Ex-Trump Attorney Michael Cohen Pleads Guilty To Tax Evasion

Michael Cohen is the closest member of President Trump’s inner circle to come under criminal investigation

He also tweeted: "Michael Cohen plead guilty to two counts of campaign finance violations that are not a crime".

U.S. President Donald Trump's former personal lawyer Michael Cohen testified on Tuesday that Trump had directed him to commit a crime by arranging payments ahead of the 2016 presidential election to silence two women who said they had affairs with Trump.

Arriving in West Virginia for a campaign rally Tuesday night, Trump said he felt badly for Manafort and called him a "good man" before adding, "It doesn't involve me".

Democratic senators issued a warning to President Donald Trump about exercising his pardoning powers on two of his top former aides, 2016 campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his longtime attorney Michael Cohen: You don't want to go there.

And let's keep in mind, I mean, the Stormy Daniels and Karen McDougal stories have nothing at all to do with the ambit of special counsel Mueller's investigation, which is about Russian interference in the election, part of why special counsel Mueller presumably referred these cases to federal prosecutors in New York. So.

Cohen said in court Tuesday he violated a campaign-finance law in 2016 at the "direction" of a political candidate he didn't identify in court.

Cohen's plea agreement does not spell out clearly that he will cooperate with the federal government.

He didn't respond to reporters' questions about Cohen.

Later Wednesday, Trump told Fox News that the payments "didn't come out of the campaign".

In April of this year, Federal Bureau of Investigation agents executed a search warrant on Cohen's home, office, and hotel room seizing millions of documents on paper and digital media. This has given the president's detractors the ammunition they need to continue demanding that the special counsel stay afloat - and to continue challenging President Trump's duly elected mandate, benefiting the Kremlin's mission to further sow discord in the United States.

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In these 2018 file photos, Paul Manafort leaves federal court in Washington, left and attorney Michael Cohen leaves federal court in NY.

That Cohen has said Trump coordinated the payments to Daniels for the objective of influencing the election, however, does put Trump in the crosshairs for federal election financing crimes.

Mr. Trump's lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, previously confirmed that Cohen was repaid by Mr. Trump.

Trump said on Twitter on Wednesday that the campaign finance violations to which Cohen pleaded guilty were "not a crime", even though prosecutors and Cohen agreed that they were.

Meanwhile, leaked documents showed that Cohen was paid millions a year ago by companies such as AT&T and Novartis to provide advice about the new administration.

Rallying supporters in West Virginia later that night, he made an oblique comment on Manafort and the Russian Federation probe, asking "Where is the collusion?" "Unlike Michael Cohen, he refused to 'break"'.

It is unusual for investigators to seize the papers of an attorney, but in court filings federal prosecutors maintained that Cohen was doing very little legal work and that they were investigating his business dealings to search for evidence of potential crimes.

Instead, the warrant was sought by the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of NY, not Special Counsel Mueller.

When asked specifically if Trump "lied" about the matter, Sanders said, "That's a ridiculous accusation".

This article was written by Devlin Barrett and Carol Leonnig, reporters for The Washington Post.

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