How Trump can survive the onslaught against his presidency

Aug 27, 2018, 01:44
How Trump can survive the onslaught against his presidency

The tweets cap a hard week for Trump in which his former lawyer, Michael Cohen, said the president directed him to arrange hush money payments to two women before the election.

Cohen also said in court that he made those payments "in coordination and at the direction of a candidate for federal office", whom his attorney later identified as Trump. "The Who Is America? creator and star also resurrected his persona to skewer Trump in a NSFW letter, following Tuesday's conviction of Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort and Trump's former personal attorney Michael Cohen pleading guilty to eight federal crimes". His sentiments were echoed by his colleague Peter Hart, who said this weeks news "represents a fools gold opportunity rather than a silver bullet solution" for those hoping for Trump's demise.

Trump has repeatedly claimed he is the victim of a "witch hunt.' He touted Manafort as a 'brave man" while accusing Cohen of making up stories to get a deal.

Lanny Davis, one of Cohen's attorneys, told Business Insider on Wednesday that Cohen feels "pain for his family" that he could go to prison, and relief that the uncertainty is over now that he has a plea deal. With Cohen's involvement, the publication began questioning President Barack Obama's birthplace and American citizenship in print, an effort that Trump promoted for several years, former staffers said.

The referral request was first reported by The New York Times. The newly disloyal Michael Cohen, who has shown little compunction about damaging the president, may be a lost cause.

"Trump is an illegitimate president whose election is tainted by fraud", conservative commentator Max Boot wrote earlier this week in the Washington Post.

"I know this is a hard position for him to be in, but I think it would be bad for the country, it would be bad for the president, it would be bad for the Department of Justice for him to be forced out under these circumstances", said Senator John Cornyn, the No. 2 Senate Republican.

In a separate development, the NY attorney general is moving to open a state criminal tax investigation into Cohen.

There is no indication their cooperation extends beyond the scope of the Cohen probe.

Federal prosecutors in NY are considering possible charges against the Trump Organization in relation to the Cohen hush-money agreement with Daniels, an official briefed confirmed to ABC News on Friday.

Daniels claims she had an affair with President Trump in 2006, months after Melania Trump gave birth to their son Barron. The tax department subpoenaed Cohen this week. Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani said in May this was part of "a long-standing agreement that Michael Cohen takes care of situations like this, then gets paid for them sometimes".

"Big story out that the Federal Bureau of Investigation ignored tens of thousands of Crooked Hillary Emails, many of which are REALLY BAD", Trump tweeted.

Cohen pleaded guilty on Tuesday to handling hush money for Mr Trump in violation of campaign finance laws.

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