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Breaking Down The Legal Implications Of Cohen's Plea Deal, Manafort's Conviction06:30
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President Donald Trump speaks to reporters at the White House, Friday, June 15, 2018, in Washington. (Evan Vucci/AP)
President Donald Trump speaks to reporters at the White House, Friday, June 15, 2018, in Washington. (Evan Vucci/AP)
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With Meghna Chakrabarti

Perspective on former Trump attorney Michael Cohen's plea deal and former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort's conviction from an international and criminal law specialist.

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Jens David Ohlin, vice dean and professor of law at Cornell Law School. (@LieberCode)

From The Reading List

New York Magazine: "5 Ways the Cohen and Manafort News Adds to Trump’s Legal Jeopardy" — "As journalists scrambled to report on two stunning, simultaneous legal developments on Tuesday afternoon — Michael Cohen pleading guilty to campaign finance violations and Paul Manafort’s conviction in his financial fraud trail — President Trump and his legal team insisted there was simply nothing to see.

'It doesn’t involve me but it’s a very sad thing,' Trump said of the Manafort verdict. 'It had nothing to do with Russian collusion.'

“'There is no allegation of any wrongdoing against the president in the government’s charges against Mr. Cohen,'” said Trump’s lawyer, Rudy Giuliani."

Politico: "‘It’s the only excuse they’ll need’: Legal blows fuel impeachment fears" — "President Donald Trump and his allies were armed with a quick response to former campaign chairman Paul Manafort’s guilty verdict – it had nothing to do with Russian collusion, and nothing to do with Trump.

"But Michael Cohen’s simultaneous bombshell guilty plea on Tuesday, in which he admitted paying hush money to women just before the 2016 election at Trump’s direction, poses a greater risk to the president."

This segment aired on August 22, 2018.

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