Cohen pleads guilty to campaign finance, Bank Fraud and Tax Evasion
Within minutes of Manafort’s conviction, Cohen plead guilty to campaign finance violations including payoffs to women, bank fraud and tax fraud.
The vice chair of the Senate intelligence committee, Mark Warner, a Democrat who is helping lead the Senate’s Russia investigation, has a statement about Manafort’s conviction:
This verdict makes it absolutely clear that the Mueller probe is not a ‘witch hunt’ — it is a serious investigation that is rooting out corruption and Russian influence on our political system at the highest levels. The President’s campaign manager was just convicted of serious federal crimes by a jury of his peers, despite the President’s continued attempts to undermine the investigation which has brought Mr. Manafort to justice. Any attempt by the President to pardon Mr. Manafort or interfere in the investigation into his campaign would be a gross abuse of power and require immediate action by Congress.