Cohen did become a reliable surrogate on cable TV - he created a viral moment by repeating "Says who?" when told Trump was down in the polls - and founded the candidate's faith-based organization. The president's attorney and frequent attack dog Rudy Giuliani went from calling Cohen "an honest, honorable lawyer" in May to deriding him as a "pathological liar" in July.
"He's without resources and owes a lot of money", his lawyer, Lanny Davis, said in television interviews on Wednesday. In May, he suggested he'd "use the powers granted to the Presidency and get involved" in an effort by congressional Republicans to get documents related to the Russian Federation probe, and earlier this month he said he "may have to get involved" in an attempt by the conservative group Judicial Watch to obtain former deputy Federal Bureau of Investigation director Andrew McCabe's text messages.
Cohen found ways to profit from the arrangement, making millions from corporations by selling access to Trump, but felt adrift and isolated from Trump, according to two people familiar with his thinking who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss private conversations.
Trump's fury with Sessions - which began its low-burn when Sessions recused himself from the Justice Department's probe into Russian election meddling, eventually leading to the appointment of Special Counsel Robert Mueller - has flared up again.
Experts said the deals were a sign Weisselberg, Pecker and Howard faced criminal exposure because the government did not grant immunity lightly. The effect of their alleged conspiracy against campaign finance laws was to defraud American voters, who were prevented from learning potentially relevant information ahead of Election Day 2016.
Trump explained that Cohen was one of many attorneys that he used, primarily on what he called "small deals". Many of them are already deeply suspicious of a probe launched by Federal Bureau of Investigation officials openly hostile to Trump even before his inauguration. AMI's general counsel, Eric Klee, did not respond to a request for comment.
Champions Man City fight back for 1-1 draw at bold Wolves
Pep Guardiola side will play the Premier League's new entrants from last and this season over the space of the next five matches.
Oil rises as China demand resumes, signs that Iran supply curbed
Hedge funds and other money managers cut their bullish wagers on USA crude futures to the lowest level since mid-June. Oil markets were steady on Friday as the unresolved trade dispute between Washington and Beijing muted activity.
How major United States stock indexes fared Wednesday
Advancing issues outnumbered declining ones on the NYSE by a 1.88-to-1 ratio; on Nasdaq, a 2.32-to-1 ratio favored advancers. ENERGY: U.S. benchmark crude rose $1.16 to $67 per barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange.
Also Tuesday, prosecutors and defense attorneys for former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn agreed to postpone his sentencing after he pleaded guilty to lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation about his contacts with a Russian official.
Trump has repeatedly denied there was coordination between Moscow and his campaign. USA intelligence agencies have concluded it did interfere. Lacovara said that is now what Trump "technically" is.
Not helping Trump's "drain the swamp" claim, or the GOP's defense of the House: The indictments on corruption charges of the first two House Republicans to endorse Trump in the Republican presidential primaries.
Look, some of Trump's early supporters were clearly grifters looking for a bigger piece of the pie. Rep. Chris Collins of NY was indicted earlier this month on insider trading charges.