Trump knocks former lawyer in tweet after Cohen’s guilty plea

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Davis made a flurry of morning TV appearances as the fallout from Tuesday's bombshell court cases involving two of the President's former aides continued to reverberate.

Michael Cohen, his ex-lawyer and "fixer", said his former boss had directed him to pay hush money to influence the 2016 election. Although Manafort left Trump's campaign a couple of months before Election Day, it's still an embarrassment to be associated with him, as Trump invariably is.

Cohen was once one of Trump's most loyal defenders and even said at one point that he would "take a bullet" for Trump.

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Trump lashed out at former longtime lawyer Michael Cohen in a Twitter post by saying the campaign finance violations Cohen pleaded guilty to in federal court in NY on Tuesday were "not a crime" - even though prosecutors and Cohen agreed that they were.

Questioned by the federal judge, Cohen said he had paid sums of $130,000 and $150,000 each to two women who claimed they had affairs with Trump, acting at his boss's request, in a bid to buy their silence "with the goal of influencing the election".

Trump went on to compare Cohen unfavorably with his former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, who was convicted on eight federal counts of tax and bank fraud the same afternoon Cohen pleaded guilty.

In his tweets, Trump seized on the counts on which Manafort escaped conviction. Even though it was not a complete victory for the government, Manafort's facing up to 80 years in prison and it's unclear if they'll seek a new trial on the remaining counts.

The now-proven crimes of Trump's former close collaborators call into question his judgment and the nature of those who form his administration.

But in a sensational twist, Cohen also pointed to the president - or "individual 1" - as a co-conspirator, alleging that he acted "in coordination and at the direction of a candidate for federal office" in making those payments.

Cohen had said Tuesday he secretly used shell companies to make payments used to silence former Playboy model Karen McDougal and adult-film actress Stormy Daniels for the goal of influencing the 2016 election.

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This past Sunday, Manigault Newman released a tape of White House chief of staff John Kelly firing her in the Situation Room . Maher's comment was in response to Trump saying, "I knew her well - she worked for me on numerous occasions".

The investigation into Cohen focused on a $130,000 payment the lawyer facilitated to Stormy Daniels to keep her quiet about her allegation of a 2006 affair with Trump.

These were "crimes by the president of the United States and it affected the election", Wine-Banks reiterated. 'It had nothing to do with Russian collusion'.

Davis also discussed that issue with The Washington Post.

The back-to-back blows resulted from the work of special counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating Russia's attempts to sway voters in the 2016 election, including hacking Democrats' emails, whether the Trump campaign may have cooperated, and if the president himself obstructed justice in investigating both.

What do Donald Trump and his allies say? The new legal troubles will drive Trump to work harder to maintain control of the House and Senate in November, one Trump ally says, noting the impeachment implications of losing control of Congress. He did not answer questions about Michael Cohen.

Fox News commentator Sara A. Carter took a similar line. Trump said on Twitter.

"The odds of an investigation have definitely gone up", Garber said.

Rallying supporters in West Virginia later that night, he made an oblique comment on Manafort and the Russian Federation probe, asking "Where is the collusion?"

His supporters chanted Trump's campaign staples "Drain the swamp!" and "Lock her up!"

Leading Republicans were initially tight-lipped.

"If this was a personal matter, why wasn't she paid off after the affair or in the intervening decade?" said Mr Paul S. Ryan, the head of litigation at Common Cause.

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