Trump Facing Real Trouble? New Calls for Impeachment, Some Conservatives Concerned

Prosecutors say Michael Cohen should face jail time

Prosecutors say Michael Cohen should face jail time

In his tweets, Trump suggested that the payments were being scrutinised only because prosecutors have not been able to find evidence of collusion between his 2016 campaign and Russian Federation.

In separate filings, Mueller's team detail how Cohen spoke to a Russian who "claimed to be a "trusted person" in the Russian Federation who could offer the campaign "political synergy" and 'synergy on a government level."' Cohen said he never followed up on that meeting.

US President Donald Trump on Saturday again denied that his campaign colluded with Russian operatives, but made no comment on claims that he directly organized hush payments to ward off a possible sex scandal during his White House run.

Under U.S. law, campaign contributions, defined as things of value given to a campaign to influence an election, must be disclosed.

New court filings show Donald Trump was "at the center of a massive fraud" against the American people, the incoming chair of the House judiciary committee said on Sunday.

"They would be impeachable offenses", Nadler said, though he added it would still be a judgment call for lawmakers whether the offenses were important enough to warrant impeachment proceedings, which should only be launched in the gravest circumstances.

For example, the newspaper says Cohen told prosecutors that the company's chief financial officer, Allen Weisselberg, also was involved in discussions for hush-money payments to two women who alleged affairs with Trump. "Lawyer's liability if he made a mistake, not me".

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Hemmer noted that former federal prosecutor Andrew McCarthy wrote an op-ed on FoxNews.com arguing that Trump is very likely to be indicted.

McCarthy said the Mueller probe is still looking at collusion and obstruction of justice, while prosecutors from the Southern District of NY are "clearly going after the president on campaign finance violations". But even a defense like this opens Trump up to additional legal jeopardy if he lies to investigators. If it was done at Trump's direction, as alleged by the SDNY's prosecutors, that's another crime. This doesn't mean that Trump is safe; given the five-year statute of limitations on campaign finance crimes, it means only that Trump is safe for now.

The U.S. Justice Department has a standing guideline against indicting sitting presidents, although they can be charged after leaving office.

In August 2016, Playboy model Karen McDougal reached an agreement with American Media Inc, publishers of the National Enquirer, that ensured she would not share her story about a lengthy relationship with Trump. "This is the oldest and most prestigious prosecutors' office in the country".

Cohen will be sentenced in NY this week for the campaign finance felonies.

"The U.S. leader said that ".even if it was, it is only a CIVIL CASE", comparing it to campaign finance violations committed in 2008 by his predecessor, Democrat Barack Obama.

Mr Nadler stressed the need for continuing investigations and a deeper look by Congress into the extent of presidential misconduct.

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