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Enter Trump. The president has publicly said a couple times since Manafort's conviction that Manafort is a good or fearless man.

This Tuesday, former Trump attorney Michael Cohen pleaded guilty to eight criminal counts, including tax fraud and campaign finance violations.

The president tweeted that he feels "very badly" for Manafort after his former aide was found guilty on eight counts, including five counts of tax fraud.

'On August 21, Michael Cohen made the decision to take legal responsibility and to continue his commitment to tell the truth.

After bashing Cohen Wednesday morning, Trump praised Manafort, saying, "Unlike Michael Cohen, [Manafort] refused to "break" - make up stories in order to get a 'deal.' Such respect for a fearless man!"

This refers specifically to the $176,000 (USD$130,000) and $203,000 (USD$150,000) offered to adult star Stormy Daniels and former Playboy model Karen McDougal, respectively, in exchange for their silence.

Cohen said in court Wednesday that he was directed by a "candidate for federal office" - which many have assumed to be Trump - to make the hush payments, reopening a debate about whether a president can be indicted.

But Trump's attorney Rudy Giuliani said in a statement: "There is no allegation of any wrongdoing against the President in the government's charges against Mr. Cohen".

"Mr. Cohen is not interested in being dirtied by a pardon from such a man", Davis said.

The president's longtime lawyer dealt him a bitter political blow as he admitted to felony charges in NY that included making illegal campaign contributions. And I tweeted about it.

Stumping for candidates in West Virginia on Tuesday night, Trump did not mention Cohen or Manafort, but did again attack Mueller's investigation as "fake news" and a "witch hunt".

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Daniels' case is now on hold, but Avenatti said he'll be looking to get that hold lifted.

Davis served as special counsel to President Bill Clinton from 1996 to 1998.

But for now, the focus is clearly on Cohen's case, and the implications it may or may not have for President Trump.

However, once the president leaves office, it's fair game, regardless of jurisdiction. "No collusion, no crime", she said on Twitter.

Trump spent Tuesday cooped up in the White House as the high-profile cases reached their conclusion, but as the twin bombshell dropped he appeared to take it in stride. As 9News points out, they specify that in January 2017, Cohen worked for "Individual-1, who at that point had become the President of the United States". But he said: "Obviously it's not good for Trump". Ms Daniels has alleged that she had a relationship with Mr Trump. But they weren't - it's not, it's not even a campaign violation.

Davis has said he believes Cohen had information that would be of interest to Mueller, and in his interview with MSNBC on Wednesday suggested that it was directly tied to Russian attempts to interfere in the 2016 election. Still, it could give Mueller a boost.

However, Trump has been heard on a tape with Cohen discussing arranging payment to one of the women.

"No longer can you say Mueller is on a witch hunt when you have his own lawyer pleading guilty to things that were created to impact the election", she said. Trump has been willing to wield his pardon power before for controversial figures.

There has been speculation that Manafort, who has maintained his innocence, may be hoping for a presidential pardon as a reward for his loyalty.

But Davis noted, as have others, that what "Donald Trump and all of his henchmen miss when they say "no collusion, no collusion, no collusion" is the issue of criminal conspiracy, which he distinguished from collusion. "And he has no need to do it, he's done nothing wrong".


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