In the worst case scenario, Trump aided his own campaign by ordering Cohen to pay hush money to paramours as his personal attorney, which would not be illegal.
According to the allegation, Trump tried to influence the election by using Cohen to keep Daniels and another woman quiet about their alleged affairs.
Mr Trump has denied the affairs and argues the payments to the two women were not campaign contributions. "He directed me to make the payments, he directed me to become involved in these matters". And here is the truth: People of the United States of America, people of the world, don't believe what he is saying. But U.S. District Judge William Pauley agreed with Southern District of NY prosecutors, saying Cohen needed to be held up as an example of what happens to those who break campaign finance laws, cheat taxes, and generally undermine democracy. A lawyer who represents a client is supposed to do the right thing.
Trump has denied having sexual relations with either of the women.
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"Reasonable people can disagree about whether it's wrong to pay hush money to somebody to stop them from disclosing alleged improprieties sexually".
Cohen admitted to charges brought by federal prosecutors in NY of tax evasion, providing false statements to a bank and illegal campaign contributions. Cohen attributed his offenses related to Trump to his "duty to cover up his dirty deeds".
"It was my own weakness and a blind loyalty to this man that led me to choose a path of darkness over light", Cohen told the judge, referring to Mr Trump.
Cohen also insisted that the president has been lying when it comes to associations with Russian Federation, and he suggested that his former boss is afraid of Cohen's testimony - that, he said, explains why the president keeps attacking him on Twitter. After earlier saying he knew nothing of the payments, Trump on Thursday said he never told Cohen to break the law.
Cohen attorney Lanny Davis said that after Mueller completes his investigation, Cohen would cooperate with congressional committees as they consider possible wrongdoing by Trump and his aides.
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"Cohen was guilty on many charges unrelated to me, but he plead to two campaign charges which were not criminal and of which he probably was not guilty even on a civil basis", Trump tweeted. Cohen said his role was limited to reviewing papers.
FILE - The cover of an issue of the National Enquirer is shown, featuring President Donald Trump, at a store in New York, July 12, 2017.
The Cohen criminal cases have intensified the legal pressure on Trump, whose presidency has been clouded by multiple investigations and lawsuits including a US special counsel probe into Russia's role in the 2016 election and whether the president's team conspired with Moscow to help him win.
CBS News has confirmed that the president was in the room when Cohen and National Enquirer publisher David Pecker discussed paying hush money in August 2015.
White House spokesman Hogan Gidley said today that reporters were "giving credence to a convicted criminal".
MediaPunch/MediaPunch/IPx Rudy Giuliani says people shouldn't trust Cohen's statements because Cohen is a liar.
Reiterating something he said in court Wednesday, Cohen said he feels unburdened by acknowledging what he did for Trump.
He added: "I will not be the villain of this story".
He continued: "There's a substantial amount of information that they possess that corroborates the fact that I am telling the truth".