Cohen's Lawyer: He's Willing To Tell Mueller About A 'Conspiracy To Collude'

President Trump speaks before a political rally in West Virginia on Tuesday. He lamented the fate of his former campaign chairman Paul Manafort. He called Manafort's guilty verdict

In the president's view, Manafort is "brave", and Cohen is a bad lawyer who, Trump incorrectly asserted, pleaded guilty to "violations" that "are not a crime".

Cohen faces a prison sentence of 46 to 63 months, according to court filings. 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.

Cohen is scheduled for sentencing on December 12 and his bail was set at $500,000.

She asks Trump if he knew about Michael Cohen "payments", though Cohen in court Tuesday admitted he made just one payment, to Stormy Daniels, while arranging for Karen McDougal silence through a media company.

Trump's attorneys said Cohen is lying in order to get better treatment from prosecutors over his own illegal conduct. Trump's self-described fixer Michael Cohen tweeted that December. "If Democrats take the House, they will impeach the president and this (Cohen allegation) will be article one". The heavily scrutinized encounter, Davis said, "requires an overt act to be criminal".

He also did not name Trump, but said it was "in coordination and at the direction of a candidate for federal office", and the other was made "under direction of the same candidate".

One could argue that it was his worst day, since at least the day that preceded it - in other words, that each concurring day that Trump is in office is a progressively worse version of his presidency because of the cumulative gaffes, lies, and disgusting policy decisions he's put forth up to this point. They also have repeatedly questioned Cohen's credibility.

Cohen's guilty plea effectively makes Trump an unindicted co-conspirator.

He said he was unsure whether Cohen's information "would be the smoking gun" leading to impeachment, but said he didn't think a crime at "this level of seriousness" had been committed by a president before. "It is clear that, as the prosecutor noted, Mr. Cohen's actions reflect a pattern of lies and dishonesty over a significant period of time", he said.

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That's according to a person with direct knowledge of what Manigault Newman has described as a multimedia "treasure trove". Since releasing the tape of her firing, Manigault Newman has teased the possibility of making more recordings public.

The consistent targeting of Cohen's credibility might be driven by concern over what he knows.

Trump said Tuesday the legal developments had nothing to do with Russian election interference and that he felt "badly for both" men. "He plead to a crime", said Larry Noble, the former general counsel of the Federal Election Commission who is now senior director at the Campaign Legal Center.

Reports have also indicated that Michael Cohen is willing to meet with investigators from Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation.

That raised the question of whether Cohen would cooperate, and, crucially, what his cooperation would be worth.

Cohen's attorney is Lanny Davis, former White House special counsel to President Bill Clinton.

Attorney Lanny Davis said Wednesday that his client Michael Cohen would not accept a pardon from President Donald Trump after Cohen implicated his former boss in a campaign finance violation this week.

In Virginia, Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort was found guilty of tax and bank fraud, much relating to millions of dollars he earned as a political consultant for Ukraine's former president. He added, "Such respect for a fearless man!" And just because Manafort and Cohen went down on white-collar crime charges doesn't mean that Trump is safe - or that Mueller's investigation won't eventually lead back to Russian Federation.

His praise immediately prompted speculation that Trump would offer Manafort a pardon.

"He does not want anything from Donald Trump", Davis told MSNBC.

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