Flipping in criminal cases should be made illegal: Donald Trump

Cheryl Sanders
August 25, 2018

"It's not fair", Mr Trump said, adding it creates an incentive to "say bad things about somebody ... just make up lies".

According to the report, the Manhattan District Attorney is looking at what role the organization may have had in the arrangement of payments Michael Cohen made to women who claimed to have had sexual relationships with Donald Trump.

The President suggested that Mr Cohen's legal trouble stemmed from his other businesses, including involvement with the New York City taxi industry.

The back-to-back legal blows have raised speculation that Democrats would launch impeachment proceedings if they win the House of Representatives this fall.

Correspondents say it is unlikely Mr Trump's opponents would try to impeach him before November's mid-term elections.

"I don't know how you can impeach somebody who has done a great job".

In just four days since the president's former personal lawyer and fixer pleaded guilty to eight felonies, he has raised more than $155,000 from almost 3,000 donations through a GoFundMe page asking for help with his legal bills as he goes through a "journey to tell the truth about Donald Trump".

Told it would be a bad idea, Trump reportedly agreed - at least while the Russian Federation investigation is still ongoing. No determination has made made at this time about whether criminal charges are merited.

The president's personal lawyer-cum-spokesman Rudy Giuliani echoed that stark warning, hinting at political unrest. "They were friends", Ms Earhardt said in an appearance on Fox News's "Hannity" programme on Wednesday night. And it was not clear the West Wing was assembling any kind of coordinated response. He added later that the money was from his personal wealth and not part of of the campaign's finances. 'In so doing, he coordinated with one or more members of the campaign, including through meetings and phone calls, about the fact, nature, and timing of the payments'. But he insisted he only knew about payments "later on", contradicting his former lawyer's sworn statement that Trump had directed him to make the payments. The president has denied both women's allegations. Yet she offered no explanation for Trump's shifting accounts. As Business Insider's senior politics reporter Allan Smith wrote this week, observers pointed to Allen Weisselberg, the Trump Organization's chief financial officer, as likely to be one of the two.

"Honestly, have a little faith in the American people who elected a president", John Bolton said.

And Manafort faces a second trial in Washington D.C. on September 17 on separate charges that include conspiracy, money laundering, failing to register as a foreign lobbyist and making false and misleading statements to federal agents.

Cohen admitted to violating federal campaign finance laws by arranging hush money payments to adult film star Stormy Daniels and former Playboy model Karen McDougal "at the direction" of Trump. And while top Democratic leaders are warning their colleagues to lay off the topic until after the special counsel completes his investigation of the president, that won't stop the chattering classes from talking about it.

"Cohen did not only want to salvage something after being cast adrift and savaged by Trump, but he undoubtedly wanted to give Trump a taste of his own medicine", the former Trump associate said.

Because the hush payments were meant to influence the outcome of the elections, they violated U.S. laws governing campaign contributions, making Trump an - as yet - unindicted co-conspirator.

Two other Trump loyalists have also ditched him.

Debate swirled inside and outside the White House about the next steps and how damaging the legal fallout was for the president.

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