Select Page

US Intelligence News Trump directed hush money, says his ex-lawyer Michael Cohen

 

US President Donald Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen has pleaded guilty in a Manhattan court to violating campaign finance laws.

He said he did so at the direction of “the candidate”, for the “principal purpose of influencing [the] election”.

Mr Cohen’s admission was related to hush money paid to Mr Trump’s alleged mistresses.

The 51-year-old admitted eight counts, including tax and bank fraud in a plea deal with prosecutors.

Mr Trump ignored questions about Mr Cohen as he arrived on Tuesday evening for a pre-scheduled rally in West Virginia.

The White House also declined to comment.

The plea came as a jury in Alexandria, Virginia, convicted former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort of bank and tax fraud charges.

What happened in court?

Mr Cohen said he had been directed by “a candidate for federal office” – presumed to be Mr Trump himself – to break federal election laws.

The indictment against Mr Cohen carries up to 65 years in prison.

But his plea deal includes a much more lenient custodial sentence of up to five years and three months, said Judge William Pauley. Read more 

Read also: Civil Affairs Soldiers enhance Tanzanian operations to counter poaching, illicit trafficking

Trump directed hush money, says his ex-lawyer Michael Cohen

Trump directed hush money, says his ex-lawyer Michael Cohen

Trump directed hush money, says his ex-lawyer Michael Cohen

Trump directed hush money, says his ex-lawyer Michael Cohen

Trump directed hush money, says his ex-lawyer Michael Cohen

Trump directed hush money, says his ex-lawyer Michael Cohen

Trump directed hush money, says his ex-lawyer Michael Cohen

Trump directed hush money, says his ex-lawyer Michael Cohen

Trump directed hush money, says his ex-lawyer Michael Cohen

Trump directed hush money, says his ex-lawyer Michael Cohen