Bron: ->> https://www.nu.nl/buitenland/5423129/no ... erder.htmlNog geen oordeel in zaak ex-campagneleider Trump, jury dinsdag verder
De jury in de rechtszaak tegen Paul Manafort is ook na de derde dag van beraadslagingen niet tot een oordeel gekomen.
De twaalf leden komen dinsdag weer bijeen om verder te praten over de schuld of onschuld van de voormalig campagnemanager van de Amerikaanse president Donald Trump.
Manafort wordt onder meer bank- en belastingfraude en het niet indienen van informatie over zijn buitenlandse bankrekeningen ten laste gelegd. Manafort ontkende schuld op alle achttien punten van de aanklacht.
De voormalig campagneleider van Trump moet het vonnis in de gevangenis afwachten. Speciaal aanklager Robert Mueller had daarom verzocht toen bleek dat Manafort getuigen probeerde te beïnvloeden.
Politiek en oorlog zijn onlosmakelijk met elkaar verbonden en alles over politiek en oorlog kun je hier terugvinden.
Bron: ->> https://www.nu.nl/buitenland/5424665/vo ... redirect=1'Voormalig advocaat Trump bereid schuld te bekennen'
Gepubliceerd: 21 augustus 2018 20:39
Michael Cohen, de voormalig advocaat van de Amerikaanse president Donald Trump, heeft justitie in New York laten weten bereid te zijn een schuldbekentenis af te leggen.
Dat meldt nieuwszender ABC News. Door mee te werken met de openbaar aanklagers kan Cohen in aanmerking komen voor strafvermindering. Er was een onderzoek naar hem ingesteld wegens onder meer bankfraude en belastingontduiking voor miljoenenbedragen.
Cohen kwam vooral in het nieuws door het betalen van 130.000 dollar aan porno-actrice Stormy Daniels, die beweert een seksuele affaire te hebben gehad met Trump. Dat 'zwijggeld' is mogelijk in strijd met de wetgeving over verkiezingscampagnes.
Bron: ->> https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-08- ... rosecutorsMichael Cohen Pleads Guilty To 8 Counts, Says Violated Campaign Law At "Direction Of Candidate"; Futures Tumble
President Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, pleaded guilty on Tuesday to campaign finance violations and other charges, saying he made payments to influence the 2016 election at the direction of a candidate for federal office, potentially delivering a legal blow to the president.
Cohen, 51, who agreed to a plea bargain with federal prosecutors earlier in the day, pleaded guilty to eight counts total, including five counts of tax evasion and one count of making a false statement to a financial institution. He also pleaded guilty to one count of making an excessive campaign contribution on Oct. 27, 2016, which is the same date Cohen finalized a payment to adult-film star Stormy Daniels as part of a nondisclosure agreement over an affair Daniels alleges she had with Trump.
The most damaging statement by Michael Cohen was made when, acknowledging the charges against him, Cohen said he was directed to violate campaign law at the direction of an unnamed candidate for federal office, whom he did not name.
At the same candidate’s direction, Cohen said he paid $130,000 in violation of campaign finance laws to "somebody" to keep them quiet, which was later repaid by the candidate. He said he arranged to make payments “for (the) principal purpose of influencing (the) election” at the direction of a candidate for federal office; Cohen did not give the candidate’s name, but those facts match Cohen’s payment to Clifford and Trump’s repayment.
Cohen also tells the federal court he evaded substantial taxes on his income, with Bloomberg noting that the sentencing guideline calls for 46 to 63 months in prison.
The prosecutor told the judge the purpose of the payments was to ensure that the individuals did not disclose "alleged affairs with the candidate." Besides the $130,000 payment, Cohen admitted to making an illegal contribution of $150,000, which was how much McDougal received from the National Enquirer’s publisher to quash her story.
As Bloomberg explicitly adds, "at no time was the candidate’s name mentioned." The prosecutor also said Cohen failed to report $4 million on taxes and lied about debts and banking details on loan applications.
His voice cracked as he answered questions from Judge William Pauley III. As Bloomberg notes, Cohen was shaking head and appeared to be holding back emotions as judge reviews possible sentence. Cohen faces a likely prison sentence of 46 to 63 months, the judge said.
Cohen’s deal does not include an agreement to cooperate with prosecutors in the Southern District of New York, where he was charged. However, it does not explicitly rule out the possibility of cooperating with special counsel Robert Mueller in the federal investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, The New York Times reported.
The judge has accepted Cohen's guilty pleas, and scheduled the sentencing for December 12, at which point the plea hearing was adjourned.
