As Cohen explained that he committed the campaign-finance violations "at the direction of the candidate" and with the "purpose of influencing the election", there were audible gasps in the lower Manhattan courtroom packed with reporters.
Criminal referral requests by the attorney general are generally granted, and in this case Underwood's office expects to receive such a referral. Guy Petrillo, an attorney for Cohen, did not respond to a request for comment.
Donald Trump demands absolute loyalty from his staff, even though he treats them with contempt and summarily dismisses them if they aren't obsequious enough or if they dare grab the spotlight for a moment. In the news pages, Trump's coverage was so favorable that the New Yorker magazine said the Enquirer embraced him "with sycophantic fervor". But it is unclear whether the man they worked for, the president, will face any formal scrutiny or consequences.
This contradictory excuse-making should not distract from the fact that the president has staffed his campaign and administration with shady characters, fringe ideologues and other opportunistic hangers-on who would never have approached their high positions but for Trump's lack of judgment. Another person with knowledge of Trump's thinking said the president continues to direct much of his ire at Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who infuriated him by recusing himself from the Russian Federation probe.
Trump's legal team has cited the Constitution in arguing that the President should not sit down for an interview with Mueller, who is investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election as well as potential collusion with Trump's campaign and obstruction of justice. He admitted he violated campaign finance law by helping provide Trump's campaign excessive and illegal contributions.
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He felt I need to take something else on at this stage of my career. "But it was the best I could do so I called Christian (Horner ).
Davis has strongly telegraphed that Cohen is willing to cooperate with Mueller's investigation.
Before the latest development, 46 percent of American voters approved of Trump's job performance.
The executives are company CEO David Pecker, a longtime Trump friend, and Dylan Howard. The money covered the $130,000 payment to Daniels plus costs and fees, a bonus for Cohen, and money to cover his tax liability.
A former US labor secretary, who is now a leading economist, has called for the annulment of Donald Trump's election victory, calling it 'unconstitutional'.