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Trump’s former personal lawyer Michael Cohen pleads guilty

Published:Tuesday | August 21, 2018 | 4:18 PM
Michael Cohen, the former personal lawyer to President Donald Trump, leaves his apartment building, in New York, Tuesday, August 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

US President Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer and “fixer,” Michael Cohen, has pleaded guilty to charges including campaign finance fraud stemming from hush money payments to porn actress Stormy Daniels and ex-Playboy model Karen McDougal.

The 51-year-old Cohen said in federal court in New York on Tuesday that he made the payments in coordination with Trump, who wasn’t named, to influence the election.

Both women claimed Trump had affairs with them, which he denies.

The other charges Cohen pleaded guilty to involve bank fraud and income tax evasion.

As part of his plea agreement, Cohen agreed not to challenge any sentence from 46 to 63 months.

Cohen’s plea follows months of federal scrutiny and a falling out with the president, whom he previously said he’d “take a bullet” for.

The investigation into Cohen has pulled back the curtain on his role as the president’s loyal “fixer.”

Earlier this year he admitted arranging a $130,000 payment to quiet porn actress Stormy Daniels’ claims that she had an affair with Trump.

Cohen was Trump’s longtime personal lawyer until weeks ago.

He was seen going into his lawyers’ offices early Tuesday.

Prosecutors had been investigating Cohen for possible fraud related to his businesses for months. The FBI raided his hotel room, home, and office on April 9, seizing more than 4 million items.

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