Cohen's lawyer walks back claim Trump knew of Russia meeting

President Trump's ouster from the White House is no longer a question of if but when writes Fein

The lawyer's guilty plea came within minutes of President Trump's former campaign manager Paul Manafort being found guilty by a jury on eight counts, leading some to term it as "Donald Trump's nightmare news day", the "worst hour of Donald Trump's presidency", and a "catastrophic day for Trump".

Duncan said that she and 10 other jurors wanted to convict Manafort on all 18 counts of tax and bank fraud and failing to declare his foreign bank accounts that he faced in the trial.

However, at no point during his presidency has Trump's approval rating exceeded 50 percent - at least, not by any trusted poll.

President Trump's personal attorney Rudy Giuliani presses special counsel Robert Mueller to release his report ahead of the midterms. "He's my boss. I went".

President Donald Trump, known for his 3:00 a.m., multi-part Twitter rants, was largely silent on Sunday amid increased scrutiny of him and his organization.

Cohen pleaded guilty on Tuesday to handling hush money for Mr Trump in violation of campaign finance laws.

Prosecutors there granted immunity last week to Allen Weisselberg, chief financial officer for the Trump Organization, and David Pecker, a longtime Trump ally and executive of the National Enquirer magazine's parent company.

"I think [Trump] has constitutional defenses to the investigation being conducted by Mueller", into Russian interference in the 2016 election, said Dershowitz, who is author of the book, "The Case Against Impeaching Trump".




When pressed on why the payments were made just before Trump's election, Duffy said, "Because I think these folks were going to leverage that and expose it right before the election".

As to Dershowitz's reference to the president's constitutional protections in the Mueller probe, the special counsel wants to speak to Trump about obstruction of justice, sources have told ABC News. His plea deal described how Cohen had submitted false invoices to the Trump organization as a way of being reimbursed for hush payments Cohen made to women who had alleged affairs with Trump.

Trump accused Cohen of lying and more broadly has dismissed the investigations of his campaign as a "witch-hunt".

Dershowitz, an informal Trump adviser, said in an appearance on ABC News' "This Week" that the expanding probe by prosecutors with the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of NY could spell the greatest peril for Trump because of the lack of constitutional protections for the president at that level. They will look hard and they will search and they are going to stretch. "And they're looking very, very hard", Dershowitz said.

He was there in the lobby of Trump Tower in June 2015 when his boss descended an escalator and changed history by declaring his candidacy for president.

"It's the Al Capone approach".

Trump and Cohen had long stopped speaking, but word would get back to the lawyer that the president was belittling him.

"It is targeting people".

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