Trump’s Ex-Lawyer Michael Cohen Agrees To Plea Deal – Reports

In this file photo taken on July 27, 2018, Michael Cohen, former personal attorney for US President Donald Trump, exits the Loews Regency hotel and walks toward a taxi cab in New York City. Michael Cohen, Donald Trump's former personal lawyer, was reported August 21, 2018 to be finalizing a plea agreement with federal prosecutors investigating his business dealings and possible campaign finance violations.ABC News said Cohen, 51, had tentatively reached an agreement to plead guilty while CBS News and NBC News said negotiations could be resolved as early as Tuesday. Drew Angerer / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP

This file photo taken on April 26, 2018, shows US President Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer Michael Cohen (C) leaving the US Courthouse in New York.  Photo: HECTOR RETAMAL / AFP

Michael Cohen, Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer, has agreed to plead guilty to charges stemming from a federal investigation of his business dealings and possible campaign finance violations, several US media reported Tuesday.

There was no initial confirmation of the plea deal reported by several media including NBC News and The New York Times, or of the specific charges involved, but Cohen was set to appear in Manhattan criminal court at 4 pm (2000 GMT).

US media had reported earlier on Tuesday that Cohen was finalising a plea agreement with federal prosecutors investigating his business dealings and possible campaign finance violations.

A guilty plea would avoid a high profile trial, but also could require Cohen to cooperate with investigators probing whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russia in its efforts to sway the 2016 US presidential elections.

Neither prosecutors in Manhattan nor Cohen’s attorney would comment on the matter.

Guilty pleas are common in the United States when it appears prosecutors have sufficient evidence for a conviction if the case goes to trial.

The FBI raided Cohen’s home and office on a referral from Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who is looking into whether Trump sought to obstruct the Russia meddling probe.

Cohen – who once declared he was so loyal he would “take a bullet for the president” – was involved in efforts to hush allegations from a former Playboy model about an affair with Trump.

He also paid $130,000 to porn star Stormy Daniels to silence her own claims of an alleged one-night stand with Trump in 2006, just before the election.

Talk of a plea deal comes days after The New York Times reported that Cohen is also under investigation for potential tax and bank fraud, possibly exceeding $20 million via loans obtained by the taxi medallion business he owns with his family.

AFP

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