Trump denies directing lawyer to break law

Michael Cohen walks out of a court building in New York the United States Dec 12 2018

Michael Cohen walks out of a court building in New York the United States Dec 12 2018

Equally ominous for the White House is that Mr. Cohen - who spent 12 years at the centre of Mr. Trump's business empire and political aspirations - has met several times with Mr. Mueller's investigators.

Mr. Cohen admitted breaking campaign-finance laws by arranging payments of $150,000 to former Playboy model Karen McDougal and $130,000 to adult-film actress Stephanie Clifford (also known as Stormy Daniels) to stop them from publicizing their alleged relationships with Mr. Trump before the election.

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Cohen also pleaded guilty to making false statements to Congress - a charge stemming from Special Counsel Robert Mueller's probe into whether Trump's 2016 presidential campaign colluded with Russian Federation to get him elected. The two terms will run simultaneously.

Trump had repeatedly called for a tough sentence for Cohen, whom he labeled a liar.

'Whether they are important enough to justify an impeachment is a different question, ' he told CNN's 'State of the Union. Now the 52-year-old is facing three years in prison.

The sentencing hearing for Michael Cohen was emotional at times, CNN's Kara Scannell reported.

As Cohen spoke, his father, who was sitting in a wheelchair, rested his head in his hands. "But he plead to two campaign charges which were not criminal and of which he probably was not guilty even on a civil basis".

Trump suggested Cohen falsely implicated him in hopes of winning a lighter sentence for other federal crimes.

Cohen pleaded guilty in August to evading $1.4 million in taxes related to his personal businesses. In the agreement, AMI said it would cooperate with prosecutors and admitted it paid $US150,000 ($207,000) to McDougal before the 2016 election to silence her allegations of an affair with Trump.

In court Cohen blasted his former boss.

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Authorities suspect that the police visit to Chekatt's home might have triggered the attack, according to Cigainero. His religious practice and proselytising in jail were described by Heitz as "showing signs of radicalisation".

"Time and time again I felt it was my duty to cover up his dirty deeds rather than to listen to my own inner voice and my moral compass", he said.

Trump has routinely blasted the Mueller investigation as a "witch hunt".

Former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn, when confronted by the special counsel's office, was quick to co-operate.

"He came forward to offer evidence against the most powerful person in the country", one of Cohen's lawyers, Guy Petrillo, told the court on Wednesday, arguing for leniency.

"He was a lawyer and he is supposed to know the law", Mr. Trump said in a tweet.

"While Mr. Cohen pledges to help in further investigations that is not something the court can consider now", Pauley said.

Lawyer Lanny Davis, who has advised Cohen, praised Cohen for cooperating and said he would continue to do so. "Mr Trump's repeated lies can not contradict stubborn facts".

In April, FBI agents raided Cohen's office, apartment and hotel room on a referral from Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russian Federation in swaying the 2016 presidential election. Despite that many campaign finance lawyers have strongly. "As a lawyer, Michael has great liability to me!" He lied for months about his conduct.

Trump really trying to Costanza his way out of the Cohen situation.

Trump this week sought to minimize the importance of the payments to the two women saying they were a "simple private transaction" and were "wrongly" being called campaign contributions.

"Mr. Trump discussed the payment, said the word "cash" and knew it was about keeping Ms. McDougal quiet", said Davis.

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