Here's the Breakdown on Trump's Long-Time 'Fixer,' the Crimes, and What It May Mean for Trump
- Former Trump attorneyMichael Cohen pleaded guilty
to eight counts of violatingcampaign finance rules
by paying hush money to two women
who claimed affairs with Trump.
- Mr. Cohen pled guilty twocampaign finance charges,
both for the purpose ofinfluencing the 2016 election.
- [Announcer] Elevendays before the election,
Cohen paid off porn star Stormy Daniels
who claimed she had aone-night stand with Trump.
The President initially saidhe knew nothing about it.
- [Interviewer] Did you know
about the $130,000payment to Stormy Daniels.
- [Donald] No.
- [Announcer] Cohen saidin federal court Tuesday
that he made the payments in coordination
and at the direction of acandidate for federal office.
It's not clear if Trump broke the law,
and legal experts say it wouldbe hard to prove in court.
But Cohen's lawyer Lanny Davis told MSNBC
- [Lanny] It was a crimefor President Trump
to direct Michael Cohen to the crime
of a campaign finance donation
that exceeded the legal limitations.
- [Announcer] But Politico points out
the documents outlining Cohen's plea deal
don't appear to provideany examples or evidence
that Trump directed Cohen to do anything.
And the President's lawyer,Rudy Giuliani, said,
"There was no allegation
"of any wrongdoing against the President."
But legal experts saythere could be problems
for the President if he is heard on tape
directing Cohen to pay thewomen with campaign funds.
Cohen's guilty plea couldadd to Democratic calls
to impeach the President.
Legal analysts say a sittingpresident cannot be indicted,
but he can be impeached,
which is a political,not a criminal, response.
- [Alan] Violation of election laws
are regarded as kind of jaywalking
in the realm of things about elections.
There are so many of them.
Every administrationviolates the election laws.
Every candidate violates the election laws
when they run for president.
- [Announcer] Meanwhile,Cohen's guilty plea came
at almost the same time
that former Trump campaignchairman Paul Manafort
was convinced of eight financialcrimes in a trial arising
from Special Counsel RobertMueller's investigation,
even though it has nothingto do with Russian collusion.
But for now, the focus isclearly on Cohen's case,
and the implicationsit may or may not have
for President Trump.
Charlene Aaron, CBN News.