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Trump's former campaign chief convicted on 8 counts

Trump's former campaign chief convicted on 8 counts

Neither deal directly with Russian interference in the election, though the case against Manafort focused on income he received as a political consultant for pro-Russian politicians in Ukraine, including former President Viktor Yanukovych. They also say he lied on loan applications to obtain millions more to maintain a lavish lifestyle.

The other payment was related to McDougal who claimed she engaged in a 10-month extramarital "romantic relationship" in 2006 and 2007.

"You know, Paul Manafort worked for me for a very short period of time", Trump said. Legal analysts say that case will be much more focused on the Trump campaign's potential coordination with Russian Federation, since it will address Manafort's pro-Russia consulting work in the Ukraine, what the Trump campaign knew about it, and what was behind a pro-Russia change in the GOP platform that coincided with Manafort's tenure at the head of Trump's campaign. "They seemed very relaxed, feet up on the table bars and they showed a little bit of nearly disinterest to me, at times".

Manafort, 69, has been in jail since June after his bail was revoked following new charges of witness tampering against him.

In another blow for the United States president, Paul Manafort, the man who once led Trump's election campaign in 2016, was found guilty of eight financial crimes.

And perhaps most importantly, the government read from Manafort's own emails as they laid out their case, including messages where he personally directed withdrawals from the offshore accounts he never reported on his tax returns.

Giuliani has sought to discredit Cohen since news reports that he was considering cooperating with prosecutors, calling him a liar and a scoundrel.

After first denying knowledge of the payment, Trump admitted in May to reimbursing Cohen for a US$130,000 payment made on the eve of the election to Daniels, the porn actress, although he denied the transaction had anything to do with the campaign or involved campaign funds.

In Manhattan federal court, Cohen pleaded guilty to eight counts in all, including tax evasion.

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President Trump called the verdict a "sad thing" and said Manafort is "a good man".

Here's a new one for the crack legal team of Donald Trump, American president: Michael Cohen, his longtime fixer, has reportedly reached a plea agreement with federal prosecutors.

Duncan, though, also said she was underwhelmed by Manafort's defense and seemed to acknowledge, in response to a question, that Manafort's decision not to testify influenced her decision.

Trump has been a vocal critic of Mueller's Russian Federation probe and has repeatedly called it a "witch hunt" and "unnecessary".

On August 22, Trump said he wouldn't recommend his former personal lawyer.

Meanwhile, Cohen's lawyer, Lanny Davis, said his client has information "that would be of interest" to Mueller.

He also asserted that Manafort's convictions were unconnected to his work for the Trump presidential campaign in 2016.

Cohen is the fifth Trump associate to have pleaded guilty or be charged since Trump took office.


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