Trump wanted to connect to the investigation of the correspondence of Clinton

He said recently he knew about payments "later on". He also accused the president of ordering him to do so.

"He's without resources and owes a lot of money", his lawyer, Lanny Davis, said in television interviews on Wednesday.

Weisselberg then sent the invoice to another Trump Organization executive via e-mail directing him to "Please pay from the Trust".

"Every president deserves an attorney general they have confidence in", Trump said, quoting Graham.

Cohen - who arranged hush-money payments shortly before the November 2016 US presidential election to two women who said they had had sex with Trump in 2006 - on Tuesday pleaded guilty in NY to campaign finance violations and other criminal charges. This practice resulted in an illegal 2016 campaign contribution consisting of a $130,000 payoff to Stormy Daniels, an adult-film star alleging an affair with Trump. But a deal has yet to be struck and there are doubts about what Cohen can prove or whether the special counsel would want to rely on an untrustworthy witness.

The federal prosecutors Cohen struck a deal with said they had evidence corroborating Cohen's admissions, stemming from records obtained from him that included audio tapes, texts, phone records, emails, witnesses with knowledge of the transactions, and records from The National Enquirer.

As part of the deal, he testified under oath that he made the payments to bury damaging stories about Trump and preserve his candidacy in the 2016 election. "He's wanted to be attorney general for many, many years". He owned the media company which squashed the Karen McDougal payment, and if he was granted immunity, we can safely assume that there is much more of Trump's dirty laundry hidden in his closet. Again, he confessed to a crime yesterday on Fox News in response to the Cohen guilty plea.

Davis has strongly telegraphed that Cohen is willing to cooperate with Mueller's investigation.

President Donald Trump's former longtime lawyer Michael Cohen pleaded guilty this week.

Trump has repeatedly denied there was coordination between Moscow and his campaign. Russian interference in the 2016 US election may have been his original mandate - pretext might be a better word - but its goal now is obviously to implicate Trump in criminal wrongdoing.

The two women who say they were Trump's onetime paramours are suing to invalidate agreements created to silence them.

Not helping Trump's "drain the swamp" claim, or the GOP's defense of the House: The indictments on corruption charges of the first two House Republicans to endorse Trump in the Republican presidential primaries.

Positive headlines for Trump, a Republican, were matched by negative stories about his opponents, including Hillary Clinton, a Democrat: An Enquirer front page from 2015 said "Hillary: 6 Months to Live" and accompanied the headline with a picture of an unsmiling Clinton with bags under her eyes. Hunter and Rep. Chris Collins (R-N.Y.) appear to fit into that category.

  • Tracy Klein