Q&A: The Law Behind Michael Cohen Case

The Wall Street Journal

Michael Cohen, President Trump’s former personal lawyer, pleaded guilty this week to eight federal crimes, including tax evasion, making false statements to a bank and campaign-finance violations. The plea capped a monthslong investigation into his business dealings and implicated the president in the campaign-related payments. This article broke down the common questions surrounding the Michael Cohen scandal.

Trevor Potter, a Republican former chairman of the FEC, countered Mr. Smith in an interview: “The problem with his argument that this is inherently personal and should not be considered to have anything to do with the campaign is that it depends on the facts. Here we have sworn testimony in court by the lawyer involved in making it all happen that it was done expressly for the purpose of influencing the election.”

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