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Trump Defends Manafort, Says Flipping ‘Almost Ought to Be Outlawed’

Trump Defends Manafort, Says Flipping ‘Almost Ought to Be Outlawed’

Schumer slapped a searing label on the Republican party Thursday, saying that if his colleagues across the aisle remain silent on the "culture of corruption" surrounding President Donald Trump, the GOP as a whole would be a "co-conspirator" with the president.

"I will tell you what, if I ever got impeached, I think the market would crash". In addition, Daniels and McDougal who say they were Trump's onetime paramours are suing to invalidate agreements created to silence them.

The president's personal lawyer-cum-spokesman Rudy Giuliani echoed that stark warning, hinting at political unrest. "I think everybody would be very poor", adding that Americans would see economic "numbers that you wouldn't believe in reverse".

The comments came after two of Trump's former top aides - onetime campaign chairman Paul Manafort and longtime lawyer Michael Cohen - were found guilty of various financial crimes in a one-two punch for the president. It was related to payments to two women who claimed that the President had affairs with them.

The President also claimed that the payments did not constitute a crime and that "President Obama had a big campaign finance violation and it was easily settled!"

Amid President Trump's escalating frustration with Sessions, Graham told reporters Thursday it's time for a "fresh voice" to lead the Justice Department, Bloomberg reports.

State cases could add a significant twist: President Trump would be unable to pardon people convicted exclusively of state crimes.

As the legal net closed in on Trump, he renewed attacks on his own Attorney General Jeff Sessions, in an apparent attempt to have him squash awkward investigations that could endanger the president.

A similar example of detachment from reality is the president's and his allies' refusal to acknowledge he lied about knowing of the illegal 2016 hush-money payments.

He declared that while he's attorney general "the actions" of the DOJ "will not be improperly influenced by political considerations".

That prompted Sessions to fire back that he would not be swayed, in a remarkable public broadside.

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In addition to his Trump and taxi work, the court papers say, Cohen made US$100,000 (NZ$149,400) in 2014 for brokering the sale of a piece of property in a Florida aviation community and US$30,000 (NZ$44,800) in 2015 for brokering the sale of a Birkin bag, a highly coveted French handbag.

On April 5, President Trump leaned into the press cabin on Air Force One and started answering questions.

- Hush payments "not a crime"?

But Davis insisted that "when the time comes" for Cohen to tell his new story to Mueller - and the special counsel is able to "digest" it and piece it together with other evidence - "it could be an impeachable offense" on the part of the president.

"In fact my first question when I heard about it was did they come out of the campaign, because that could be a little dicey", Trump said in the interview, a day after his personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, implicated him and said the maneuver was created to sway the election.

Cohen ended up pleading guilty on Tuesday to eight federal charges, including campaign finance violations.

In a deal reached with federal prosecutors, Cohen, 51, pleaded guilty to eight counts, including tax evasion.

On "Fox & Friends" on Friday, Penn said there is a clear double standard in how Trump and his associates have been investigated compared to Clinton over her private email server and handling of classified information.

"I feel very badly for Paul Manafort and his wonderful family".

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.

"The real concern is whether Mueller would turn any pardon into an obstruction charge", Giuliani said.