The attorney representing President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump announces new social media network called 'TRUTH Social' Virginia State Police investigating death threat against McAuliffe Meadows hires former deputy AG to represent him in Jan. 6 probe: report MORE's longtime personal lawyer Michael Cohen says that there is now "no dispute" that President Trump committed a crime during the 2016 election.
Interviewed on MSNBC's "Morning Joe," Lanny Davis said that Cohen's decision to implicate the president in campaign finance violations related to his payments to Karen McDougal and Stormy Daniels was proof of Trump's wrongdoing.
"Well, let's clear up for some reason in ambiguity the smoke that [Trump attorney] Rudy Giuliani, Donald Trump and the people around him are blowing," Davis said.
"Very clearly, there is no dispute that Donald Trump committed a crime," Davis, who is an opinion contributor for The Hill, added. "No dispute, because his own lawyers said to the special counsel in a letter that he directed, that's the word they used, Michael Cohen to make these payments."
Cohen on Tuesday pleaded guilty to campaign finance violations and other federal crimes. While he did not name the president in court filings, he said that a "candidate" personally directed him to make the payments to Daniels and McDougal, who both claim affairs with the president, weeks before the election.
Prosecutors working with special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerSenate Democrats urge Garland not to fight court order to release Trump obstruction memo Why a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel MORE's investigation have been probing the payments and their funding for possible criminal activity including campaign finance law violations as part of the ongoing investigation into alleged ties between the Trump campaign and Russia.
The president's former campaign chairman, Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortFBI agents swarm Russian oligarch's DC home DOJ investigating one-time Trump campaign adviser over alleged ties to Qatar: report Foreign lobbyists donated over M during 2020 election: report MORE, on Tuesday was also convicted on eight charges related to his lobbying work in Ukraine by a jury in Virginia.