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Cohen Says He Broke Campaign Finance Laws on Trump’s Orders

Aug. 21, 2018, 11:00 PM

President Donald Trump’s former attorney admitted that he violated campaign finance laws ahead of the 2016 election -- at the direction of his then-boss, presidential candidate Donald Trump.

Michael D. Cohen made that explosive admission during a hastily convened appearance in a federal courthouse in Manhattan on Tuesday, where he pleaded guilty to eight counts of tax fraud, bank fraud and campaign finance violations and could face up to five years in prison.

His appearance capped months of increasing financial and legal pressure on the longtime personal lawyer for Trump. At the same time, it ushered in a new wave ...