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USA prosecutors grant Trump Organization CFO immunity in Cohen probe

28 August 2018

"You have this Cohen guy, he doesn't know anything about Russian collusion, he doesn't know anything about obstruction, he's a massive liar", Giuliani said, reiterating his clients' earlier statements when Trump accused Cohen of "making up stories" to get a plea bargain deal.

"He's without resources and owes a lot of money", his lawyer, Lanny Davis, said in television interviews on Wednesday.

President Donald Trump's former longtime lawyer Michael Cohen pleaded guilty this week to a list of federal crimes as the controversy surrounding him reached a climax.

Law&Crime reported in July that the feds were looking into Trump and Cohen's payments to women who claimed to have had affairs with Trump in the past. But a deal has yet to be struck and there are doubts about what Cohen can prove or whether the special counsel would want to rely on an untrustworthy witness.

Cohen, 51, once said he'd take a bullet for Trump.

President Trump has repeatedly tried to demand absolute loyalty from top law enforcement officials and has fired some who choose to fulfill their constitutional duties rather than following the orders of a president whose administration, campaign, and business interests are mired in scandals, federal investigations, indictments and convictions.

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Before the latest development, 46 percent of American voters approved of Trump's job performance. District Court in the District of Columbia, obtained by Politico .

In a recent interview with Fox News, President Donald Trump hammered Sessions over his decision to recuse himself from the Russian Federation investigation.

Those were guiding principles for Cohen when he served as more than just a lawyer for Trump during the developer's rise from celebrity to president-elect. But in a second interview, he said last week that "the president is entitled to an attorney general he has faith in".

This is why the news that Manhattan district attorney Cyrus Vance is considering pursuing charges against the Trump Organization may be such a significant development. On Tuesday he pleaded guilty to eight felony counts, including tax evasion. It was a sign that Flynn's cooperation was still needed - and possible - in the Mueller probe. Trump pointed out that Obama paid large fines for "huge" violations and that nearly every Presidential campaign has committed violations that are generally treated as civil, not criminal, infractions. Russian interference in the 2016 USA election may have been his original mandate - pretext might be a better word - but its goal now is obviously to implicate Trump in criminal wrongdoing. Lacovara said that is now what Trump "technically" is.

Trump's base will remain faithful to him to the bitter end, but the people who really matter are turning against him, and it doesn't bode well for his political survival.

The Enquirer endorsed Trump for president in 2016, the first time it had ever officially backed a candidate. Rep. Chris Collins of NY was indicted earlier this month on insider trading charges.

USA prosecutors grant Trump Organization CFO immunity in Cohen probe