Cohen 'Knows Lot More' to Tell Mueller, Won't Accept Pardon, Says Davis

Cohen 'Knows Lot More' to Tell Mueller, Won't Accept Pardon, Says Davis

Paul Manafort, President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman, was found guilty Tuesday on eight of 18 counts in his federal trial over fraud charges, The New York Times reports. Harf asked. "He's been intimately involved with the Trump Organization and Donald Trump for a very, very long time and I think that's why you saw last night Donald Trump being careful not going after him at that rally because I think the president might be a little nervous what Cohen knows". She had been trying to sell her story to tabloids on the eve of the presidential election in 2016, when Trump's then-attorney Cohen agreed to buy her silence for $130,000.

Cohen also lied to a financial institution by failing to disclose more than $14 million in debt and obtaining a $500,000 home equity line of credit he wasn't entitled to, Khuzami said.

Cohen has sent repeated signals that he is likely to cooperate in exchange for leniency from prosecutors.

"Today he stood up and testified under oath that Donald Trump directed him to commit a crime by making payments to two women for the principal objective of influencing an election", Davis added.

Cohen, who also admitted bank fraud and tax fraud, has been warned to expect between 46 and 63 months imprisonment when he is sentenced December.

Now let's talk about an admission that came during Michael Cohen's appearance in federal court today.

Manafort resigned as Trump's campaign chairman in August 2016 after The New York Times reported a Ukrainian government corruption probe found Manafort received almost $13 million off the books from a pro-Russian Ukrainian political party.

US President Donald Trump, in tweets about the stunning legal setbacks involving two of his former lieutenants, has attacked the one who has turned on him and defended the one who has remained loyal.

Cohen was to appear in federal court in Manhattan at 4 p.m. EDT (2000 GMT) on Tuesday, a court official told Reuters.

Mueller's investigation, which began in May 2017, has resulted in the indictment of more than 30 people and five guilty pleas.

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The trial, presided over by the colorful and impatient U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III, captured Trump's attention as he sought to undermine Mueller's investigation through a constant Twitter barrage and increasingly antagonistic statements from his lawyer-spokesman, Rudy Giuliani.

Cohen, 51, surrendered to the FBI, CNN said.

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

Cohen worked for Trump for more than a decade, starting in 2007. But the payments were made under the auspices that they were a retainer for legal work that year.

The searches - in which agents collected all of Cohen's phones and electronic devices - set off panic in the White House that federal investigators were looking into Trump's business dealings and communications with Cohen.

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

After Cohen sent the first of the monthly invoices, federal prosecutors said "executive-1 forwarded that email to another employee at the Company, stating: 'Please pay from the Trust".

Davis was not specific about what other information Cohen might be able to offer, though he said he believed Cohen "could address topics of interest to Mr. Mueller relating to whether Mr. Trump had advanced knowledge of the hacking of emails for political purposes".

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

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