He brushed aside Cohen' claim in court that Trump directed him to make the hush-money payment to Stormy Daniels and arrange the deal to kill Karen McDougal's claim she had a 10-months affair with Trump.
"The factual basis of the plea, potentially implicating the President in illegal campaign finance violations, adds to his legal jeopardy", Representative Adam Schiff, a top House Intelligence Committee Democrat, said in a statement. "The problem is, they forgot to campaign in numerous states!"
Mr Trump said: "I don't know how you can impeach somebody who has done a great job".
"The answer is not explicitly named in the information filed by the prosecutors", Davis said.
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U.S. President Donald Trump's former personal lawyer Michael Cohen told lawmakers under oath a year ago that he did not know whether the then-candidate was aware of a June 2016 Trump Tower meeting with Russians before it happened, Axios reported on Thursday.
In another hammer blow Thursday, The Wall Street Journal and other United States media reported that the CEO of tabloid publisher American Media, David Pecker, has been given immunity by prosecutors investigating the payments, opening a new area of vulnerability for Trump.
In closed-door meetings with the House and Senate intelligence committees a year ago, Trump's former personal lawyer testified that he had no foreknowledge of the meeting and didn't know if Trump did either, sources told Axios.
Trump praised Manafort as "a courageous man!" raising speculation the former campaign operative could become the recipient of a pardon as he argues the prosecution was an overreach by the Justice Department.
She said the president's administration did come up during deliberations because of testimony that Manafort had tried to secure a White House position for a banker who authorized millions of dollars in loans for him and had lobbied Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner.
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On Wednesday, Cohen's lawyer Lanny Davis confirmed that his client had witnessed a meeting between Trump, and Trump Jr., that was connected to the 2016 Trump Tower meeting with Kremlin-affiliated individuals offering dirt on Hillary Clinton.
Perhaps more damaging for Mr Trump, though, is that Mr Cohen is reportedly willing to speak with Special Counsel Robert Mueller that his former boss knew about a "conspiracy to collude" with Russian Federation during the 2016 presidential campaign.
"Where there's smoke, and there's a lot of smoke, there may well be fire", Cole told The New York Times.
Mr Trump argued the move would have dire economic consequences.
Cohen had pleaded guilty on eight charges, which included arrangements for payments to influence the elections, as per Trump's order.
Yet his White House signaled no clear strategy for managing the fallout. It's not about credibility.
Cohen struck a plea deal Tuesday that saw him admit campaign finance violations, as well as tax and bank fraud.
On Monday, September 17, the 69-year-old Manafort is scheduled to go to trial a second time-this time, on federal charges that include obstruction of justice, money laundering and failing to register as a foreign agent.
Mr Trump has repeatedly denounced the probe as a "witch hunt". Legal experts generally agree that sitting presidents can't be indicted.
Mr Cohen and Manafort played prominent roles in Mr Trump's political rise in 2016.
He may yet have to take action against Trump.
He also complained again that Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from the Russian Federation investigation-a.k.a. the only decent thing Sessions has ever done-and mentioned that he only gave Sessions that job due to loyalty on the campaign trail.
Such a payment could be regarded as an illegal campaign expenditure if the money was clearly meant to influence the 2016 election.
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The judge set a sentencing hearing of December 12 for Cohen, who was released on $500,000 bond.