Takeaways from the Paul Manafort guilty verdicts

Mr Cohen may obtain leniency in exchange for his cooperation with the Mueller's investigation

Legal analysts say that case will be much more focused on the Trump campaign's potential coordination with Russian Federation, since it will address Manafort's pro-Russia consulting work in the Ukraine, what the Trump campaign knew about it, and what was behind a pro-Russia change in the GOP platform that coincided with Manafort's tenure at the head of Trump's campaign.

Trump was not mentioned by name in United States District Court in Manhattan on Tuesday but Cohen told a judge the payments to the two women were "at the direction of the candidate, ' and 'for the principal goal of influencing the election" for president in 2016.

FBI Assistant Director-in-Charge William Sweeney said this investigation uncovered crimes of fraud, deception and evasion, conducted through a string of financial transactions that were "carefully constructed and concealed to protect a variety of interests". Current Justice Department guidelines state that a sitting president can not be indicted, and that any wrongdoing should be referred to Congress for impeachment proceedings.

Those opinions have never been tested in court, and doing so would require a prosecutor to buck the department's guidance and attempt to bring charges anyway.

The verdict was part of a stunning one-two punch of bad news for the White House, coming as the president's former lawyer, Michael Cohen, was pleading guilty in NY to campaign finance charges arising from hush money payments made to two women who say they had sexual relationships with Trump.

Five have negotiated guilty pleas on reduced charges, including Trump's former national security advisor Michael Flynn; former deputy campaign chair and Manafort aide Richard Gates; and former foreign policy advisor George Papadopoulos.

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Both, prosecutors charged, had been "coordinated" with Trump's campaign, and both violated federal campaign finance laws. Duncan said that although she was personally a big supporter of President Donald Trump, she thought that the evidence against Manafort, Trump's former campaign manager, was overwhelming. While the legal ramifications will take more time to unfold, the political damage is already being felt, with Democrats seizing on the rulings.

Witnesses had testified that they found several problems with the information Manafort provided to obtain the two loans totaling $16 million. "Mr. Trump's lawyers said he directed Michael Cohen to make that payment".

He said it was the first time the nation had faced a similar situation since Watergate, and he predicted it would launch "the call for impeachment proceedings".

Manafort could cooperate with special counsel Robert Mueller. They were unrelated to the core of Mueller's investigation into whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russian Federation to subvert the 2016 US presidential election in Trump's favor.

Randall Eliason, a former federal prosecutor who handled corruption cases, said the government's allegations against Cohen "certainly implicate other people, potentially in a conspiracy to commit the campaign violations".

Manafort was indicted on 18 felony counts.

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The filing states that in June 2016, a model and actress referred to as "Woman-1" started trying to sell the story of an "alleged extramarital affair" that she claimed to have had with the candidate in 2006 and 2007. He said it would be really hard to confirm a successor "if he is fired because he is executing his job rather that choosing to act as a partisan hack".

Speaking about payments made to porn actress Stormy Daniels and others, supposedly to keep them quiet about alleged affairs with the president, Cohen told a U.S. judge: "I participated in this conduct, which on my part took place in Manhattan, for the principal goal of influencing the election".

Trump has denied the affairs but his lawyer Rudy Giuliani said he knew about the $130,000 payment to Daniels.

Donald Trump suffered through perhaps the worst day of his presidency on Tuesday as his personal lawyer implicated him in a crime at nearly the same moment his former campaign chairman became a convicted felon. However, federal prosecutors say he will likely be sentenced to only eight to 10 years - in addition to whatever sentence could result from any convictions in the September trial.

Trump has repeatedly claimed he is the victim of a "witch hunt.' He touted Manafort as a 'brave man" while accusing Cohen of making up stories to get a deal. Prosecutors could decide to seek to try Paul Manafort on the charges that ended in mistrial.

And 37 percent disapprove of the special counsel's work.

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