Can Trump survive Manafort and Cohen?

NEW YORK, NY – AUGUST 21: 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 by Yana Paskova/Getty Images)

“At the end of the day none of this is a surprise that any of these guys would ultimately get caught, and ultimately flip.” – Bill Portonova, Attorney

Trump’s longtime former “fixer” and personal attorney, Michael Cohen, plead guilty to campaign finance charges, and in the process implicated the president in payoffs to keep two affairs quiet.

Cohen said in open court that he made illegal campaign contributions “in coordination and at the direction of a candidate for federal office.”  Court documents make it clear that the “candidate” in question was Trump, and the descriptions of the installments have been linked to porn star Stormy Daniels and Playboy model Karen McDougal.  

As expected, the breaking story, paired with the announcement of the Manafort verdict, spawned a feeding frenzy on the cable news channels yesterday.

The whirlwind of information being churned out can be difficult to parse through for the average American who doesn’t have their head buried in politics. Jack Armstrong & Joe Getty invited Bill Portanova, a former public prosecutor and current public defender, onto the show to bring some clarity to all the complex legal jargon — specifically what it means for Trump’s future in the Oval Office.

Listen below!


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