Trump's Former Attorney Pleading Guilty To Tax Fraud And Other Charges

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"The foundation is little more than an empty shell that functions with no oversight from its board of directors", the lawsuit alleged.

Yesterday, President Trump's former lawyer, Michael Cohen, confessed in open court to committing a crime at Trump's direction.

VLADECK: Yeah. I mean, I think the reality is you could be facing pretty significant exposure, as long as you accept that a sitting president can be indicted.

In April of this year, Federal Bureau of Investigation agents executed a search warrant on Cohen's home, office, and hotel room seizing millions of documents on paper and digital media.

Manafort resigned as Trump's campaign chairman in August 2016 after The New York Times reported a Ukrainian government corruption probe found Manafort received almost $13 million off the books from a pro-Russian Ukrainian political party. Legal filings from the case revealed that executives at the Trump Organisation OK'd $US420,000 in reimbursements to Cohen to pay of these women, then tried to hide the true nature of those payments by describing them as legal fees and retainers. In the summer of 2016, American Media Inc. paid McDougal $150,000 for a contract that effectively silenced her claims of an affair with Trump.

Assistant US Attorney Andrea Griswold said prosecutors would have been prepared to present evidence during a trial that these were so-called hush payments.

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Cohen has had a front-row seat to Mr. Trump's business dealings for years.

According to the indictment, Cohen was reimbursed via the Trump Organization in $35,000-per-month increments over 2017.

Yet through all of the noise on cable news and in the legacy press, the public has not been presented with a single piece of evidence - other than the Steele dossier, a political opposition research and propaganda document sourced to Russian Federation that was funded by Hillary Clinton and the DNC - that any members of the Trump campaign or transition team colluded with the Kremlin.

"If this was a personal matter, why wasn't she paid off after the affair or in the intervening decade?" said Paul S Ryan, the head of litigation at Common Cause.

If a president is impeached and removed, the vice president takes over until the next scheduled presidential election.

The president can not pardon people for state crimes. But Cohen said Tuesday that Trump repaid him the money for the objective of influencing the campaign. Sources close to the White House have acknowledged to NPR that advisers are "very worried" - or at least ought to be - about the mounting legal troubles swirling around Trump and his former associates.

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Laurie Levenson, a former federal prosecutor and professor at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, noted that the deal does not require Cohen to cooperate, but does not preclude it from happening, which should be worrying to the president and his allies.

"It's a witch hunt, it's a disgrace", he added. Definitely what your representative says when you're innocent.

The probe is being led by the office of U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman in Manhattan.

The plea bargain could increase legal risks for the president, as it raises the possibility that Cohen will provide information to U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller in his investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election and possible coordination with the Trump campaign.

Cohen also lied to a financial institution by failing to disclose more than $14 million in debt and obtaining a $500,000 home equity line of credit he wasn't entitled to, Khuzami said.

"Trump ran the foundation according to whim, rather than law", the suit said.

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