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Michael Cohen court documents outline his plea deal

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Michael
Cohen exits federal court after reaching a plea deal with
prosecutors on August 21, 2018 in New York
City.

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  • President Donald Trump’s former longtime lawyer and
    fixer, Michael Cohen, reached a deal with prosecutors to plead
    guilty to eight federal crimes in a surreal court hearing
    Tuesday.
  • As part of his plea deal, Cohen pleaded guilty to five
    counts of tax evasion for failing to report more than $4
    million between 2012 and 2016. 
  • One count of giving a false statement to a financial
    institution between February 2015 and April 2016 
  • One count of willful cause of an unlawful corporate
    contribution relating to hush money payments between June 2016
    and October 2016.
  • One count of excessive campaign contribution
    to October 27, 2016 — the day a $130,000 payment to
    adult-film star Stormy Daniels was finalized.
  • Cohen stated
    during his plea entry
    that he made the illegal
    contributions “at the direction of the candidate” and with the
    “purpose of influencing the election.” Though he was not
    directly named,
    that candidate is widely believed to be
    Trump
  • After landing in West Virginia for a campaign rally
    Tuesday night, Trump initially dodged shouted questions from
    reporters about Cohen’s plea deal.
  • But Trump’s current lawyer Rudy Giuliani said: “There
    is no allegation of any wrongdoing against the President in the
    government’s charges against Mr. Cohen.”
  • Cohen’s attorney, Lanny Davis, suggested his client’s
    plea deal has
    everything to do with Trump
    . “Today he stood up and
    testified under oath that Donald Trump directed him to commit a
    crime by making payments to two women for the principal purpose
    of influencing an election,” Davis said.

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