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President Trump former personal attorney pleads guilty in hush-money scheme and campaign finance violations.
After long and often saying that he would a (metaphorical, ed.) bullet for his former client and now United States President Donald Trump, Michael Cohen pleaded guilty on Tuesday to campaign-finance violations and a hush-money scheme.
The peal deal was formally set in a Manhattan federal court room all but contemporaneously with a Virginia jury finding President Donald Trump’s onetime campaign manager Paul Manafort guilty on eight of eighteen felony counts.
In his plea deal, Cohen said he arranged the payoffs in 2016 to porn actress Stormy Daniels and ex-Playboy model Karen McDougal “in coordination and at the direction of a candidate for federal office,” so potentially putting Trump in legal jeopardy.
In all, Cohen pleaded guilty to five counts of tax evasion, one count of making a false statement to a bank and two campaign finance violations.
In turn, prosecutors recommended that he be sentenced to four to five years in prison as part of the plea deal.
Both Cohen’s lawyers and the U.S. Attorney’s office declined to comment on Tuesday.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders also declined to comment.
The guilty verdicts marked a clear victory for special counsel Robert S. Mueller III, who brought the charges, as part of his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and potential obstruction of justice or other possible crimes by the president or his aides.
Mueller’s team also provided evidence to the U.S. Attorney’s office in New York that prosecuted Cohen, although it was not immediately clear whether Cohen agreed to assist Mueller directly as a part of his plea deal.