Two of President Trump's Associates Guilty in Court on Tuesday

By M. Russo — Published August 22, 2018

Two of President Trump's Associates Guilty in Court on Tuesday

Two of President Donald Trump's associates went down yesterday in what is being called the darkest day for the Trump presidency thus far. Within an hour of each other, the news broke that Paul Manafort was found guilty of eight financial crimes and Michael Cohen agreed to a guilty plea deal on eight charges.

Paul Manafort spent five months leading the Trump presidential campaign in 2016. In this first trial of Special Counsel Robert Mueller' probe, Manafort was found guilty of eight counts, and the judge declared a mistrial on ten other charges. The guilty verdicts are for tax fraud charges, bank fraud, and failing to report foreign bank and financial accounts. He now faces up to 80 years in prison. Trump responded to the conviction by saying, "I must tell you that Paul Manafort's a good man."

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Michael Cohen, who is known as Trump's longtime personal attorney and "fixer," pled guilty to one count of making a false statement, two counts related to illegal campaign contributions, and five counts of tax evasion. Cohen also acknowledged that he made hush payments to two women "in coordination and at the direction of a candidate for federal office." In the past, Trump has denied knowing about such payments to porn star Stormy Daniels and ex-Playboy model Karen McDougal, who both allege to having prior affairs with the president.

The Trump administration has faced other criminal scandals in addition to yesterday's findings. Campaign adviser George Papadopoulos, deputy campaign manager Rick Gates, and national security adviser Michael Flynn all plead guilty to felonies. Meanwhile, Trump's political ally Representative Chris Collins has been indicted for insider trading.

Tuesday's convictions are seen as a win for Mueller, who took over the FBI's investigation into Russian meddling with elections in May 2017. Mueller has been directing focus lately at Trump's inner circle of associates. Trump's has been increasing his Twitter attacks against the Mueller probe this week, which he likens to a "witch hunt." Though the probe is far from over, it appears that with the results from court yesterday, a conclusion is one step closer to being reached.

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