Cohen was released on $500,000 bond, cosigned by his wife and a second person. The judge set sentencing for Dec. 12.
As Cohen entered his guilty plea, former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort was found guilty on eight counts in a trial in Virginia. The judge in the case declared a mistrial on another 10 counts.
Futures dropped to session lows on the news...
... erasing all of the day's gains:
According to PredictIt, Trump's impeachment odds rose from 33% to 36%.
Update 5: The charges filed against Cohen have been disclosed, and according to Bloomberg they are as follows:
Charges 1-5: Evading personal income tax
Charge 6: False statement to financial institution
Charge 7: Causing unlawful corporate campaign contribution
Charge 8: Making an excessive campaign contribution in October 2016
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Update 4: Bloomberg confirms that Cohen is pleading guilty to 8 counts related to tax and bank fraud, and that Deputy Attorney Rod Rosenstein signed off on his plea deal, adding that "Investigators have looked into Cohen’s role in payments to silence two women who say they had affairs with Trump: Stephanie Clifford, an adult film actress better known as Stormy Daniels, and former Playboy model Karen McDougal."
Update 3: The NYT confirms that Michael Cohen's plea deal does not involve co-operation with the government, but will include jail time. The plea deal will include tax fraud and bank fraud.
According to Harry Sandick, a former federal prosecutor in Manhattan, there could be several reasons for Cohen to plead guilty without a cooperation deal, according. As Bloomberg notes, it’s possible that federal prosecutors don’t consider his information valuable or view him as a worthy witness. But that could change.
“It could mean that they don’t need him or don’t trust him, or just aren’t ready to cut the deal yet,” said Sandick, now a defense attorney at Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP. “Trump might be happy if there’s no cooperation today, but there could be cooperation in the future."
As Bloomberg also adds, the charges against Cohen could expose Trump to new risks. Few deputies at his namesake company were as involved in its various dealings as Cohen. With an office on the 26th floor in Trump Tower that was just a few feet away from his boss’s, Cohen styled himself as a loyal attack dog - upbraiding reporters in efforts to kill unflattering news articles and arranging deals to stifle accusations by women who alleged extramarital affairs.
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Update 2: Michael Cohen will appear in a Manhattan federal courtroom at 4 p.m. Tuesday, a spokesman for the federal prosecutor in Manhattan told Bloomberg; The statement came shortly after ABC News reported that Cohen had reached a tentative agreement to plead guilty. Cohen is expected to appear in front of Judge William Pauley III.
CNN adds that Cohen has now surrendered to the FBI.
It’s unclear whether any plea deal by the president’s former personal lawyer includes an agreement to cooperate with federal officials, although CNN earlier said that Cohen is not expected to cooperate with the government. Any such deal, now or later, would be a potentially perilous development for Trump that could offer investigators a detailed view into the president’s business and campaign dealings.
The investigation has looked into Cohen’s role in payments to silence two women who say they had affairs with Trump. Stephanie Clifford, an adult film actress better known as Stormy Daniels, and former Playboy model Karen McDougal both sued to void their agreements to stay silent on their allegations.
Clifford’s lawyer, Michael Avenatti, said Tuesday’s news should help her case. She’s also sued Trump for defamation after he said she had lied.
Update: Michael Cohen has entered into a plea agreement on campaign finance violations, bank fraud and tax evasion with federal prosecutors in the Southern District of New York, according to ABC, confirming earlier reports.
However, contrary to the NBC suggestion that Cohen would "flip" on Trump as part of the plea, CNN reported that as part of the plea deal under discussion, Cohen is not expected to cooperate with the government. Instead, by pleading guilty, both Cohen and prosecutors would avoid the spectacle and uncertainty of a trial.
Prosecutors said in court their investigation is into Cohen's personal financial dealings. The search warrant authorizing the FBI raid referenced Cohen's taxi medallion business, the identity of banks that loaned him money and payments made to suppress negative information during the presidential campaign, such as the $130,000 hush money payment Cohen made days before the election to porn star Stormy Daniels, who alleges she had an affair with Trump nearly a decade ago. Trump has denied an affair.
It's not clear how any plea deal with Cohen might affect other entities that have been under scrutiny by federal prosecutors as part of the Cohen investigation, including the publisher of the National Enquirer, American Media Inc., which gave a $150,000 contract during the 2016 election cycle to another woman who alleged an affair with Trump.
