The Hill reports:
Michael Cohen, who worked for years as President Trump’s personal attorney, pleaded guilty on Tuesday to charges of bank fraud, tax fraud and campaign finance law violations, delivering a potentially significant legal blow to the president.
Cohen pleaded guilty to eight counts total, including five counts of tax evasion and one count of making a false statement to a financial institution, according to multiple reports.
He also pleaded guilty to one count of making an excessive campaign contribution on Oct. 27, 2016, which is the same date Cohen finalized a payment to adult-film star Stormy Daniels as part of a non-disclosure agreement over an alleged affair with Trump.
CNN: Cohen implicates Trump
MNBC: Cohen implicates Trump
Fox News: Is a giraffe a type of tall horse?
— Kumail Nanjiani (@kumailn) August 21, 2018
— Josh Marshall (@joshtpm) August 21, 2018
This means the impact of whether Cohen is “cooperating” isn’t as big a deal as media made it out this morning. The Cohen plea itself is damning to Trump–it directly implicates Trump. Anyone who thought impeachment could not be on the table should be rethinking their position. https://t.co/iC2XTV9h1e
— Neal Katyal (@neal_katyal) August 21, 2018
NEWS: Cohen just described, in court, how he violated campaign finance laws by arranging payment for Stormy Daniels and Karen McDougal. He said he violated federal law "in coordination with and at the direction of a federal candidate for office" Meaning Trump.
— Yashar Ali 🐘 (@yashar) August 21, 2018
fox news talked to giuliani about michael cohen pleading guilty: "i don't think it could be better for the president's side" and "I don't see how this could affect us" pic.twitter.com/mWjlrhwNN9
— John Whitehouse (@existentialfish) August 21, 2018
— Reuters Top News (@Reuters) August 21, 2018
Michael Cohen is expected to plead guilty to charges relating to bank fraud, tax fraud and a campaign finance violation, according to the New York Times. Who is the president's former personal attorney and fixer? pic.twitter.com/x4sMRSwbMe
— NowThis (@nowthisnews) August 21, 2018