Mr. Cohen told a judge in United States District Court in Manhattan that the payment was “for the principal purpose of influencing the election” for president in 2016. [New York Times]
THE CAMPAIGN finance violation that Michael Cohen admitted to will ricochet around the cable news shows tonight while the accidental White House occupant vents his spleen in West Virginia.
Michael Cohen in a courtroom in SDNY, under oath, declared that the President directed him to commit a federal crime.
— Preet Bharara (@PreetBharara) August 21, 2018
The perfect setting for insanity.
…and nothing Trump could say or do could change Paul Manafort‘s fate… A pardon may come later, but it’s hell today.
Another article from the Times
The verdict was a victory for the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, whose prosecutors built a case that Mr. Manafort hid millions of dollars in foreign accounts to evade taxes and lied to banks repeatedly to obtain $20 million in loans.
Mr. Manafort was convicted of five counts of tax fraud, two counts of bank fraud and one count of failure to disclose a foreign bank account. The jury was unable to reach a verdict on the remaining 10 counts, and the judge declared a mistrial on those charges. …
Mr. Manafort’s trial did not touch directly on Mr. Mueller’s inquiry into Russian interference in the 2016 election or on whether Mr. Trump has sought to obstruct the investigation. But it was the first test of the special counsel’s ability to prosecute a case in a federal courtroom amid intense criticism from the president and his allies that the inquiry is a biased and unjustified witch hunt.
A good day for America.
I bet Don McGahn is glad he did the right thing and talked to Robert Mueller.
The system held.
Not a witch hunt.
— Mark Warner (@MarkWarner) August 21, 2018
Here we go https://t.co/n27pDpCfbm
— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) August 21, 2018