Michael Cohen, President Trump’s longtime personal attorney, said Tuesday he violated campaign finance laws at “direction of the candidate,” an indirect reference to the president.
Cohen pleaded guilty to bank fraud, tax fraud, and campaign finance law violations in the Southern District of New York. While reviewing the charges, Cohen told the judge that he made a $130,000 payment at the direction of the candidate for federal office to keep someone quiet, and was later repaid by that same candidate.
Cohen additionally told the judge he made a contribution of $150,000 at the direction of the candidate, which aligns with his payment to secure the rights to former Playboy model Karen McDougal’s account of an alleged affair with Trump.
Trumps’s current lawyers and advisers were first to respond and said he has nothing to fear from Cohen.
Today President Trump took a shot at his former lawyer.
“If anyone is looking for a good lawyer, I would strongly suggest that you don’t retain the services of Michael Cohen!” Trump wrote.
If anyone is looking for a good lawyer, I would strongly suggest that you don’t retain the services of Michael Cohen!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 22, 2018
This attack comes 24 hours after Cohen, who’d worked as Trump’s personal attorney for years, pleaded guilty to eight counts of tax evasion, bank fraud, and campaign finance violations.
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