Michael Cohen has information 'of interest' to Mueller: lawyer

Special counsel Robert Mueller's team is looking into Russian interference in the 2016 USA presidential election.

He is also accused of witness tampering.

News reports said Manafort and his wife, Kathleen, appeared somber-faced as the judge announced the verdict.

They did not know the details of the agreement.

"Mr. Manafort is disappointed of not getting acquittals all the way through or a complete hung jury on all counts", Downing told reporters.

The office of House Speaker Paul Ryan said it was "aware of Mr Cohen's guilty plea to these serious charges" but would need "more information" to be able to comment. "I said 80%. It's a lot". However, the Post notes that a source recently told the outlet that Cohen was willing to testify that he witnessed Trump being informed about Donald Trump Jr.'s famous meeting with a Russian lawyer to get "dirt" on Hillary Clinton.

Giuliani told Robert Costa of the Washington Post that what this really all means is that Special Counsel Robert Mueller has nothing else and that the Russian Federation probe will soon come to an end.

In addition to pleading guilty to campaign finance violations, Cohen also admitted to tax and bank fraud.

Michael Cohen plead guilty in plea deal to paying money to porn star Stormy Daniels and Playboy model Karen McDougal, "at the direction of a candidate for federal office. for the principal objective of influencing the election".

In entering the plea, Cohen did not specifically name the two women or even Mr Trump, recounting instead that he worked with an "unnamed candidate".

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Donald Trump on Wednesday ridiculed his longtime lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen, who implicated him a day earlier in a criminal plot to hide alleged affairs from voters, displaying little concern about any potential legal or political damage to his presidency.

In another tweet, Trump praised his former campaign chairman Paul Manafort as "a courageous man".

Trump has repeatedly denied any collusion and has called the Mueller investigation a witch hunt.

Manafort was charged with 18 counts of tax evasion, bank fraud and hiding foreign bank accounts in the first case Mueller brought to trial as part of the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 United States election.

It also increases pressure on Trump personally.

"If anyone is looking for a good lawyer, I would strongly suggest that you don't retain the services of Michael Cohen!" the president wrote.

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

Davis told MSNBC Tuesday night that Cohen's knowledge involves the "possibility of a conspiracy to collude and corrupt the American democracy system in the 2016 election".

Cohen is the fifth Trump associate to have pleaded guilty or be charged since Trump took office. He did not answer questions about Michael Cohen.

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