Christie - who ran for president unsuccessfully in 2016, endorsed Trump and later briefly served as the head of the Trump transition team - said that the new filing sounds "very definitive", and that the US attorney investigating Cohen's campaign finance crimes must have solid corroboration, given Cohen's lack of credibility.
Prosecutors directly implicated Trump in efforts to buy the silence of two women who claimed they had affairs with him, saying he directed his then-attorney Michael Cohen to offer them hush money. In the memo, prosecutors assert that these lies were told with the express goal of heading off the investigation into Russian election meddling: "The defendant admitted he told these lies-which he made publicly and in submissions to Congress-in order to (1) minimize links between the Moscow Project and Individual 1 and (2) give the false impression that the Moscow Project had ended before the Iowa caucus and the first presidential primaries, in hopes of limiting the ongoing Russia investigations being conducted by Congress and the SCO".
Mr. Cohen pleaded guilty in August to multiple federal crimes, including making false statements, bank fraud, and campaign finance violations for arranging the payments to adult film actress Stormy Daniels and Playboy model Karen McDougal.
Host Margaret Brennan asked Schiff if a defense by Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani - that former North Carolina Democratic Sen.
"The pieces of the mosaic or the puzzle are coming into place, and the walls are closing in on Donald Trump, and his inner circle, including his family", Blumenthal said.
Although Mr Trump hasn't been charged with anything, the question of whether a president even can be prosecuted while in office is a matter of legal dispute. "All the arguments they make against Michael Cohen.that argument was equally made with respect to Individual-1, the President of the United States".
"What is clear also is that the Republican Congress absolutely tried to shield the president", Nadler said.
Schiff said there is talk that Trump has "dangled" pardons in front of political allies who may face jail time, but said there is a "bigger pardon question" afoot. But the Department of Justice's view is that sitting presidents can not be indicted because it would undermine the executive branch's ability to perform its constitutionally assigned role.
"My takeaway is there's a very real prospect that on the day donald trump leaves office the Justice Department may indict him", said Schiff. "President Trump could argue that because there was no spending limit on his contributions, he did not think about the campaign-finance implications, much less willfully violate them".
Cohen 'coordinated his actions with one or more members of the campaign, ' according to the memo, 'including through meetings and phone calls, about the fact, nature, and timing of the payments'.
Trump himself did not seem troubled by the revelations. This means that, even aside from criminal jeopardy, Trump's political fortunes may also turn on the decisions of federal prosecutors. "Pardons should be used judiciously". Murphy spoke on ABC, and King was on NBC's "Meet the Press".
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