Mr. Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen and former campaign chairman Paul Manafort found guilty separately, leaving the President in legal jeopardy. Cohen beseeched guilty to eight charges along with campaign finance violations. Whereas, a few minutes earlier of Cohen’s hearing, in a different city, Manafort was condemned for eight charges of bank and tax fraud.
Attending a rally in West Virginia on Tuesday, Mr. Trump did not speak about either of them. This is said to be really a ‘worst hour’ for the American President and everyone’s eyes are on him. A former special counsel to President Barack Obama tweeted, “This is the worst hour of Trump’s entire presidency – no, make that entire life.”
Michael Cohen, at New York’s courtroom, admitted of making “hush-payments” to the two women who claimed of having affair with Mr. Trump. Adding to it, Cohen also confessed about the hidden income worth $4.3 million during the five year span that included receipts from loans, taxi business, and brokerage commissions. About 1 million of unpaid tax and $14 million of debt in a mortgage application were also disclosed by Cohen.
Cohen’s attorney, Lanny Davis, in a statement, said: “Mr. Cohen has knowledge on certain subjects that should be of interest to the special counsel and is more than happy to tell the special counsel all that he knows.” Danny reprimanded Trump on twitter as well.
On the other hand, Manafort was found guilty on five counts for submitting false tax returns and a false report to the foreign bank. He has to face 80 years of prison which is equivalent to life imprisonment. The U.S. District Court Judge, T.S. Ellis III, has given a one week’s time to the prosecutors for deciding whether a retrial is required for those counts or not.