Thank you for signing up for the STL Morning Rush Newsletter. It was one of the largest fees levied against a presidential campaign. "We could provide her with the information but she wouldn't change her votes", Duncan said of the female holdout.
Trump needs to realise that a pardon for Manafort, Cohen or any other potential witness in Mueller's investigation would be seen as just as corrupt as any other attempt to interfere in the special counsel's investigation.
The White House denied the president had lied, with Sanders calling the assertion "ridiculous". Jurors deadlocked on 10 other charges.
Before the election, Cohen had been a trusted member of the Trump organization, working out of an office in Trump Tower next to one used by his boss.
"These three names - Flynn, Manafort and Cohen - two summers ago at this time were the biggest stars in the Trump campaign firmament", Axelrod said. "I wanted him to be innocent, I really wanted him to be innocent, but he wasn't", she said. The White House has said Trump denies any affair took place.
"He provided no legal services for the year 2017 and it was simply a means to obtain reimbursement for the unlawful campaign contributions", Khuzami said.
Ellis commented in court after he dismissed the jury Tuesday that lawyers on both sides had provided "very effective and zealous representation".
The most-stunning admission he made in court before US District Judge William Pauley was that in 2016, Cohen had made payments of United States dollars 280,000 to silence two women, who otherwise planned to speak publicly about their alleged affairs with a presidential candidate, thereby "intending to influence the 2016 presidential election".
Cohen's plea bargain also makes a possible charge against Trump more stickable.
In a separate courtroom Tuesday, prosecutors and defense attorneys for former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn agreed to postpone his sentencing after he pleaded guilty to lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation about his contacts with a Russian official, in a sign his cooperation was still needed in the Mueller probe.
Other charges included tax evasion and making false statements to a bank. "It is clear that, as the prosecutor noted, Mr. Cohen's actions reflect a pattern of lies and dishonesty over a significant period of time".
Michael Avenatti, a lawyer pressing a civil case against Trump for Daniels, who has said she had sex with the president, tweeted Tuesday that the resolution of the criminal case against Cohen "should also 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". This would create a host of other complications: It would become a campaign issue in every Congressional midterm election this November and could become an albatross on the GOP; it would eliminate Manafort's Fifth Amendment rights against self-incrimination, so he could be compelled to testify before Congress; and it would not apply to any state charges that could be brought against Manafort in NY.
The special counsel's office had indicated previously that it continues to investigate Manafort, including for his alleged coordination with Russians while he worked on the Trump campaign. But court records filed Tuesday also show investigators' interest swept far more broadly, and that the Federal Bureau of Investigation had mined deeply into Cohen's finances. The money came from real estate deals, consulting fees and even brokering the sale of an expensive handbag.
The president was angrier about the Cohen news than the Manafort verdict, two officials said. "You're now having a situation where Donald Trump seems to have behaved in a felonious fashion", said Douglas Brinkley, a presidential historian.
"Buckle Up Buttercup", he wrote. This charge relates to paying $150,000 to a former Playboy model to keep her affair allegation against Trump silent.
As he watched the courtroom proceedings, he told confidants that he feared his eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., could at some point be the one on trial, according to two people familiar with his thinking but not authorized to discuss private conversations.
He said it's "a little surprising" that Cohen's plea agreement with federal prosecutors didn't include a cooperation agreement, though that doesn't bar him from cooperating in the future.