Will the stock market crash if Trump is impeached?

Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) think Attorney General Jeff Sessions is on his way out - and they seem ready to replace him.

President Trump, his spokespeople and his attorneys have changed their story repeatedly about what the president knew about hush money to women and when he knew about it. Trump's story changed again this week after his one-time lawyer Michael Cohen pleaded guilty to criminal campaign finance violations associated with those payments.

Trump himself has opined on this possibility in recent days, telling Fox News in an interview that he doesn't "know how you can impeach somebody who's done a great job".

Asked at the briefing if Trump was concerned about what Cohen might tell Mueller, Sanders replied: "I don't think the president is concerned at all".

"You would see - you would see numbers that you wouldn't believe in reverse", he added. Fired former Federal Bureau of Investigation deputy director Andrew McCabe raked in more than US$500,000 in just five days of his legal defence campaign, and Daniels funded her lawsuit against the president with about US$500,000 raised from almost 17,000 donors. Those attorneys have also stated that special counsel Robert Mueller, investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election, plans to stick to those guidelines. Specifically, we allege that Trump violated federal law by receiving illegal contributions from Cohen and AMI in the form of payments made to McDougal and Daniels, and by failing to report these contributions to the FEC.

However, Mr Trump insisted the two payments had not broken election campaign rules.

"Today he (Cohen) stood up and testified under oath that Donald Trump directed him to commit a crime by making payments to two women for the principal goal of influencing an election", Cohen's lawyer, Lanny Davis, said on twitter.

"If anyone is looking for a good lawyer", said President Donald Trump ruefully, "I would strongly suggest that you don't retain the services of Michael Cohen".

"Campaign violations are considered not a big deal, frankly", he said.

Trump then said the hush payments were financed with his own money - to which Cohen had access - and that while he had no knowledge of them at the time, he had since been fully transparent.

Trump's lawyers have been negotiating with Mueller about whether the President would submit to an interview as part of Mueller's Russian Federation investigation.

"What kind of a man is this?" It happened in an interview with Sean Hannity on Fox News.

Reporter: "Do you know where he got the money to make that payment?" Judiciary Committee chair Grassley seems to agree, also saying Thursday that he'll make time for the committee to hear new nominees for attorney general.

"It's called flipping and it nearly ought to be illegal", Trump said.

Cohen's plea came as Manafort was found guilty on eight charges in a separate financial fraud trial in Alexandria, Virginia, stemming from a federal investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 USA election and possible coordination with the Trump campaign.

The US president lauded the 69-year-old Manafort for leaving his fate to a jury rather than striking a plea deal - a move that has sparked speculation Manafort hopes for a pardon.

It will be the first such meeting for US Fed chairman Jerome Powell, whom Trump has criticized by name, along with the US central bank itself, for interest rate hikes that Trump says will hinder economic growth.

Avenatti tweeted that the Cohen pleas should "permit us to proceed with an expedited deposition of Trump under oath about what he knew, when he knew it, and what he did about it".

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