Former Michigan U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade Puts Cohen, Manafort Trials Into Context

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Yesterday brought a couple of big developments in the many facets of Robert Mueller’s investigation into the Trump campaign from 2016.

Former campaign chairman Paul Manafort was convicted on eight of 18 counts related to tax fraud. The judge declared a mistrial in the other 10 counts, as the jury failed to reach consensus on those charges.

Meanwhile, Trump’s longtime personal lawyer Michael Cohen plead guilty to campaign finance violations for his role in bribing women into silence about extramarital affairs with Donald Trump. Cohen also says he was acting on the directives of Trump himself.

Trump took to Twitter this morning to pounce on Cohen for cutting a deal with prosecutors.


What do these developments mean for the overall investigation into Trump’s campaign?

Detroit Today host Stephen Henderson is joined by University of Michigan lecturer and former U.S. attorney for the eastern district of Michigan, Barbara McQuade. McQuade says Cohen’s plea implicates the president, and that puts Trump in a tight spot.

I think it’s potentially an impeachable offense,” says McQuade. “It really depends on the appetite of this Congress, or its successor.”

To hear more from McQuade on Detroit Today, click on the audio player above.



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