His astonishing response overnight included a barrage of confusing and angry tweets as well as a freakish appearance on Fox News.
Taken together, some of the people who know Trump and his business and campaign best are now cooperating with the government, although former campaign chair Paul Manafort's deal blew up over his alleged "lies" to investigators.
Cohen was on Wednesday sentenced to three years in jail for crimes including tax evasion, bank fraud and lying to Congress. If Trump had any other benefit from it, not only would it not qualify as a campaign expense, it would be prohibited from being considered one by FEC regulation, as former FEC commissioner Brad Smith explained this week.
In another potentially worrisome legal development for Trump, prosecutors announced that the publisher of the National Enquirer tabloid newspaper struck a deal with them to avoid charges over its role in paying hush money to McDougal, who said she had a relationship with the president in 2006 and 2007.
A related question is whether he knew about the payments.
Cohen dismissed any speculation that he wanted to embarrass Trump, but argued he instead felt he needed to "fix the mistake that I made".
Everyone in that courtroom, including the judge, concluded that you directed Cohen to commit a crime.
Pleading for leniency in a packed Manhattan courtroom before US District Court Judge William H. Pauley III, Michael Cohen said he had been led astray by misplaced admiration for Trump.
Cohenpleaded guilty to two counts of campaign finance violations which Trump can argue did not involve campaign finance. "Those charges were just agreed to by him in order to embarrass the president and get a much reduced prison sentence, which he did-including the fact that his family was temporarily let off the hook", he wrote on his favorite social media platform. "Despite that many campaign finance lawyers have strongly.stated that I did nothing wrong with respect to campaign finance laws, if they even apply, because this was not campaign finance".
Trump denies having affairs with the women who were paid off just weeks before the election in which Trump beat Hillary Clinton.
"You now have a second defendant or group of defendants saying that these payments were made for the primary objective of influencing the election, and that it was done in coordination with Trump and his campaign", said Rick Hasen, an election law expert at the University of California, Irvine.
One additional aspect of Cohen's sentencing is that it allows Congress to move forward in inviting Cohen to oversight hearings (or subpoenaing him) in order to find out more about Trump's ties to Russian Federation. I hear there are other clients and many reporters that are taped - can this be so? The sentence represents the longest prison sentenced imposed to date in connection with special prosecutor Robert Mueller's investigation into ties between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation.
Nauert covered domestic and global stories as an ABC News correspondent from 2005 to 2007 prior to joining Fox. The President announced Friday he would nominate State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert to replace Haley.
According to several media outlets, Obama quickly apologised for swearing, telling the crowd: "I thought we were at home, y'all". "Tattoo it on my body!" one Twitter user wrote about Obama's words. "You don't have room to make mistakes", she said .
The report further explains Apple would roll out software updates to its ban imposed iPhones in an attempt to fix possible issues. Apple's W1 chip: What is it, and why don't Android users get a bite? Apple has asked a Chinese court to reconsider the ban.
A multinational effort to find survivors included U.S., Japanese and Australian aircraft and U.S. and Japanese ships. According to a news release from the Marine Corps , the next-of-kin for the fallen Marines have been notified.
Last month, New Zealand refused a telecom company's request to use 5G technology from Huawei, citing national security concerns. Meng, who owns two homes in Vancouver, was willing to wear an ankle bracelet and put the houses up as collateral, he said.
The rocket engines compensated somewhat for the spin , and by the time the rocket hit the water, its fin had emerged. The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket blasted off carrying the Dragon spacecraft at Cape Canaveral on December 5, 2018.
Qualcomm has announced Snapdragon 855 , the upcoming flagship SoC that will be found in most of the flagship devices in 2019. Apple plans to wait until at least 2020 before releasing an iPhone capable of 5G connectivity, Bloomberg reported Monday.
Canadian businessman Michael Spavor poses with girls at a school in Rason Special Economic Zone, North Korea, in 2012. Asked about it on Wednesday, Assistant Attorney-General John Demers said his department was not "a tool of trade".
Joseph County Police in IN say 17-year-old Breana Rouhselang's body was in a dumpster about a block from her home. Sunday, they found evidence of a violent crime before ultimately discovering Rouhselang's body in the dumpster.
One year ago, Minaj's 39-year-old brother, Jelani Maraj , was found guilty of raping an 11-year-old girl at his NY home. Minaj later confirmed the allegations , writing on Instagram , "He was 15, she was 16.in a relationship".
Fancy a McLaren-themed smartphone? It's here!
Rumours are rife that the new OnePlus 6T McLaren edition will come packing a whopping 10GB of RAM and 256GB of internal storage . And finally, the McLaren Edition features an Papaya Orange trim paint job, McLaren logo, and carbon fiber-like back.
British PM Theresa May survives vote of confidence
Tory rebels successful managed to stage a no-confidence vote in Mrs May, which could see her ousted tonight by 9pm. As news of the contest broke, ministers, including Jeremy Hunt and Michael Gove rallied round the Prime Minister.
US returns war trophy bells to the Philippines
This comes months after Defense Secretary James Mattis approved the return of wartime artifacts back to the Philippines. The bells will be officially handed over to officials of Balangiga, Eastern Samar on Saturday, Dec. 15.
New Zealand police: 22-year-old British tourist was murdered
At the start of this morning's hearing in the Auckland District Court, Judge B Thomas addressed members of Ms Millane's family. CCTV image from December 1 shows the last known sighting of Grace Millane whose 22nd birthday was the next day.
European authorities launch crackdown on Italian mob
Germany's Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA) also said raids had been carried out on the Spanish island of Mallorca. Among the 'ndrangheta clans hardest hit by Wednesday's raids was the Pelle-Vottari crime family, investigators said.
Nation Says Goodbye to Bush: ‘To us, he was close to perfect’
Bush will go down as the most courageous, principled and honourable occupant of the Oval Office the United States has ever known. His wife Hillary - Trump's former rival - looked straight ahead, despite nodding in acknowledgment to a greeting from Melania.
US Becomes Net Oil Exporter For First Time In 75 Years
That left the oil market dangling in uncertainty before non-OPEC allies join the group for a second day of talks on Friday. However, when oil producers realized the sanctions fell far short of what had been expected, fears of oversupply followed.