Republican President Donald Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen has returned to the Democratic Party.
Mr Cohen’s attorney Lanny Davis said on Twitter that his client has changed his registration from Republican to Democrat.
He says Mr Cohen made the change to distance ‘himself from the values of the current’ administration.
Michael Cohen has returned to the Democratic Party from the Republican Party (Picture: Reuters)The switch came on the eve of Friday’s deadline for New Yorkers to register to vote in the November election. Mr Cohen pleaded guilty in August to eight federal charges.
He said President Trump directed him to arrange payments before the 2016 election to buy the silence of porn actress Stormy Daniels and a former Playboy model who alleged they had affairs with Mr Trump.
Mom punches prankster son, 12, after he creeps up behind her in Chewbacca maskHe since has cooperated with special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election.
Donald Trump previously launched a stinging attack on his convicted former fixer, tweeting: ‘If anyone is looking for a good lawyer, I would strongly suggest that you don’t retain the services of Michael Cohen!’
In a second tweet referring to ex-campaign manager Paul Manafort, also convicted Tuesday, Trump wrote: ‘I feel very badly for Paul Manafort and his wonderful family.
‘”Justice” took a 12 year old tax case, among other things, applied tremendous pressure on him and, unlike Michael Cohen, he refused to “break” – make up stories in order to get a “deal”.
Donald Trump posted a series of tweets Wednesday morning attacking his ex-lawyer Michael Cohen and hailing former campaign manager Paul Manafort, who faces spending the rest of his life in jail (Picture: Donald Trump/Twitter)He added: ‘A large number of counts, ten, could not even be decided in the Paul Manafort case. Witch Hunt!.
‘Michael Cohen plead guilty to two counts of campaign finance violations that are not a crime. President Obama had a big campaign finance violation and it was easily settled!’
Wheelchair user plunges 100ft to his death after taking escalator instead of elevatorTrump turned on his former right-hand man Wednesday morning, hours after Cohen told a Manhattan court that he had worked with the president to pay off two porn stars who claim to have had affairs with him.
That contradicted Cohen’s previous claim he had paid off one of the women without the president’s knowledge.
Cohen admitted breaking campaign rules by paying Stormy Daniels $130,000 11 days before the presidential election, saying he did so at the direction of a ‘candidate for federal office’ – Trump.
Michael Cohen pictured leaving Manhattan Federal Courthouse Tuesday, after claiming Donald Trump had directed him to organize payments to two porn stars shortly before the 2016 presidential election (Picture: AP)
Trump pictured disembarking Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Tuesday. Cohen’s lawyer Lanny Davis says his client’s guilty plea proves Donald Trump lied about the payouts (Picture: AP)He also claimed to have helped set up a $150,000 interview with ex-Playboy Playmate Karen McDougall with the pro-Trump National Enquirer tabloid.
The magazine did not run the story, with Cohen saying that attempts had been made to silence both women in a bid to help Trump’s successful White House run.
World’s longest direct flight takes off from Singapore to New YorkCohen’s lawyer Lanny Davis has since claimed the former fixer does not need to provide evidence that Trump directed him to commit the crimes, insisting that the president’s lawyers have already done so.
Davis explained that Cohen admitted making illegal campaign contributions after Trump’s new lawyers sent special counsel Robert Mueller a letter admitting that the president had ‘directed’ his former fixer to pay Daniels, real name Stephanie Clifford.
He told Good Morning America: ‘Let me make 100 percent clear: the evidence was provided definitively by Donald Trump’s lawyers.
‘It’s not a dispute. It’s not about credibility. It’s his lawyers in a letter used the word directed.’
Both she and McDougal claim to have slept with Trump in 2006, a year after his wife Melania gave birth to their son Barron. Trump has denied any affair claims.
Stormy Daniels, real name Stephanie Clifford, says she had a one-night stand with Donald Trump in 2006, and that she was paid $130,000 hush money by Cohen 11 days before the 2016 presidential election (Picture: MySpace/Stormy Daniels)Davis has also said that Cohen is willing to tell investigators ‘all he knows’ about allegations Team Trump were part of a ‘conspiracy to collude and corrupt the 2016 election.
Cohen, who also admitted bank fraud and tax fraud, has been warned to expect between 46 and 63 months imprisonment when he is sentenced December.
Mom ‘told daughter, 7, she had cancer and shaved girl’s’s head to con people out of cash’He reached a plea deal at Manhattan Federal court as Trump’s ex-campaign manager Paul Manafort was convicted of eight felony crimes.
Manafort was found guilty of five counts of tax frauds, one count of failure to report a foreign bank and financial accounts, and two counts of bank fraud.
A mistrial was declared in ten further counts he faces, although 69 year-old Manafort still faces dying in jail when he is sentenced.
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