Manafort is convicted on multiple counts of fraud and Cohen pleads guilty to fraud and campaign finance violations
- Paul Manafort found guilty of tax fraud in Virginia federal court
- Michael Cohen reaches plea deal with prosecutors
According to the Associated Press, Stormy Daniels’ lawyer, Michael Avenatti, says Michael Cohen’s guilty plea should open the door to questioning Donald Trump about “what he knew, when he knew it, and what he did about it”.
Cohen has admitted Trump directed him to make payments that violated campaign finance laws in an effort to keep quiet two women who alleged sexual affairs with the billionaire.
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The US Department of Justice has announced that the second member of Congress to endorse Donald Trump – Duncan Hunter – has been indicted on charges of embezzling campaign funds, along with his wife Margaret.
Trump’s first congressional backer, Chris Collins, was indicted on insider trading charges about two weeks ago.
A 48-page indictment details scores of instances beginning in 2009 and continuing through 2016 in which the Hunters illegally used campaign money to pay for personal expenses that they could not otherwise afford.
The purchases included family vacations to Italy, Hawaii, Phoenix, Arizona, and Boise, Idaho; school tuition; dental work; theatre tickets; and domestic and international travel for almost a dozen relatives.