New York state subpoenas Michael Cohen in Trump Foundation probe

New York state subpoenas Michael Cohen in Trump Foundation probe

"In fact my first question when I heard about it was did they come out of the campaign, because that could be a little dicey", Trump said in the interview, a day after his personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, implicated him and said the maneuver was created to sway the election.

Cohen, Trump's former attorney, pleaded guilty to eight charges in federal court on Tuesday related to then-candidate Trump's presidential campaign.

On the way to West Virginia aboard Air Force One on Tuesday, the president watched Fox News coverage of the Manafort verdict and Cohen's plea, two people familiar with the matter said.

Questioned by the federal judge, Cohen said he had paid sums of $130,000 and $150,000 each to two women who claimed they had affairs with Trump, acting at his boss's request, in a bid to buy their silence "with the goal of influencing the election".

The plea deal has prompted the question: Can a sitting president be indicted? Cohen is intent on telling the truth to whoever asks him and is "more than happy" to tell Mueller all that he knows, Davis said, calling that pledge, "the functional equivalent of co-operation".

Cohen's lawyer Lanny Davis meanwhile indicated in morning television interviews that Cohen would not seek a pardon from Trump and had information to share with federal prosecutors that could damage the president.

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"It's my observation that Mr. Cohen has knowledge that would be of interest to the special counsel about the issue of whether Donald Trump, ahead of time, knew about the hacking of emails, which is a computer crime", Davis told CNN in an interview Wednesday. "He will not, and does not want anything from Donald Trump", Davis told MSNBC.

"But clearly, based on the facts in this information that Michael Cohen pled to. there can be little doubt that Donald Trump is an unindicted co-conspirator in those two crimes".

Cohen's illegal campaign contributions involved secret hush payments he made on Trump's behalf during the 2016 campaign to two women who claimed to have had affairs with the Republican candidate. "Unlike Michael Cohen, he refused to 'break"'.

The president has attacked the investigation for months, repeatedly slamming it as a "witch hunt". "Sorry, I don't see Michael doing that".

Cohen did not specify the women's names, but the sums correspond to a payment known to have been made to adult film star Stormy Daniels just before the election to silence her claims of a one-night stand with Trump - and another destined for former Playboy model Karen McDougal. Cohen made the payments through a company he owned before submitting fake invoices to Trump, through which he was duly reimbursed.

The state's investigation follows Underwood's lawsuit alleging Trump illegally tapped his Trump Foundation to settle legal disputes, help his campaign for president and pay for personal and business expenses, which included spending $10,000 on a 6-foot (1.8-meter) portrait of himself.

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