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Michael Cohen, Trump's former personal attorney who we learned on Sunday is under federal investigation for bank fraud totaling "well over $20 million", is discussing a possible guilty plea with Manhattan federal prosecutors in connection with tax fraud and banking related matters, according to NBC. While no deal has been reached, NBC's sources say the potential deal could be reached as early as today.
A plea by Cohen would have significant implications for Trump, who has worked closely with Cohen for more than a decade and who has blasted Cohen ever since his former fixer and his attorney, old Clinton hand Lanny Davis, began signaling this summer that Cohen might cooperate with special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation.
The Cohen probe is being led by the office of the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York in Manhattan, but any cooperation agreement would likely extend to other federal investigations. As a reminder, in July Cohen, who once bragged he'd take a bullet for Trump, hinted that may have changed. "I put family and country first," he told ABC.
In addition to bank and tax fraud questions arising from Cohen's taxi business, federal prosecutors are looking into whether the hush-money payments Cohen arranged with women who claimed they had sexual encounters with Trump amount to violations of campaign finance law.
FBI agents raided Cohen’s office and hotel room in April and seized documents and electronics. According to people with knowledge of the search warrant, agents were looking for information related to a $130,000 transaction between Cohen and adult film star Stormy Daniels, who allegedly had an affair with Trump more than a decade ago, as well as information about a reported payment of $150,000 to former Playboy model Karen McDougal, who also says she had an affair with Trump, and information about the “Access Hollywood” tape in which Trump was heard making vulgar boasts about women.
The FBI has also monitored his phone calls with a pen register, meaning that the incoming and outgoing phone numbers were recorded but not the content of the calls.
In July, Davis released a phone conversation that Cohen secretly recorded in which Trump mentions “cash” in relation to a possible payment involving McDougal.
In recent weeks, Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani has led the push to discredit Cohen. In a July interview with CNN, Giuliani called Cohen "a person who is found to be an incredible liar, who's got a tremendous motive to lie now."
The president and his attorneys have denied that Cohen's cooperation could incriminate the president.
"[Cohen] is not cooperating, nor do we care because the president did nothing wrong," Giuliani said on Fox News in June.
Bron: ->> https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2018/0 ... us-trumps/Lanny Davis Admits Cohen Has No Evidence Trump Directed Him to Pay Stormy ‘It May Come Down to Cohen’s Word Versus Trump’s’
Michael Cohen’s Clinton-linked attorney Lanny Davis dropped a few bombshells on his Wednesday appearances on MSNBC and Bloomberg.
Lanny Davis told NBC’s Chuck Todd that Michael Cohen has no additional evidence that Trump directed him to pay Stormy Daniels.
“That may come down to Mr. Cohen’s word versus Mr. Trump’s,” Lanny Davis said.
Well isn’t that convenient…
“That may come down to Mr. Cohen’s word versus Mr. Trump’s.”@LannyDavis admitting to @chucktodd on @MSNBC just now that there is no additional evidence he knows about that would corroborate @MichaelCohen212‘s claim to the judge that @realDonaldTrump directed him to do anything.
— Joel B. Pollak (@joelpollak) August 22, 2018
Via Breitbart News Editor Joel Pollak:
HUGE admission by @LannyDavis on @MSNBC just now.
He has no idea if there is additional evidence to corroborate fraudster Michael Cohen’s claims about Trump.
Presumably any other physical/documentary evidence would have come from the FBI raid on Cohen. Davis would know.
— Joel B. Pollak (@joelpollak) August 22, 2018
Lanny Davis also said that Michael Cohen has never been to Prague as claimed in the phony Christopher Steele dossier in a separate interview with Bloomberg.
Christopher Steele alleged in his phony dossier that Michael Cohen traveled to Prague in the summer of 2016 to meet with Russians.
“Thirteen references to Mr. Cohen are false in the dossier, but he has never been to Prague in his life,” Lanny Davis said.
Lanny Davis just went against his Queen Hillary’s dossier that the FBI held as the gold standard when seeking FISA warrants on Trump advisor Carter Page.
.@Chucktodd asks Lanny Davis if his client Michael Cohen was in Prague in 2016, as claimed in the Steele dossier.@LannyDavis responds: “Never, never in Prague…never, never in Prague, ever, ever.”
— Meet the Press (@MeetThePress) August 22, 2018
Michael Cohen has repeatedly said he has never traveled to Prague in his life.
McClatchy recycled another hit piece on Cohen recently once again claiming Trump’s former attorney traveled to Prague during the 2016 election to collude with the Russians.
McClatchy ran a headline: ‘Sources: Mueller has evidence Cohen was in Prague in 2016 confirming part of dossier‘ which caused the fake news media to erupt.
