The man who said he would take a bullet for his former boss has turned against President Donald Trump.
Not only did ex-Trump lawyer Michael Cohen plead guilty to campaign finance violations.
Under oath, he implicated the president as co-conspirator of a federal crime.
Cohen stated in court — that he arranged to make hush payments “for the principal purpose of influencing” the 2016 presidential election “in coordination with” and “at the direction of a candidate for federal office” – meaning Donald Trump.
U.S. deputy attorney Robert Khuzami spoke to the press after the plea bargain hearing on Tuesday.
As a result of the hush money paid out — adult film actress Stormy Daniels and former Playboy model Karen McDougal, who both claim had affairs with the president, neither spoke to the press prior to the election.
In a plea bargain, Cohen, one of Trump’s closest associates for more than a decade, pleaded guilty to five counts of tax fraud, one count of making false statements to a bank, one count of unlawful corporate campaign donation, and one count of making an excessive campaign donation.
“We are a nation of laws –these are very serious charges and reflect a pattern of lies and dishonesty over an extended period of time. They are significant in their own rights,” saidKhuzami. “Mr. Cohen disregarded that training, disregarded that tradition, and decided that he was above the law. And for that he is going to pay a very, very serious price.”
Meanwhile, in Virginia, a jury found another Trump associate and former campaign chairman Paul Manafort guilty on 8 counts out of the 18 total charges he faced in a bank and tax fraud trial.
The 12-member jury convicted Manafort on two counts of bank fraud, five counts of tax fraud and one charge of failing to disclose foreign bank accounts.
“Mr. Manafort is disappointed of not getting acquittals all the way through,” said Atty. Kevin Downing. “However, he would like to thank judge Ellis for granting him a fair trial.
President Trump reacted to the Manafort verdict.
“Paul Manafort is a good man. He was with Ronald Reagan. He was with a lot of different people over the years and I feel very sad about that. This has nothing to do with Russian collusion. This started as Russian collusion. This has absolutely nothing to do. This is a witch hunt; that it’s a disgrace.”
Manafort may face up to 80 years in prison, while Cohen may face a sentence of up to five years.
Sentencing for Cohen is scheduled on Dec. 12, and bail was set at half a million dollars.