Michael Cohen has information 'of interest' to Mueller: lawyer

Michael Cohen has information 'of interest' to Mueller: lawyer

Michael Cohen has information 'of interest' to Mueller: lawyer

In pleading guilty Tuesday to tax evasion and campaign finance charges, Cohen stated that he made hush payments in 2016 to women who claimed to have had affairs with the Republican presidential nominee, and did so at the "direction of the candidate", plainly meaning Trump.

So far, the GoFundMe Davis set up for Cohen has raised $43,000 of its $500,000 goal.

"I know that Mr. Cohen would never accept a pardon from a man that he considers to be both corrupt and a risky person in the oval office", Davis told NPR's Morning Edition. Cohen also said in court Tuesday that then-candidate Trump directed him to make the illegal payments.

Conjecture about a presidential pardon picked up steam in the hours following Cohen's guilty plea Tuesday, in which he implicated President Trump in unlawful campaign contributions. The judge in that case had stayed the proceeding until Cohen's criminal matter could be resolved.

For more than a decade, Cohen was Trump's personal lawyer and fixer, privy to multi-million-dollar deals and two purported secret lovers, whose claims could have potentially sabotaged his boss's 2016 election.

While Cohen didn't name Trump in court, referring instead to a "candidate" who directed him to make the illegal payments, Davis was more direct, saying in a statement later Tuesday that 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". Trump denies the affairs. Cohen had long professed his loyalty to the president, even once famously declaring that he would take a bullet for him.

Democratic Senate leader Chuck Schumer, speaking on the Senate floor on Wednesday, labelled Mr Trump a "co-conspirator" and demanded that the confirmation hearing for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, which is scheduled for early September, be delayed in the wake of Cohen's plea.

Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani, said the Cohen plea deal wasn't related to Trump.

"I feel very badly for Paul Manafort and his wonderful family", Trump tweeted.

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The White House insisted Trump was not concerned "at all" that Cohen might implicate the U.S. president by cooperating with Mueller. He did not answer questions about Michael Cohen.

It's not just the president who got pulled into Cohen's convictions.

It was not clear if Robert Mueller's team would be meeting with Michael Cohen.

The consistent targeting of Cohen's credibility might be driven by concern over what he knows.

Sitting Presidents are not indicted, but Mr. Trump could be charged once he leaves office, according to several legal scholars.

That raised the question of whether Cohen would cooperate, and, crucially, what his cooperation would be worth. Trump told Reuters on Monday that he'd chose to stay out of the investigation but "could run it if I want".

"Such respect for a courageous man!" Amid speculation of a possible pardon for Manafort, Trump praised him for not striking a deal with prosecutors - and accused Cohen of making up stories to get one.

Representatives for the White House did not immediately response to a request for comment on whether Trump would consider pardoning Cohen, but Trump himself dismissed his former longtime attorney in a post on Twitter on Wednesday.

But, in an interview with Fox News' Ainsley Earhardt, Trump gave a different account, a day after Cohen pleaded guilty.

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