Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's former personal attorney, is in talks to plead guilty to criminal charges in a deal that would bring an end to a months-long investigation that has riled the President, according to sources familiar with the matter.
His plea came as former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort was found guilty on eight charges in his financial fraud trial stemming from the federal investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 USA election and possible coordination with the Trump campaign. In the plea, he said he arranged payment during the 2016 presidential election of so-called "hush money" to two women who said they had affairs with Trump.
Davis also says Cohen wouldn't want to be pardoned by Trump.
Cohen told the judge in court that a $130,000 payment - what porn star Stormy Daniels said Cohen paid her - was made "in coordination with and at the direction of a candidate for federal office", and was later repaid by the candidate.
Trump was more complimentary of Cohen before his long-time attorney began talking to prosecutors.
Said Davis: "The only way to put it - it may sound a little bit syrupy - was patriotism and love of country, caused him to to recognize the danger of this particular president, his lack of suitability to be president of the United States".
Cohen didn't mention Trump's name but it's widely thought his claim was a clear reference to the president.
Cohen yesterday pleaded guilty to campaign finance violations, alleging the President himself had directed him to pay hush money to two women with whom he'd had affairs. "And we'll see what Mr. Mueller comes up with, but I do believe that Michael Cohen will tell the truth to Rudy Giuliani and will tell the truth about Donald Trump".
President Trump held a rally Tuesday night but waited until Wednesday to respond to the legal troubles of two close associates.
The FBI raided Cohen's hotel room, home and office in April and seized more than four million items.
Trump hasn't said much yet, but he did underscore to reporters Tuesday that "this has nothing to do with Russian collusion" and that the special counsel "witch hunt" is a "disgrace".
Mr Trump ignored questions about Cohen after he arrived on Air Force One for a campaign visit to West Virginia.
We're told Cohen will lose his right to practice law as soon as the NY Attorney Grievance Committee files a motion to have him disbarred.it's just waiting on the official paperwork needed to get the ball rolling. Prosecutors said they intend to decide next week whether they will seek a retrial on those charges. Others include his first national security adviser, Michael Flynn, and Manafort's deputy, Rick Gates, who testified against his boss during the Virginia trial.