But it was his attorney Rudy Giuliani's threat of a "people's revolt" if Trump is impeached, coming a day after Trump warned of an economic meltdown, a sign indicating the scorched earth policy the President and his aides are preparing for, if things go further south.
Although Cohen did not name them, the women were believed to be porn star Stormy Daniels and Playboy model Karen McDougal.
On Wednesday, the tax department confirmed it subpoenaed Cohen, just hours after he pleaded guilty in Manhattan federal court for breaking campaign finance laws and for his own illegal business dealings. In sworn testimony, he said they were made at the direction of Trump.
■David Pecker is the chairman of tabloid news publisher American Media Inc., which was involved in the payments.
A president can be removed from office by Congress for "treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors".
"It's called flipping and it nearly ought to be illegal", Trump said.
Trump denied to reporters in April that he knew anything about Cohen's payments to Daniels, though the explanations from the president and Giuliani have shifted multiples times since. "Because I felt loyalty, he was an original supporter", Trump said, criticizing Sessions because he, according to the president, "never took control of the Justice Department".
That prompted Sessions to fire back that he would not be swayed, in a remarkable public broadside.
Giuliani, who did not immediately respond to HuffPost's request for comment, told the Post that there was a concern that Mueller "would turn any pardon into an obstruction charge" against the president.
"If somebody's going to spend five years...or 10 years or 15 years in jail because of a taxi cab industry, because he defrauded some bank - campaign violations are considered not a bit deal, frankly, but if you can say something bad about Donald Trump, and you'll go down to two years or three years, which is the deal he made".
Through his lawyer, Donald Trump's former "fixer" says collecting contributions through a GoFundMe page set up after his guilty plea this week is the only way to ensure the truth comes out about the president.
Freidman, who told a real estate publication previous year the two men were so close that Cohen helped him name his eldest son, pleaded guilty in May to a single count of tax fraud.
"It nearly ought to be outlawed". Mueller "has investigated and charged four figures from the Trump campaign - Manafort, Gates, Flynn, and Papadopoulos - and not charged any with crimes involving collusion appears to be significant", argues Byron York, "If there were in fact a Trump-Russia collusion scheme, they would likely have been involved". Were Manafort to be prosecuted at the state level, a presidential pardon would not be an option; Trump, as president, has the power to pardon federal convictions but not convictions at the state level.
But Giuliani floated the idea that Manafort - who faces more charges more directly related to the Russian Federation probe - should hold out for a pardon.