This Week: Trump Allies Found Guilty Of Federal Crimes
It was a banner week for the Trump presidency, with his former personal attorney Michael Cohen pleading guilty on eight counts of financial crimes and a jury convicting his former campaign chairman Paul Manafort on eight of his own. The Manafort conviction in Alexandria, Virginia marks the first Trump-Russia trial under Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s belt. After three-and-a-half days of deliberation, the jury found Manafort guilty on multiple counts of tax and bank fraud. One juror, who later said she was a Trump supporter who saw the Mueller probe as a “witch hunt,” said there was only one dissenting voice saving Manafort from 10 additional counts of conspiracy related to his bank loans. The Cohen probe by the Manhattan U.S. Attorney’s office came out of a referral from Mueller’s team. He pleaded guilty to six counts related to tax and bank fraud, and two campaign finance violations. In a dramatic courtroom moment, he said he paid off women “at the…
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