It turned out to be another Michael Cohen who was born in the same birth year as Trump’s former attorney.
So Michael Cohen has no evidence to back up his claims of a non-crime and the dossier continues to fall apart–it’s time for Trump to declassify all the ‘Russia’ docs and run a shock and awe campaign against the Deep State and Dems.
Bron: ->> http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2018/08 ... rdict.htmlCould Paul Manafort begin cooperating with Mueller's team? A look at his options after guilty verdict
Even if a federal jury had not found Paul Manafort guilty of multiple counts of bank and tax fraud, he still would have been heading back to prison after the trial.
Manafort was found guilty of eight out of 18 counts related to bank and tax fraud on August 21 – almost exactly two years after he resigned from the Trump presidential campaign in a shroud of controversy. And the former Trump campaign chairman is slated to appear in a different courtroom in September to face additional charges that include conspiring against the U.S.
Manafort is the first campaign associate of Trump’s to have been found guilty by a jury as part of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation.
After the Aug. 21 guilty decision, Kevin Downing, Manafort’s attorney, said his client is “evaluating all of his options at this point.” Manafort faces a maximum of 80 years in jail; a sentencing date has not yet been set.
Read on for a look at what attorneys have to decide in the coming weeks and what could be next for Manafort.
This courtroom sketch shows Paul Manafort, center, and members of his defense team including Kevin Downing, standing left, as they listen to verdicts in federal court in Manafort's the bank fraud and tax evasion trial in the courtroom of U.S. District court Judge T.S. Ellis III in Alexandria, Virginia. (Dana Verkouteren via AP)
It’s entirely likely Manafort, at 69 years old, could spend the rest of his life in federal prison, especially if he’s found guilty in an upcoming trial in Washington, D.C.
It’s plausible Manafort could seek a reduction of prison time if he agrees to cooperate with Mueller’s team – and if he has any information that can be corroborated by investigators.
“I see Mueller continuing to squeeze [Manafort] if he sees value,” Ron Hosko, a former assistant director to the FBI, told Fox News.
Manafort’s team could also appeal the decision, but Carl Tobias, a law professor at the University of Richmond, said he didn’t think that would be “fruitful” for him.
“It would be difficult to overturn since [the case] is so fact-specific,” Tobias told Fox News. “And I think the judge was pretty receptive to Manafort as opposed to the government so I don’t think the 4th Circuit is going to give Manafort much comfort if he does appeal.”
The guilty verdicts certainly give a needed boost to Mueller’s team and its credibility, especially as Manafort is the first former Trump campaign associate to be found guilty by a jury in this investigation. Other Trump associates, such as Rick Gates and Michael Flynn, have accepted plea deals.
“I don’t think you can characterize this as anything other than substantiating what Mueller has done so far,” Tobias said. “This gives him more flexibility to finish up his investigation and move forward.”
“There’s much that’s under the surface of the Mueller iceberg.”
- Ron Hosko, a former assistant director to the FBI
Mueller’s team could move to retry the 10 charges the jury could not decide on, but Tobias considered that to be unlikely given its success with the other eight charges.
Hosko said he didn’t expect Mueller’s team spent too much time celebrating the guilty verdicts, but instead forged ahead with its investigation.
“There’s much that’s under the surface of the Mueller iceberg,” Hosko said, adding that the verdict could be a “pivot point” for the team, from finding evidence of collusion with Russia to other wrongdoings.
“Look what he’s walked into: Michael Flynn, George Papadopoulos, Rick Gates, Manafort, [Michael] Cohen. These are all people the president has surrounded himself with, and that alone is very troubling,” he added. “Maybe [Mueller] doesn’t find collusion, but criminality.
The Trump card
It is possible Trump could pardon Manafort, although he hasn’t signaled whether he would do so yet.
Trump has continuously expressed his dismay over the verdict. On Twitter, he said he feels “very badly” for his former campaign chairman and his “wonderful family.”
“’Justice’” took a 12-year-old tax case, among other things, applied tremendous pressure on him, and, unlike Michael Cohen, he refused to ‘break’ – make up stories in order to get a ‘deal.’ Such respect for a brave man,” Trump said.
John Dowd, formerly one of Trump’s lawyers in the Russia investigation, reportedly discussed a potential pardon of Manafort last year.
Another trial in his future
Manafort has a second trial coming up in mid-September. That trial, set in D.C., involves allegations he acted as an unregistered foreign agent for Ukrainian interests and made false statements to the U.S. government.
