Trump's Former Aides Admitted, Convicted of Crimes
President Donald Trump's former lawyer has told a court in New York that he is guilty of campaign-finance violations and other charges. Michael Cohen said he was guilty of eight crimes in all, including not paying taxes and making a false statement to a financial institution.
In entering the plea, Cohen said he worked with an unnamed candidate to illegally buy the silence of two women. The payment dates and amounts are the same as those claimed by Stormy Daniels and Karen McDougal who say they had sexual relationships with Trump.
Cohen was the president's personal lawyer during the 2016 election. He also represented the Trump Organization for many years.
Also Tuesday, a court in Virginia found Trump's 2016 election campaign chairman Paul Manafort, guilty of eight financial crimes.
That finding represents the first trial victory of the special counsel investigation into the president's assistants. Paul Manafort joined the Trump campaign for president in March 2016. He served as chairman of the campaign from June to August 2016.
Former lawyer admitted guilt
Under an agreement with federal prosecutors in New York, Cohen did not name the two women or the candidate. He told the court that he worked with a "candidate for federal office" to pay two women to keep their stories of alleged affairs from becoming public during the 2016 election.
The amounts of money and the dates suggest the payments were made to porn actress Stormy Daniels and Playboy model Karen McDougal. The two women said after the election that they had affairs with Trump, which he has denied. Cohen also admitted guilt to avoiding paying taxes and lying to banks.
Investigators from the U.S. Special Counsel's office came across some of the evidence against Cohen while looking into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. The office alerted federal prosecutors in New York. Agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation then seized records from Cohen's hotel room, home and office.
Cohen had been a trusted member of the Trump Organization. But Cohen's legal team recently released an audio recording Cohen made of Trump reportedly discussing one of the payments.
Former campaign chief guilty of financial crimes
Paul Manafort was found guilty of creating false tax documents about tens of millions of dollars he earned from work in Ukraine. He was also convicted of fraud for lying to banks to get millions of dollars in loans. Prosecutors said, overall, Manafort avoided paying more than $16 million in taxes over several years.
Manafort faces another trial later this year on charges of other financial crimes and conspiracy against the U.S. He is accused of lying and acting as an unregistered foreign agent for Ukrainian interests. He is also accused of witness interference in that case.
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美国总统特朗普的前律师向纽约一家法院表示，他对违反竞选财务法以及其它指控供认不讳。迈克尔·科恩（Michael Cohen）表示，他总共犯下8项罪行，其中包括逃税以及向金融机构作虚假陈述 。
科恩在认罪陈述中表示，他与一位匿名的候选人合伙非法向两名女性支付“封口费”。这笔钱的日期和金额与斯托米·丹尼尔斯（Stormy Daniels）和凯伦·麦克道格（Karen McDougal）所述吻合，她们声称与特朗普发生过性关系 。
这项判决意味着特别检察官对特朗普助手调查的首次胜诉。2016年3月，马纳福特加入了特朗普竞选总统的阵营 。2016年6月至8月，他担任竞选团队主席一职 。
从金额和日期来看，这笔封口费是付给色情女星丹尼尔斯以及花花公子模特麦克道格的。大选结束后，两位女性均表示与特朗普有染，不过特朗普予以否认 。科恩还承认逃税和欺诈银行的罪名 。
在调查俄罗斯干预美国2016年大选期间，美国特别检察官办公室的调查人员意外发现了一些科恩的罪证。该办公室通知了纽约联邦检察官 。美国联邦调查局特工随即在科恩的酒店房间、家中及办公室搜集了证据 。
马纳福特因伪造在乌克兰工作获得数千万美元的税务文件而被判有罪。他还因欺诈银行谋取数百万美元贷款被判欺诈罪 。检察官表示，总体来说，马纳福特在过去几年的逃税金额超过1600万美元 。
马纳福特还将面临今年晚些时候的另一项针对美国的金融犯罪和阴谋罪的审判。他被控作伪证及作为非注册外国代理人代表乌克兰利益 。在那起案件中，他还被指控干扰证人 。