Donald Trump - what happens next?

World       by Mahmood Idrees | Published

Harvard law professor emeritus Alan Dershowitz told Fox News Wednesday that claims by Senate Democrats and liberal pundits that President Trump's former lawyer Michael Cohen's guilty plea makes the president an "unindicted co-conspirator" are "just wrong as a matter of basic criminal law".

U.S. President Donald Trump's former lawyer Michael Cohen testified on Tuesday that "at the direction of" the president, he arranged six-figure hush payments ahead of the 2016 presidential election to adult-film actress Stormy Daniels and former Playboy model Karen McDougal.

Cohen had said Tuesday he secretly used shell companies to make payments used to silence former Playboy model Karen McDougal and adult-film actress Stormy Daniels for the objective of influencing the 2016 election.

Justice Department guidelines state that a sitting president can not be indicted for a crime and special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russian Federation probe MORE has reportedly told Trump's lawyers he will abide by that policy.

Michael Cohen's decision to turn on one-time patron Donald Trump was partly motivated by a conversation with his father Maurice, a Holocaust survivor.

In the interview, Trump argued, incorrectly, that the hush-money payouts weren't "even a campaign violation" because he subsequently reimbursed Cohen for the payments personally instead of with campaign funds.

Mr Sessions, a long-time United States senator and Trump supporter, drew Mr Trump's ire when he recused himself in March a year ago from matters dealing with the 2016 presidential campaign.

"Such respect for a courageous man!"

Trump allies have also pointed to the unsuccessful prosecution of 2008 presidential candidate John Edwards, who was accused in a similar hush-money scheme.

"I don't think you could have all of your closest people underneath you get convicted, plead guilty to charges and you not know (what they did) or at least be the one authorizing that", Appel said.

"I don't care if they would have given them both light treatments but to give one, particularly the newly elected president from day one, this kind of scrutiny of all his campaign aides, of all his associates and basically looking for crimes so that they could flip them", he added.

If the opposition Democrats are able to gain control of the House of Representatives in the November mid-term election, though, they would be in a position to initiate such proceedings against Trump. Cohen said Tuesday that the payments were meant to sway the election, making them a campaign violation.

"If he were asked, 'Were you aware of Mr. Trump's level of awareness before the hacking illegally done by a foreign government?"

"I don't know how you can impeach somebody who's done a great job", he added.

Trump also sought to distance himself from Manafort, who was instrumental in the 72-year-old securing the US Republican nomination.

The president has made a flurry of attacks in order to demolish his former lawyer's credibility and undermine Cohen's claims. Sadly, the best way to stop this travesty is to elect more Republicans to Congress, but majority are weak and useless and refuse to show support for the President. And they vote. They might not vote in their own interest-as Trump's continued popularity among the very populations getting fucked by his trade war shows us-but they vote.

Former George W. Bush press secretary Ari Fleischer stressed that the revelations may be sordid but do not meet the constitutional bar of "high crimes and misdemeanors".

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