All the President's Men Are Flipping on Donald Trump
- Author: Wendy Palmer Aug 27, 2018,
Aug 27, 2018, 1:46
The charges brought by federal prosecutors on Tuesday, which included a count of false statements to a bank and campaign-finance violations tied to payments he made to silence women who claimed affairs with Trump, also described a tax evasion scheme linked to Cohen's taxi medallion business. On the recording, Mr. Cohen and Mr. Trump appeared to discuss reimbursing American Media for a payment to former Playboy model Karen McDougal, who has said she had a year-long affair with Mr. Trump.
Cohen has stayed out of sight and has remained emotional since his plea, according to the people close to him. But legal experts such as Alan Dershowitz argue campaign-finance law requires that intent be proved, and reasons for making the payments apart from the election can be cited.
In fact, prosecutors said, Cohen had no retainer agreement with the Trump Organization at the time, and the invoices were not in connection with any legal services he provided in 2017.
Congress must open investigations into Trump's role in the crime Cohen has admitted to.
On Friday, trump demanded that the General Prosecutor Jeff and Roman sessions to start the investigation against the ex-candidate for the presidential elections, as well as other representatives of the Democratic party.
"The bigger company is the American Media Inc., it's a holding company, it encompasses the National Enquirer, as it's flagship, USA magazine, Life & Style, In Touch", Alpert told Gura, stressing it was a print-heavy company whose magazines line supermarket checkouts.
REVELATIONS that the publication The National Enquirer reportedly kept a safe containing secret documents outlining its deals with Donald Trump has ignited internet fury.
American Media did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Trump has insisted he did nothing wrong.
Mr. Trump has also denied having sex with the second woman, adult-film actress Stormy Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford. Cohen's lawyer, Lanny Davis, has said Cohen has information "that would be of interest" to the special counsel. Meantime, Cohen also committed bank and tax fraud relating to his NY taxi and other businesses. Trump has routinely denounced the probe as a "witch hunt".
Manafort, Trump's former campaign chairman, was found guilty on eight counts, including filing false tax returns and two bank fraud charges that will nearly certainly guarantee years of prison for him.
And Manafort faces a second trial in Washington D.C. on September 17 on separate charges that include conspiracy, money laundering, failing to register as a foreign lobbyist and making false and misleading statements to federal agents.