Cohen has previously denied any wrongdoing.
He worked on projects for Trump ranging from Trump Tower Moscow that never got off the ground to a non-disclosure agreement with porn star Stormy Daniels, who claims she had an affair with Trump, and on a deal involving former Playboy model Karen McDougal, who also claimed an affair.
Trump has denied both women's allegations of a sexual affair.
But Cohen also had his own business dealings including real estate, personal loans and investments in taxi medallions.
Evgeny A. Freidman, a Russian immigrant known as 'the Taxi King' and who partnered with Cohen in the taxi medallion business, avoided jail time and got five years probation when he pleaded guilty to tax evasion in May.
As a condition, he is cooperating with prosecutors, who may find him to be a valuable witness as they investigate Cohen on potential tax, campaign finance, and bank fraud charges.
His deal came after an April 9th FBI raid on Cohen's home, office, and hotel where he was staying. They scooped up 3.7 million digital documents.
If Freidman is able to provide useful information, it might strengthen prosecutors hands if they decide to charge Cohen.
Prosecutors are already combing through Cohen's financial records, including big payments he got from major firms as he touted his access to President Trump after the elections.
Also under the microscope is his $130,000 payment to porn star Stormy Daniels, who signed a nondisclosure agreement and claims she had an affair with Trump.
The president revealed last week on his financial disclosure that he 'reimbursed' Cohen for expenses related to a payment of up to $250,000.
Cohen is under investigation for possible bank fraud. He has said he took out a home equity loan in order to make the payment to Daniels, which he executed through a Delaware LLC he set up in October of 2016, weeks before the presidential election.