If there was anything like a revelation in yesterday's events, it was that Cohen implicated Trump in his scheme, saying that his illegal payoff of Stormy Daniels was done in coordination with a "candidate" and members of a campaign. Buckle up, because within the same hour, Trump's former attorney and "fixer" Michael Cohen pleaded guilty to facilitating payments to women at the direction of the then-presidential candidate to help him in the election - a clear violation of campaign finance law since Trump has said repeatedly that he didn't know about it.
Ms Daniels claims she had sex with Mr Trump in 2006, just months after the birth of his child with Melania Trump. Cohen, and his lawyer Lanny Davis, are all but suggesting that Trump is an unindicted co-conspirator in a criminal act.
Cohen entered his plea in NY at almost the same moment that Trumps former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, was convicted by a jury in northern Virginia on eight counts of tax and bank fraud brought by Mueller.
On Tuesday, he pleaded guilty to eight criminal charges, including tax evasion, bank fraud and campaign finance violations. "Whether Mr Trump knew ahead of time will remain to be seen".
The President has insisted he paid Cohen out of personal funds and that the payments were not meant to benefit his campaign but to resolve a personal matter.
Trump spoke out a day after taking a remarkable one-two legal punch, courtesy of Cohen as well as his former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort.
Trump hasn't said much yet, but he did underscore to reporters Tuesday that "this has nothing to do with Russian collusion" and that the special counsel "witch hunt" is a "disgrace". But the Justice Department says the hush money payments arranged by Cohen to hide allegations of Trump's extramarital affairs were actually unreported campaign contributions meant to influence the outcome of the election.
In that inteview, as he did during several TV appearances, Davis encouraged donations to Cohen's new "Truth Fund", which has been set up on the GoFundMe website. Trump had claimed that he "didn't know anything" about the meeting before it was first reported.
"Mr. Cohen is not interested in being dirtied by a pardon from such a man", Davis told National Public Radio.
He went on to assert that Cohen's campaign rule violations were "not a crime", while pointing to a campaign reporting violation settled by Barack Obama for $375,000 after the 2008 election.
"My message to the president: you better not talk about pardons for Michael Cohen or Paul Manafort tonight, or anytime in the future", tweeted Sen.
Manafort, Trump wrote, had "tremendous pressure on him and, unlike Michael Cohen, he refused to 'break.'" Sanders said the matter of a pardon for Manafort had not been discussed.
Trump soon weighed in on Twitter, taking his shot at Cohen and praising Manafort, saying he has "such respect for a courageous man!"
US President Donald Trump pauses while speaking during a rally Tuesday, August 21, 2018, in Charleston, West Virginia.
In one instance, AMI conspired with Cohen to pay $150,000 to former Playboy Playmate Karen McDougal, the papers said.
For Trump to be charged, Attorney General Jeff Sessions would probably need to a waive a long-standing Justice Department policy against indicting a sitting president.
The Cohen admission also bolsters the Democrats' case for impeachment should the party win the House of Representatives in November elections. She called the suggestion that he lied a "ridiculous accusation" and referred further questions to Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani.
Russian Federation has denied United States intelligence community findings that it interfered with the 2016 election with the aim of boosting Trump and hampering his Democratic challenger Hillary Clinton.