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Investigators examine over US$20m in loans by former Trump lawyer Cohen

24 August 2018

Manafort decided not to put on any witnesses or testify himself. Still, there were occasional references to Manafort's work on the campaign, including emails showing him lobbying Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, on behalf of a banker who approved $16 million in loans because he wanted a job in the Trump administration.

"Today he stood up and testified under oath that Donald Trump directed him to commit a crime by making payments to two women for the principal objective of influencing an election", Davis said in a statement.

Federal Bureau of Investigation raids in April sought bank records, communications with Trump's campaign and information on payments to Daniels and McDougal.

Duncan, 54, a Trump supporter, told Reuters in a phone interview that she believed Manafort had been "targeted" and "harassed" by Special Counsel Robert Mueller's team but that politics did not influence how she considered the evidence.

"What kind of man is this?" But this has nothing to do what they started out, looking for Russians involved in our campaign.

"I did not want Paul Manafort to be guilty, but he was", Duncan said. But his tone in his statement on Thursday made clear he is exhausted of the president's attacks. "I hate to say it, but we have no choice because that's by far the better alternative", the U.S. president asserted. Then he declared, that while he's attorney general the actions of the department "will not be improperly influenced by political considerations". The Cohen investigation started with a referral from Mueller's team, but was conducted by federal prosecutors in NY.

Cohen's sentencing is scheduled for December 12.

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But two people familiar with their meeting said the dispute was not discussed.

Sessions has generally absorbed the Trump's blows without responding, though he has occasionally pushed back.

Prosecutors said Cohen held the title of "executive vice-president" and "special counsel" to the owner of the company, "Individual-1", who apparently is Trump. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C.

"I think we all went in there like we were supposed to and assumed that Mr. Manafort was innocent". "Clearly, Attorney General Jeff Sessions doesn't have the confidence of the president". He said the payment was meant to keep her from talking about an affair she said she had with the billionaire in 2006.

The scratch-outs also reveal why the jury may have asked for a new verdict form the morning they returned the verdict.

Cohen told the judge that the payments to the women were made "in coordination with and at the direction of a candidate for federal office and "for the principal goal of influencing the election" for president in 2016".

Trump has made no statement regarding Cohen's admission. Trump's lawyers have said that Mueller plans to adhere to that guidance, though Mueller's office has never confirmed that. "For 30, 40 years I've been watching flippers".

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That arrangement "almost ought to be outlawed".

The explosive revelations are just part of a very bad day for Trump.

That drew immediate rebukes from the legal community.

Even now that Manafort has lost one case, there's always the Trump card: The President retains the ultimate, sole authority to pardon him unconditionally. One said Trump asked aides how the news was playing.

But David Axelrod, a Democratic strategist and longtime adviser to former president Barack Obama, said that Tuesday "was a catastrophic day".

President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort stands before Judge T.S. Ellis as he was found guilty of eight of the 18 charges he faced in a case of bank and tax fraud at U.S. District Courthouse in Alexandria, Va., Aug. 21, 2018. When he heard one had mentioned Manafort's defense was "weak", he mulled declaring a mistrial, court documents show. "Today, he stood up and testified under oath that Donald Trump directed him to commit a crime by making payments to two women for the principal goal of influencing an election", the lawyer continued.

"It's going to be hard for the president to try to discredit all this". Two others said it is now likelier that Democrats will win the House of Representatives in November.

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Investigators examine over US$20m in loans by former Trump lawyer Cohen