Donald Trump Slams Lawyer Michael Cohen, Praises Paul Manafort

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On Tuesday evening, former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort was found guilty of tax and bank fraud charges while his former personal lawyer Michael Cohen admitted paying off former porn star Stormy Daniels following her alleged affair with the USA president.

The magazine did not run the story, with Cohen saying yesterday that attempts had been made to silence both women in a bid to help Trump's successful White House run.

Cohenpleaded guilty to eight felony charges, including campaign finance violations and tax evasion.

In court on Tuesday, Cohen did not name the president, referring instead to "a candidate for federal office", a clear reference to Trump.

Even so, Trump tells Earhardt he only knew "later on".

The website Davis mentioned - michaelcohentruth.com - actually redirected to Trump's campaign website. That's the big thing.

"Well these are serious charges and they can't be ignored", said Sen. "They came from me".

"The president of the United States is a criminal", he continued. "They came from me and I tweeted about it". But they weren't - it's not, it's not even a campaign violation.

Earlier on Wednesday, Davis told CNN that Cohen has knowledge that would be of interest to Special Counsel Robert Mueller in the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election and whether there was collusion with Trump or members of his campaign.

And in a Virginia courtroom Tuesday, onetime Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort has been convicted of financial crimes.

Trump, on Twitter, maintained otherwise, saying, "Michael Cohen plead guilty to two counts of campaign finance violations that are not a crime".

Cohen, once seen as one of Trump's most loyal advisers, admitted Tuesday to violating federal campaign finance laws by arranging hush money payments to adult film star Stormy Daniels and former Playboy model Karen McDougal "at the direction" of then-candidate Trump during the 2016 race.

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Cohen's lawyer, Lanny Davis, said this morning that Cohen has information "that would be of interest" to the special counsel.

Trump has denied the allegation, and Daniels is suing Cohen and Trump to void the non-disclosure agreement. For Republicans, a top GOP aide tells CBS News Correspondent Nancy Cordes, "This is the most uncomfortable Republicans have been" about the president's actions, but they still don't plan to take more decisive action than they have in the past.

Obama's campaign was fined $375,000 by the FEC - one of the largest fines levied against a presidential campaign - for missing reporting deadlines on $1.8 million in contributions.

Investors are considering whether the twin setback will hurt the Republican Party's election prospects and widen a criminal probe that has overshadowed Mr Trump's presidency.

Trump's attorneys said Cohen is lying in order to get better treatment from prosecutors over his own illegal conduct.

Unlike Cohen, 69-year-old Manafort did not take a plea deal, choosing to leave his fate to a jury and prompting speculation that he was hoping for a pardon by Trump - something the president has refused to rule out.

In a morning tweet, Mr Trump said, "I feel very badly for Paul Manafort and his wonderful family".

And he sought to discredit Cohen - contrasting his actions with those of Manafort, whom he called "such a fearless man".

Of course, the jury's failure to reach a verdict on 10 counts does not mean Manafort is innocent of those charges.

Sanders said there are no discussions at the White House on whether to grant Paul Manafort a pardon.

"The developments of today will permit us to have the stay lifted in the civil case & 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", Avenatti tweeted.

While in West Virginia, Trump offered brief comments on Manafort, whose case was unrelated to special counsel Robert Mueller's probe of Russian Federation interference in the 2016 election.

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