Michael Cohen Pleads Guilty to Campaign Finance Violations and Tax Evasion
President Donald Trump former longtime personal attorney, Michael Cohen, appeared in a federal courtroom in Manhattan Tuesday to plead guilty to eight total charges, including five counts of tax evasion, two canada goose outlet reviews counts of campaign finance violations, canada goose coats and making false financial statements.
Speaking under oath, Cohen also said he worked the direction of the candidate to keep a former Playboy model and a pornographic film actress quiet about alleged affairs they had with Trump, and that those actions were specifically designed to influence the 2016 presidential election. Although canada goose outlet sale that candidate was not canada goose outlet store named, it was a clear reference to then candidate Trump, for whom Cohen had canada goose clearance sale worked for over Canada Goose Outlet a decade. and proceedings commenced less than 15 minutes later. He told the presiding judge that he had a glass of 12 year old Glenlivet Scotch on the rocks the previous night but was now sober and aware of what he was doing.
Cohen appeared stoic throughout the nearly hour long hearing, speaking canada goose outlet online only in response to the canada goose factory outlet judge questions about his understanding of the plea agreement and reading the charges against him. At one point, Cohen shook his had when one of the prosecutors read the charges against him and described evidence they gathered to support their claims.
Cohen, who relished his role as Trump hard charging on sticky personal and professional problem, is the latest of Trump top associates to run into serious legal trouble.
At the canada goose outlet parka same time that Cohen was appearing in court, a jury in Virginia canada goose uk outlet announced that it had found Trump former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, guilty on eight of 18 counts of bank and tax fraud in a case brought directly by Special Counsel Robert Mueller.
As part of that goose outlet canada case, Trump former deputy canada goose outlet new york city campaign chairman, Rick Gates, pleaded guilty to financial fraud and lying to investigators. canada goose jacket outlet Trump former national security advisor, Michael Flynn, and foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos are both awaiting sentencing after canada goose outlet online uk pleading guilty of lying to investigators.
The Cohen investigation was referred to prosecutors in New York Southern District by Mueller, who has been canada goose investigating Russian meddling in the 2016 election and any contacts the country had with the Trump campaign.
Unlike those cases, however, a Cohen plea on campaign finance charges would be the first time that a Trump associate was found guilty of a crime directly related Canada https://www.drachen-spiele.de Goose online to their work for the Trump campaign.
Federal prosecutors raided Cohen home, offices and hotel room in April. The prosecutors buy canada goose jacket said that evidence for campaign finance violation stem from those raids. Investigators were reportedly looking for information regarding cheap canada goose the $130,000 payment he made to porn star Stormy Daniels just weeks before the presidential election as well as a $150,000 payment to former Playboy model Karen McDougal. Both women allege they had affairs with President Trump Canada Goose Parka years before he took office.
Trump has denied having an affair with McDougal through a White House spokesperson and claimed on Twitter that he only paid Daniels to stop and extortionist accusations made by her about an affair.
Since the raid, Cohen has switched attorneys, obtaining the counsel of Guy Petrillo. In June, he stepped down from a role as canada goose outlet uk deputy finance chairman of the Republican National Committee.
In late July, CNN obtained a recording that Cohen made of Trump discussing with him buying the rights to McDougal story about having an alleged affair with Trump years earlier, one way in which these kinds of scandals are kept quiet.
Cohen was proud of his role as Trump fixer, once comparing himself to TV character Ray cheap canada goose Donovan and telling Vanity Fair in 2017 that he take a bullet for the president. In an interview with ABC News in July, he changed his tone, however.
wife, my daughter and my son have my first loyalty and always will, he said. put family and country first. Lately Cohen and Trump relationship appears to have deteriorated, with Trump criticizing the recording on Twitter and his new attorney, Rudy Giuliani, saying that Cohen is not a credible witness and has all his life.