Trump’s former personal lawyer Michael Cohen released from prison

Trump’s former personal lawyer Michael Cohen released from prison

Michael Cohen, the president's former personal attorney, has been released from prison again and was back at his home in New York City Friday evening.  "I just spoke with my client as he left FCI Otisville," his attorney Danya Perry said earlier Friday. "He is extremely gratified that the court upheld his fundamental constitutional right to speak freely and publicly, and he looks forward to doing exactly that." A Manhattan federal judge ordered that Cohen be released by Friday afternoon after he had been sent back to a New York prison for resisting the terms of home confinement. CBS News
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Mueller’s office disputes accuracy of report claiming President Trump instructed Cohen to lie to congress

Mueller’s office disputes accuracy of report claiming President Trump instructed Cohen to lie to congress

The accuracy of a news report that said Donald Trump’s lawyer told Robert Mueller that the president directed him to lie to Congress has been disputed by the special counsel’s office. BuzzFeed, citing two unidentified law enforcement officials, reported that Mr Trump directed Michael Cohen to lie to Congress about a Moscow real estate project. The report also said that Cohen told Mr Mueller that Mr Trump personally instructed him to lie about the timing of the project. The statement by Mr Mueller’s office on Friday night did not cite any specific errors. However the special counsel’s spokesman, Peter Carr,…
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Prosecutors recommend substantial term of imprisonment for Michael Cohen despite collaboration – Mueller said that the former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort lied about five major issues after agreeing to cooperate with prosecutors

Prosecutors recommend substantial term of imprisonment for Michael Cohen despite collaboration – Mueller said that the former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort lied about five major issues after agreeing to cooperate with prosecutors

CNN reports "Special counsel Robert Mueller said Friday that former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort lied about five major issues after agreeing to cooperate with prosecutors, including his "contact with administration officials." In a heavily redacted document, Mueller also said Manafort lied about his interactions with Konstantin Kilimnik. Mueller has said Kilimnik has ties to the Russian military intelligence unit accused of hacking the Democrats, and Friday outlined how they may have worked together to tamper with witnesses following Manafort's arrest last year. President Donald Trump's appeared optimistic after the release of several highly anticipated documents from the special counsel…
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The Update – Trump’s longest hour and beyond

The Update – Trump’s longest hour and beyond

President Donald Trump accused his former lawyer Michael Cohen of lying under pressure of prosecution as his White House grappled with allegations that the president had orchestrated a campaign cover-up to buy the silence of two women who claimed he had affairs with them. CNN carries a story analysing what's next and tries to answer pertinent questions. Which one is a bigger deal -- Manafort or Cohen? They're both big deals, but the Cohen plea deal -- especially his testimony that he negotiated payments to women alleging affairs with Trump at the candidate's direction -- is the bigger deal. Will Trump be indicted? Almost certainly not.…
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Worst hour for Donald Trump as court decisions leave him in potential legal jeopardy

Worst hour for Donald Trump as court decisions leave him in potential legal jeopardy

Donald Trump has suffered a huge double blow after one of his former associates pleaded guilty and another was convicted of financial crimes, potentially leaving the president himself in legal jeopardy. Michael Cohen, his longtime lawyer and “fixer”, pleaded guilty to eight charges including campaign finance violations and directly implicated Trump in paying “hush money” to women with whom he allegedly had affairs. Just minutes earlier, Paul Manafort, the president’s former campaign chairman, was convicted on eight charges of bank and tax fraud. The dual courtroom dramas set up a moment of rare peril for the president. “This is the worst hour of Trump’s…
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US: Michael Cohen testifies that Trump directed him to commit a crime

US: Michael Cohen testifies that Trump directed him to commit a crime

U.S. President Donald Trump's former personal lawyer Michael Cohen testified on Tuesday that Trump had directed him to commit a crime by arranging payments ahead of the 2016 presidential election to silence two women who claimed to have had affairs with Trump. Cohen, 51, made the statements as he pleaded guilty to eight criminal charges in federal court in Manhattan, including tax evasion, bank fraud and campaign finance violations. Cohen did not name Trump in court, but his lawyer, Lanny Davis, said afterward that he was referring to the president. "Today he (Cohen) stood up and testified under oath that…
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Trump attacks his former lawyer after leak on ‘Playboy model’ recording

Trump attacks his former lawyer after leak on ‘Playboy model’ recording

New York Times reports how President Trump lashed out at his longtime lawyer, Michael D. Cohen, on Saturday, suggesting that there could be legal consequences for Mr. Cohen’s decision to record a discussion they had two months before the 2016 election about paying a former Playboy model who said she had an affair with Mr. Trump. “Inconceivable that the government would break into a lawyer’s office (early in the morning) — almost unheard of,” Mr. Trump wrote on Twitter. “Even more inconceivable that a lawyer would tape a client — totally unheard of & perhaps illegal. The good news is that your…
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New York Times: Michael Cohen Secretly Taped Trump Discussing Payment to Playboy Model

New York Times: Michael Cohen Secretly Taped Trump Discussing Payment to Playboy Model

New York Times: President Trump’s longtime lawyer, Michael D. Cohen, secretly recorded a conversation with Mr. Trump two months before the presidential election in which they discussed payments to a former Playboy model who said she had an affair with Mr. Trump, according to lawyers and others familiar with the recording. The F.B.I. seized the recording this year during a raid on Mr. Cohen’s office. The Justice Department is investigating Mr. Cohen’s involvement in paying women to tamp down embarrassing news stories about Mr. Trump ahead of the 2016 election. Prosecutors want to know whether that violated federal campaign finance laws,…
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BBC: Trump’s personal lawyer received secret payment to arrange meeting between the US and Ukrainian Presidents

Donald Trump's personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, received a secret payment of at least $400,000 (£300,000) to fix talks between the Ukrainian president and President Trump, according to sources in Kiev close to those involved. The payment was arranged by intermediaries acting for Ukraine's leader, Petro Poroshenko, the sources said, though Mr Cohen was not registered as a representative of Ukraine as required by US law. BBC quotes sources in Kiev who are close to those involved who said that Cohen was paid through intermediaries acting on Poroshenko's behalf, even though Cohen was not registered as a foreign agent of Ukraine under…
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Trump’s personal lawyer offices raided

The  New York Times reports that the FBI on Monday raided the office of Michael Cohen, who has served as Donald Trump’s personal lawyer for years. The FBI also raided Cohen’s personal residence in New York, according to CBS News. FBI agents have seized documents from President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer Michael Cohen, in a dramatic new twist in the saga surrounding his personal dealings. Mr Cohen’s lawyer Stephen Ryan says the search warrants were executed by the office of the US Attorney for Southern District of New York but they are “in part” related to special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation, according to…
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