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Michael Cohen is the closest member of President Trump’s inner circle to come under criminal investigation

"As far as I am concerned, that is an indictable offense".

"The message is that we are here, that the we are a nation of laws, and that the essence of this case is about justice and an equal playing field for all persons in the eyes of the law", Robert Khuzami, the federal prosecutor who executed the Cohen case, said Tuesday outside the NY courthouse after Trump's ex-lawyer entered the plea.

Under US law, the plea could carry a possible sentence of up to five years and three months in prison.

Cohen said he violated the law in making hush money payments during the campaign at the direction of a candidate for office - which could only be the president.

The report by ABC followed earlier reports by NBC News, CNN and Reuters that Cohen was discussing a plea bargain.

Mr Davis told Sky News the president "lied about" committing the felony. Manafort received loans from the Federal Savings Bank after one of its executives sought a position in the Trump campaign and administration, according to prosecutors.

The information could include whether Trump knew ahead of time about the hacking of Democratic Party e-mails during the 2016 presidential election campaign, Davis said in a series of television interviews on August 22.

The charges against Manafort were brought by special counsel and respected former Federal Bureau of Investigation director Robert Mueller, who is investigating Russia's role in tipping the 2016 presidential election in Trump's favor.

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Trump contrasted Cohen's actions with those of Manafort, whom he described as "such a fearless man".

It looks like US President Donald Trump's former lawyer Michael Cohen doesn't plan on going down alone, and will ensure Trump follows. "Hasn't said why, but generally agreed was because actions involved did not fall under Mueller's core Trump-Russia assignment", York tweeted.

The news comes the same hour Mr. Trump's former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, was also found guilty on eight counts - five counts of tax fraud, one count of failing to disclose a foreign bank account, and two counts of bank fraud. "And they didn't come out of the campaign, and that's big".

When the lawsuit initially was filed, President Trump accused "sleazy New York Democrats" of "doing everything they can to sue me on a foundation that. gave out to charity more money than it took in. And he feels liberated", Davis said.

"I have a client telling me I am willing to tell the truth to anyone who asks me".

"Where's the Collusion? They made up a phony crime called Collusion, and when there was no Collusion they say there was Obstruction (of a phony crime that never existed)", Trump said in a Monday tweetstorm.

Special counsel Robert Mueller's team is looking into Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Days later, Trump issued a clarification that he believed the assessment of top American intelligence officers.

Cohen served for years as Trump's personal lawyer and "fixer" - helping to negotiate deals and protect Trump and his family. It made him question the president's loyalty.

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