He is also accused of witness tampering in that case. Manafort had been out on $10 million bail, but it was revoked in June. His lawyers have said he’s being held in solitary confinement.
Prosecutors in the second trial have said they have more than double the evidence for that case than they disclosed in the Virginia one.
Ellis the "wild card"
The “wild card” in this case, Hosko said, is U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III. Throughout the trial, Ellis often derided the prosecution – even at one point suggesting an attorney was so discouraged he was crying.
“You don’t really care about Mr. Manafort,” Ellis charged during the preliminary hearing. “You really care about what information Mr. Manafort can give you to lead you to Mr. Trump and an impeachment, or whatever.”
Hosko said it’s possible Ellis could ignore sentencing guidelines and give Manafort less prison time.
Hosko warned, though, that should Ellis ignore the guidelines, it could undercut any motivation Manafort might have to cooperate with Mueller’s team.
Fox News’ Peter Doocy and Alex Pappas contributed to this report.
Kaitlyn Schallhorn is a Reporter for Fox News. Follow her on Twitter: @K_Schallhorn.
Bron: ->> https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/so ... spartandhpSouth Africa reacts angrily to Trump tweet about land seizures
Jason Burke in Johannesburg and Kate Lyons 2 hrs ago
© Getty Images Donald Trump quoted Tucker Carlson from Fox News in a tweet about South Africa ‘seizing land from white farmers’.
South Africa has reacted angrily to Donald Trump’s order to his secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, to “closely study the South Africa land and farm seizures” and the “large scale killing of farmers”.
“South Africa totally rejects this narrow perception which only seeks to divide our nation and reminds us of our colonial past,” the government said in a tweet on Thursday.
Trump had posted a quote from Fox News on Twitter overnight alleging the South African government was seizing land from white farmers.
The president’s tweet and his direction to his secretary of state seem to have been prompted by a segment on Fox News on Wednesday night in which host Tucker Carlson discussed the seizures. Trump tagged Carlson in his tweet.
“The presidency has noted Trump’s tweet, which is misinformed in our view,” said Khusela Diko, a spokesperson for the South African president, Cyril Ramaphosa. “We will take up the matter through diplomatic channels.”
Land ownership is a deeply divisive issue in South Africa: 72% is in the hands of white farmers, according to the Land Audit Report, despite white people making up just 8% of the country’s population.
All major political parties have agreed there is a need for extensive land reform. On 1 August Ramaphosa announced that the ruling African National Congress (ANC) would forge ahead with plans to change the constitution to allow the expropriation of land without compensation, a motion passed by parliament in February.
Ramaphosa, a pro-business moderate, has sought to reconcile demands for radical land reform from the left of the ANC and the populist Economic Freedom Fighters party with the need to attract foreign investment to boost a flagging economy.
Almost 25 years after the end of apartheid, the land issue has become a focus of economic and social grievances in what has remained one of the most unequal countries in the world.
In parliament on Wednesday, Ramaphosa said the question of land was not going to go away and an answer was required to heal the historical “festering wound” of dispossession.
“We must transform land or property ownership in our country. That goes without saying. It must be underpinned by development ... We must do it in a way that shall enhance stability in our country,” he told legislators.
Trump is the latest in a string of leaders to have taken up the cause of white South African farmers this year.
In March, Peter Dutton, then home affairs minister for Australia, who this week challenged Malcolm Turnbull to become prime minister, announced that white farmers from South Africa “deserve special attention” and that his department was examining a range of methods to fast-track visas for them.
The South African government said it was offended by Dutton’s statements and demanded a retraction.
Trump repeated the rhetoric of South African farmers being particularly vulnerable to violence. The issue is controversial and statistics are contested. However, according to research by one of South Africa’s biggest farmers’ organisations, such murders are at a 20-year-low.
In 2017-18, 47 farmers were killed, according to statistics compiled by AgriSA, an association of hundreds of agricultural groups across South Africa. Violence against farmers peaked in 1998 when 153 died. Between 80 and 100 were murdered each year from 2003 to 2011, and around 60 until 2016.
Despite the decline in the number of fatalities there has been a rise in the number of attacks on farms, from 478 in 2016-17 to 561 a year later.
The figures have been challenged by other organisations representing farmers in South Africa such as Afriforum, a lobby group that campaigns for the interests of South Africa’s white Afrikaans-speaking minority. AgriSA said its research was “reliable”.
Senior officials from Afriforum travelled to the US in May where they met Carson, the Fox news host quoted by Trump in his tweet.
Hoezo: "men doet niet aan framen in de media"???
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