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Cohen 'Knows Lot More' to Tell Mueller, Won't Accept Pardon, Says Davis

Cohen 'Knows Lot More' to Tell Mueller, Won't Accept Pardon, Says Davis

Mr Trump has granted presidential pardons to conservative commentator Dinesh D'Souza and former Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio but Mr Davis said his client would not accept a presidential pardon.

Cohen pleaded guilty to tax fraud charges as well as campaign finance violations, alleging he acted at the direction of then-candidate Trump.

The charges stem from a federal investigation into his business dealings - including a $130,000 pre-election hush payment to porn star Stormy Daniels, who says she had an affair with Trump.

Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's former personal attorney and fixer, exits federal court, 21 August 2018 in New York City.

At nearly the same time, Trump's former campaign chief Paul Manafort was found guilty of tax and bank fraud by a jury in Virginia.

The 51-year-old Cohen said in federal court in NY on Tuesday that he made the payments in co-ordination with Trump, who wasn't named, to influence the election.

Cohen told the court that an unnamed candidate, presumably Trump, directed him to violate campaign laws to influence the election by hiding information.

"Later on I knew, later on, but you have to understand Ainsley, what he did - and they weren't taken out of campaign finance".

The people described Trump as somber but calm and added that he said nothing critical about Manafort or Cohen.

Michael Cohen was also effectively accusing the president of the United States of joining him in criminal activity ahead of the 2016 election.

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Cohenpleaded guilty to eight felony charges, including campaign finance violations and tax evasion.

The New York Times reported on Sunday that federal prosecutors were focused on more than $20 million in loans obtained by Cohen from taxi businesses owned by him and his family.

Mr Trump said the Manafort case had nothing to do with the alleged 2016 collusion that Mr Mueller is probing and dismissed Michael Cohen's admissions.

Under a plea bargain reached with federal prosecutors, Cohen (51) could get about four to five years in prison at his sentencing on December 12.

Sitting Presidents are not indicted, but Mr. Trump could be charged once he leaves office, according to several legal scholars.

The investigation into Cohen is separate from Mueller's investigation into Russian election meddling and any ties to Trump associates, but Mueller did refer potential evidence to the USA attorney's office in Manhattan.

Trump is scheduled to leave the White House later Tuesday and make remarks at a rally in West Virginia.

Some Democratic senators have said that if Trump were to pardon Manafort, Cohen or any other former associate the special counsel brings down, that would represent weakness, not power. "Paul Manafort is a good man".

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".


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