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Source: Fox News

Michael Cohen, former Trump attorney, gets 3 years in prison for tax fraud, campaign finance violations, lying

Today 20:57 GMT

Michael Cohen, the president’s former fixer who once famously claimed he was willing to "take a bullet" for Donald Trump before later turning against his boss, was sentenced to three years in prison Wednesday by a federal judge in New York after pleading guilty to numerous crimes while cooperating with prosecutors.

Cohen appeared before U.S. District Judge William Pauley III for sentencing after pleading guilty to campaign finance violations, tax evasion and lying to Congress about Trump’s past business dealings in Russia.

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Source: Reuters

Exclusive: Trump says he is not concerned about being impeached,...

Today 20:56 GMT

President Donald Trump said on Tuesday he was not concerned that he could be impeached and that hush payments made ahead of the 2016 election by his former personal attorney Michael Cohen to two women did not violate campaign finance laws.

“It’s hard to impeach somebody who hasn’t done anything wrong and who’s created the greatest economy in the history of our country,” Trump told Reuters in an Oval Office interview.

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Source: Global News

Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen to be sentenced for hush money, Russia probe 

Today 20:56 GMT

U.S. President Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer Michael Cohen will be sentenced on Wednesday for his role in the payment of hush money to women who said they had affairs with Trump and for lying to Congress about a proposed Trump Tower project in Russia that was discussed during the 2016 election campaign.

Michael Cohen should serve ‘substantial’ time in prison, prosecutors say. Though they said he provided useful information about the hush money payments, prosecutors said Cohen declined to sign a formal cooperation agreement, which would have required him to be fully debriefed about his entire criminal history and his knowledge of others’ crimes.

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Source: Reuters

Highlights: Key quotes from the Reuters interview with Trump

Today 20:56 GMT

This has been a big problem that we’ve had in so many different ways with so many companies from China and from other places.

If I think it’s good for the country, if I think it’s good for what will be certainly the largest trade deal ever made – which is a very important thing – what’s good for national security – I would certainly intervene if I thought it was necessary.”

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Source: Fox News

Flynn lawyers ask for probation, community service in Russia false-statements case

Today 20:56 GMT

Lawyers for former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn argued Tuesday that their client deserved to receive no more than a year of probation and 200 hours of community service for making false statements to federal investigators.

Flynn's lawyers attached seven documents related to Flynn's military service, including his 2002 Bronze Star Medal citation. Since his guilty plea, Flynn has stayed largely out of the public eye and refrained from discussing the Russia investigation despite encouragement from his supporters to take an aggressive stance.

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Source: Fox News

Trump did NOT violate campaign finance law, despite what prosecutors say

Today 19:07 GMT

A sentencing memorandum filed Friday in U.S. District Court in New York City regarding former Trump personal attorney Michael Cohen states that Cohen “acted in coordination with and at the direction of” presidential candidate Trump to make hush-money payments during the 2016 presidential campaign to two women who allege they had extramarital affairs with Trump.

Nearly two years and $30 million later, the investigation by Special Counsel Robert Mueller of allegations of collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign to make Donald Trump president is no closer to finding dirt – any dirt – on President Trump.

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Source: The Week

Michael Cohen's last con

Today 20:57 GMT

The sentence he handed down seemed to take into account Cohen’s tortured claims of repentance: "Today is the day that I am getting my freedom back," Cohen said on Wednesday. "I have been living in a personal and mental incarceration ever since the day that I accepted the offer to work for a real estate mogul whose business acumen that I deeply admired."

Cohen is a pathetic figure, not only in the sense that he is, as a lawyer, a businessman, a criminal, and an American citizen "woefully inadequate," but in the older sense that he arouses pity.

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Source: Fox News

Advice for ex-Trump lawyer Michael Cohen ahead of sentencing: ‘Bring toothbrush to court’

Today 20:56 GMT

If a federal judge sentences Michael Cohen to prison Wednesday, he may ask that Cohen report at a future date – or he may demand that the former personal lawyer for President Trump be placed behind bars immediately.

