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Impeach me and the market crashes

24 August 2018

The question is whether the payments were made to protect Mr Trump's personal reputation or to protect his image as a presidential candidate. "I think everybody would be very poor", Trump said.

"But", he countered", if somebody defrauded a bank, and he's going to get 10 years in jail or 20 years in jail, but if you can say something bad about Donald Trump, and you'll go down to two years or three years, which is the deal he made".

In practice, an indictment is highly unlikely: Since 2000, the Justice Department position has been that a sitting president is "immune from indictment as well as from further criminal process".

Cohen also purportedly paid porn star Stormy Daniels - whose real name is Stephanie Clifford - a sum of $130,000 as hush money after she claimed she had a previous sexual relationship with Trump in order to influence the 2016 election.

The effort gained renewed energy after Trump's longtime personal lawyer Michael Cohen told a district court judge in NY that he made hush money payments to an adult film actress and a former Playboy model "at the direction" of Trump with the intent to "influence the election".

"Michael Cohen plead (sic) guilty to two counts of campaign finance violations that are not a crime", he tweeted, adding that "President Obama had a big campaign finance violation and it was easily settled!"

The president has denied having affairs with the women, and he and his team have denied he had any knowledge of the payments before they were made.

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Trump tore into Cohen during the Fox & Friends interview for what he called "flipping", saying Cohen "makes a better deal when he uses me, like everybody else".

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

"In fact, I watched a number of [TV] shows".

Despite Trump's defiant tone, Washington-based campaign finance expert Kate Belinski, of the Nossaman law firm, said to expect legal consequences for both Trump and his campaign - most likely in the form of a civil complaint before the Federal Election Commission.

Cohen, who pleaded guilty on Tuesday to campaign finance violations and other charges, said in court that Trump directed him to arrange the payments to avoid damaging publicity shortly before the November 2016 election.

That tool "almost ought to be outlawed".

At nearly the same time, Trump's former campaign chief Paul Manafort was found guilty of tax and bank fraud by a jury in Virginia.

Impeach me and the market crashes