Donald Trump, White House deny wrongdoing after Michael Cohen plea deal

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"I believe that a pardon from Donald Trump would by definition be dirty", Davis said, because Trump has "acted so corruptly in his business endeavors and in the number of lies that he utterly unapologetically articulates everyday as president of the United States".

In a drama that played out simultaneously across two USA cities, a court found one former aide guilty of eight charges, while the other pleaded guilty to another eight charges stemming from a federal investigation into the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

The GOP has been circulating talking points aiming to ease the political impact of Tuesday's plea by former Trump attorney Michael Cohen.

Impeachment talk has increased over the past two days after Trump's former campaign manager, Paul Manafort, was convicted of eight counts of fraud by a federal court jury in Virginia.

She also told NBC News in a statement: "Michael [Avenatti] and I are vindicated and we look forward to the apologies from the people who claimed we were wrong".

Five Trump associates have now pleaded guilty or been charged with crimes in Russia-related or spinoff investigations. Cohen pleaded guilty in NY, saying he and Trump had arranged the payment of hush money to porn star Stormy Daniels and a former Playboy model to influence the election.

"I said it's my observation that Mr. Cohen has knowledge that would be of interest to the special counsel about the issue of whether Donald Trump ahead of time knew about the hacking of emails, which is a computer crime that was the subject of the indictment of the 12 Russians", Davis said on CNN. They did not com out of campaign.

The president lauded him for declining to "make up stories" to get a deal.

According to Davis, Cohen feels motivated in part because of Trump's controversial news conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin earlier this summer in Helsinki, Finland, during which Trump appeared to side with Putin over the USA intelligence community on Russian interference in the election. That's true, but the key difference is that the Obama campaign violations amounted to clerical errors and paperwork delays that didn't rise to the level of criminality, which is why the Federal Election Commission took care of it.

Politico: "'It's the only excuse they'll need': "Legal blows fuel impeachment fears" - "President Donald Trump and his allies were armed with a quick response to former campaign chairman Paul Manafort's guilty verdict - it had nothing to do with Russian collusion, and nothing to do with Trump.

The reality? The crimes are real, and Cohen could face time in a very real prison. Did they come out of the campaign? In July, Cohen's attorney, Lanny Davis, made public a secretly recorded conversation that Cohen had with Trump in 2016 in which they are heard discussing the McDougal payment.

"I participated in this conduct with the goal of influencing the election", a visibly crestfallen Cohen told the judge, his voice trembling at times as he addressed the packed courtroom.

Cohen pleaded guilty on Tuesday to eight criminal charges of tax evasion, bank fraud and campaign finance violations.

As two more of the President's men fell, existential questions over Mr Trump's own political future followed and are now forefront in the minds of many Americans not least with mid-term Congressional elections looming less than 11 weeks away.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo told reporters at a state fair on Wednesday that Davis had gone "out of his way to say Cohen would be forthcoming on both federal and state investigations".

They also argued that Kavanaugh should also answer questions about executive power, including whether a president can be forced to comply with a subpoena.

"If there's evidence that the president should be impeached, let that emerge", said House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.

"The developments of today will permit us to have the stay lifted in the civil case & should also permit us to proceed with an expedited deposition of Trump under oath about what he knew, when he knew it, and what he did about it", Avenatti tweeted.

Those prosecutors scrambled to get a plea deal done to avoid appearances that news of it could influence the midterm elections.