“If I were advising [Cohen],” Michael J. Stern, a former federal prosecutor in Detroit and Los Angeles, told the Associated Press, “I’d encourage him to bring his toothbrush to court.”

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Source: Fox News

Tomi Lahren: Russia merry go ‘round’

Today 19:06 GMT

I think I speak for millions of Americans when I say, I am so sick and hearing “RUSSIA RUSSIA RUSSIA” with no “EVIDENCE EVIDENCE EVIDENCE!”

Quite frankly, I am sick of talking about Russia, Mueller, Comey, Cohen, Flynn, Manafort, Stormy, Strzok, Page, and the rest of them.

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Source: CBS News

Rubio reserving judgment on Trump's alleged connection to Cohen case

Monday 14:30 GMT

Sen. Marco Rubio is reserving judgment on President Trump's alleged connection to the criminal case against former longtime attorney Michael Cohen.

Mr. Trump, asked by reporters Saturday whether he directed Cohen to do anything illegal, responded, "No, no, no.". Rubio did not directly respond when first asked whether he stands by the president after prosecutors suggested Mr. Trump was connected to the crimes to which Cohen has pleaded guilty. "Look, we're a nation of laws," Rubio responded.

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Source: CBS News

Full transcript: "Face the Nation" on December 9, 2018

Monday 18:10 GMT

REPRESENTATIVE ADAM SCHIFF: My takeaway is there's a very real prospect that on the day Donald Trump leaves office, the Justice Department may indict him, that he may be the first President in quite some time to face the real prospect of jailtime.

Here, it appears the Justice Department doesn't think there's any problem of proving that this was intended to principally affect the election and to have the Justice Department basically say that the President of the United States not only coordinated, but directed an illegal campaign scheme that may have an-- had an election altering impact, is pretty breathtaking.

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Source: Fox News

Evidence linking Trump to campaign finance crimes is not there, top lawyer says

Tuesday 09:54 GMT

An expert campaign finance lawyer said in an interview published Monday that he is not impressed with the Department of Justice's evidence that effectively links President Trump to campaign finance violations after the recent release of the Michael Cohen sentencing memo.

Dan Backer, the lawyer, told Forbes that there appears to be no evidence to corroborate the DOJ’s apparent assertion of any illegality on Trump's part.

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Source: CBS News

Thune says drawing conclusions about Trump from Cohen case amounts to "mostly speculation"

Monday 17:15 GMT

Drawing conclusions about President Trump's involvement in a scheme to make illegal payments to women based on federal prosecutors' claims in the case against Michael Cohen amounts to little more than "speculation," Republican Sen. John Thune of South Dakota told "Face the Nation" Sunday.

Federal prosecutors in New York on Friday said Cohen was acting at Mr. Trump's direction when Cohen illegally paid off two women who claimed they had affairs with Mr. Trump.

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Source: Fox News

Victoria Toensing: Why has Mueller ignored Obama administration crimes?

Monday 20:55 GMT

The sorry saga began with a January 12, 2017 column about the Flynn/Kislyak conversations by The Washington Post’s David Ignatius, who described his source as a “senior U.S. government official,” i.e., an Obama administration functionary.

Thus, before Flynn flunked remembering every word of a conversation he was asked to recall weeks later, an Obama administration official had egregiously broken the national security and privacy laws.

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Source: Reuters

Commentary: Mueller just brought Trump closer to prosecution

Tuesday 16:21 GMT

Mueller now has proven that Cohen, along with former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort and former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn, broke the law by lying to the FBI and Congress about their contacts with Russians and people with ties to Russian intelligence.

Specifically, they detailed how Trump’s lawyer and self-described fixer Michael Cohen bought the silence of two women who said they had sexual liaisons with Trump – and did so in order to help Trump win the presidency – with the president’s full knowledge.


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