"I think we all went in there like we were supposed to and assumed that Mr. Manafort was innocent".
'If I ever got impeached, I think the market would crash, I think everybody would be very poor, because without this thinking, you would see - you would see numbers that you wouldn't believe in reverse'.
"I don't know how you can impeach somebody who has done a great job", Trump said.
USA president Donald Trump speaks at a Make America Great Again rally at Charleston on 22 August.
Michael Cohen told Congress that he had no idea whether President Trump knew ahead of time about the 2016 Trump Tower meeting that included Donald Trump Jr. and a Russian lawyer, a report said Thursday.
Later, US media reported that prosecutors in the Cohen case had granted federal immunity to the chairman of the company that publishes the National Enquirer tabloid, David Pecker.
Former George W. Bush press secretary Ari Fleischer stressed that the revelations may be sordid but do not meet the constitutional bar of "high crimes and misdemeanors".
Cohen, who once said that he would take a bullet for Trump, has now flipped and claims that Trump directed him to "commit a crime" by ordering the payment.
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That prompted Sessions to fire back that he would not be swayed, in a remarkable public broadside.
The attorney general's office is seeking $2.8 million in restitution and other unspecified penalties in its civil suit.
The Trump Foundation issued a statement criticising the lawsuit as "politics at its very worst" and accusing the attorney-general of holding its $1.7m in remaining funds "hostage for political gain".
He declared that while he's attorney general "the actions" of the DOJ "will not be improperly influenced by political considerations". But what Michael Cohen plead to weren't even campaign related.
Michael Cohen's lawyer Lanny Davis says that members of the Senate Intelligence Committee failed to ask the right "follow-up questions" when his client appeared before the panel past year and therefore failed to elicit crucial answers about President Trump's prior knowledge of Russian hacking of Democratic emails during the 2016 election.
His comments contradict a statement made earlier by Cohen under oath, in which he said the president had instructed him to make the payments.
The federal jury on Tuesday found Manafort guilty on eight counts; the judge declared a mistrial on 10 counts the jury was deadlocked on.
That tool "almost ought to be outlawed".
Cohen also revealed through Davis on Wednesday that he has information that might be of interest to Special Counsel Robert Mueller, charged with investigating alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation in the runup to the 2016 election. "One of the reasons I respect Paul Manafort so much is because he went through that trial". "It is remarkable that Giuliani and his team do not see how the president, with this conduct, continues to do extraordinary damage to his position in the ongoing investigations".
Trump's defenders have argued over and over that the lack of Russia-related charges against Manafort suggests there was no collusion with Russian Federation.