Cohen called state tax officials soon after subpoena

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But in various interviews, Trump and his aides have suggested that the US President is effectively above the law and any integrity issues will be decided in the electoral court of the people.

Fox News released excerpts of an interview conducted with Trump on Wednesday in which the president said he knew of the payments made by Cohen "later on" but did not elaborate. But Cohen told the judge he arranged both contributions, at Trump's direction, "for the principal goal of influencing the election".

On Tuesday, Trump's former lawyer, Michael Cohen, pleaded guilty to making or orchestrating those payments.

"I've been very consistent about this, I don't want to cross paths with ongoing criminal investigations", Graham said. There could have been an Edwards-style defense, that Trump needed to shield his wife, Melania Trump, and his children from embarrassment. Pecker is accused of participating in a "catch and kill" scheme with Cohen and Trump to purchase exclusive rights to the stories of Trump's mistresses, and then declining to ever publish them, for the purposes of silencing the women.

Trump praised Manafort for going to trial, in which the president's former campaign chief was found guilty of eight counts of financial fraud. And again and again and again. She continuously pitches back to the fact the president hasn't been charged with a crime.

CONWAY: Why are his words not important to you? And they put the two counts of campaign violations in there.

That question should especially engage those conservatives who demanded Clinton's impeachment (as I did). But Maurice Cohen told his son that he did not survive the Nazi genocide to have his family name dragged through the mud by the president, the Wall Street Journal reported. What charges were filed against Donald Trump this week?

A few days earlier, Trump had referred to John Dean, the White House counsel whose truth-telling was instrumental in Richard Nixon's downfall, as a "RAT".

Democrats who have grown giddy about taking the House should consider what a campaign to bring down a president, who is supported by a huge swath of the nation and has fighting allies in the press, would be like.

The President also claimed that the payments did not constitute a crime and that "President Obama had a big campaign finance violation and it was easily settled!"

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Trump's response: To quixotically argue that the federal felonies Cohen pleaded guilty to isn't a crime.

A similar example of detachment from reality is the president's and his allies' refusal to acknowledge he lied about knowing of the illegal 2016 hush-money payments.

"But they weren't - that's not a - it's not even a campaign violation".

Cohen's involvement is part of a broadening state investigation into the Trump Foundation, and Cohen's willingness to cooperate with a state subpoena this week could provide an immediate legal problem for the Trump White House as it grapples separately with the Mueller investigation. "Michael's my attorney, and you'll have to ask Michael".

Sessions made a rare counterattack, saying in a statement, "I took control of the Department of Justice the day I was sworn in, which is why we have had unprecedented success at effectuating the President's agenda".

HANNITY: Oh, I didn't know he did.

What we know now: Every answer was false. During the campaign, each had taken a six-figure payment that kept their claimed affairs with Trump out of the public eye.

Mr Cohen's admission has thrown Mr Trump's presidency into crisis and raises questions about the President's own legal jeopardy.

Asked if he was considering such a move, Trump said only that he has "great respect for what he has done, in terms of what he has gone through".

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