Cohen Pleads Guilty to Campaign Finance Violations as Manafort Found Guilty of Financial Fraud

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Michael Cohen, former lawyer to U.S. President Donald Trump, exits the Federal Courthouse on August 21, 2018 in New York City. Cohen reached an agreement with prosecutors, pleading guilty to charges involving bank fraud, tax fraud and campaign finance violations. (Photo: Yana Paskova/Getty Images)

President Trump's former personal lawyer Michael Cohen pled guilty Tuesday to violating campaign finance laws and other charges, saying that then-candidate Trump directed him to make payments to two women to buy their silence over alleged affairs with Trump. That news came just as a federal jury found Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort guilty on eight financial fraud charges in the first trial arising from special counsel Russia investigation. We’ll talk about the legal and political implications of both cases.


Philip Bump, national correspondent, Washington Post

Sean Walsh, GOP political consultant; principal, Wilson Walsh George Ross

Jessica Levinson, clinical professor of law, Loyola Law School