The charges bring an end to a months-long investigation by the US Attorney's Office for the Southern District of NY.
The majority of the poll was conducted before former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort was convicted of eight charges of tax and bank fraud and former Trump personal attorney Michel Cohen pleaded guilty to eight counts, including campaign finance violations.
Cohen was a fixer for Trump and his family during his time working for the President, and was often fiercely loyal during interviews.
The judge in the Paul Manafort trial was so concerned about chatty jurors that he considered declaring a mistrial in the middle of the fraud case against the former Trump campaign chairman. In a drama that played out simultaneously across two U.S. cities, a court found one former aide guilty of eight charges―and the other pleaded guilty to another eight―stemming from the federal investigation into the 2016 presidential election.
Trump needs to realise that a pardon for Manafort, Cohen or any other potential witness in Mueller's investigation would be seen as just as corrupt as any other attempt to interfere in the special counsel's investigation.
The Supreme Court in 1997, ruling in a sexual harassment lawsuit brought by Paula Jones, held that a sitting president could be made to answer questions as part of a lawsuit.
Lanny Davis, Cohen's attorney, was more direct, saying in a statement later Tuesday that Cohen "stood up and testified under oath that Donald Trump directed him to commit a crime by making payments to two women for the principal objective of influencing an election". A couple of people outside chanted, "Lock him up!" as they recorded the scene with their phones.
New York―Donald Trump stood accused of conspiring to commit campaign finance fraud and two of his closest aides faced jail time Tuesday, after court proceedings delivered a legal and political one-two punch to his embattled presidency. "If those payments were a crime for Michael Cohen, then why wouldn't they be a crime for Donald Trump?". But defense lawyer Kevin Downing warned that Manafort's right to a fair trial was at stake and pushed for thorough questioning, saying "we obviously would not agree that it's a small thing" to have "jurors making comments on the weakness of the defense".
Cohen's plea follows months of scrutiny from federal investigations and a falling out with the president, for whom he previously said he would "take a bullet".
Khuzami said Cohen worked to silence the women whose stories would be "detrimental to the 2016 campaign". But the amounts and the dates all lined up with payments made to Daniels and Playboy Playmate Karen McDougal in the weeks and months leading up to the presidential election.
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In February, after Trump complained that Sessions' response to Republican complaints about the Federal Bureau of Investigation was "disgraceful", the attorney general said in statement he would "continue to discharge my duties with integrity and honour" and the department would "continue to do its work in a fair and impartial manner".
The FBI raided Cohen's home and office in April.
Allies of the president stressed an untested legal theory that a sitting president can not be indicted - only impeached.
Former federal prosecutor Renato Mariotti says there is a constant, implicit threat from Trump to summarily end the probe - even if that would spark a constitutional crisis.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions punched back hard at President Donald Trump's latest sneering criticism Thursday as their long-running rift exploded into a public smackdown.
"We didn't understand her logic and to us if he was guilty on the tax documents he was pretty much guilty on the FBARs", Duncan said.
He said it's "a little surprising" that Cohen's plea agreement with federal prosecutors didn't include a cooperation agreement, though that doesn't bar him from cooperating in the future.
"This is a big win for the special counsel".
These people confirmed reports Cohen could face charges including bank fraud related to his financial dealings with the taxi industry. Cohen used that credit line to fund the Daniels payment, prosecutors said. "It was simply a means to obtain reimbursement for the unlawful contributions". The president has not revealed his thinking but spoke sympathetically throughout the trial of his onetime aide, at one point suggesting he had been treated worse than gangster Al Capone. He raised millions for Trump's campaign.