Trump 'Likely To Be Indicted' On Campaign Finance Violations

Donald Trump made illegal payments to two women before 2016 US elections, say prosecutors

The United States justice department says President Donald Trump directed illegal payments to buy the silence of women whose claims of extramarital affairs threatened his presidential campaign.

Michael Cohen, former lawyer to President Donald Trump, leaves his apartment building on New York's Park Avenue, Friday, Dec. 7, 2018.

Seven-page government sentencing document for Michael Cohen, President Trump's former lawyer.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said Friday that the Cohen filings "tell us nothing of value that wasn't already known".

"There's a very real prospect that on the day Donald Trump leaves office the Justice Department may indict him", he said on CBS's "Face the Nation", alluding to the fact that many legal scholars do not believe a sitting president can be indicted.

Mr Cohen has been found guilty of campaign finance violations for paying hush money to two women before the 2016 Presidential Election. The president has denied the affairs and the hush money allegations. Individual-1 is the term prosecutors have been using to refer to the President.

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Judges could block the proposals if they become law by issuing temporary injunctions, which could last the duration of the cases. Robin Vos, the speaker of the Assembly, accused Democrats of fanning hysteria and exaggerating the effects of the bills.

That isn't clear, and it's important to note that federal prosecutors haven't accused Mr Trump of violating the law.

In separate filings, Mueller's team also laid out evidence of additional contacts between Trump associates and Russian intermediaries. He and other lawmakers said Sunday they would need to await findings from special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian election interference and possible coordination with the Trump campaign.

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Dean, who served as Nixon's counsel from 1970 to 1973, was chosen by the president to lead a special investigation into the Watergate scandal.

Still, he said, "The new Congress will not try to shield the president" as he said Republicans have. The November 2015 outreach - which Mueller says Cohen did not pursue - appears to be the earliest known effort by Russian Federation to build ties with the Trump campaign. Schiff also said Cohen has recently been cooperating with the investigation.

They said Manafort told "multiple discernible lies", including about his communications with a political consultant will alleged ties to Russian intelligence, and about interactions with Trump administration officials even after Manafort was first indicted in late 2017.

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He said the Chinese delegation to the G20 summit went to Panama after Buenos Aires and haven't returned to China. Chinese officials have been instructed to take necessary steps for the purchases, two officials told the outlet.

Tapper, in an attempt to correct Nadler, reminded him that the inspector general came to that conclusion with respect to Democrat candidate Hillary Clinton's email server through the summer of 2016, but not necessarily with respect to decisions made after that.

Cohen's sentencing recommendation may be seen as problematic, as Trump tweeted only days ago that Cohen should receive a "full and complete sentence".

In these 2018 photos, Paul Manafort leaves federal court in Washington, left and attorney Michael Cohen leaves federal court in NY.

"I think that was thoroughly investigated by the inspector general", said Nadler, adding that the IG concluded that the partisan opinions of key actors did not "in any way influence the actions of the department".

Schiff said Trump may end up needing to seek a pardon for himself from the next US president.

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