Michael Cohen, President Trump's longtime personal attorney, admitted to violating federal campaign finance laws by arranging hush money payments to adult film star Stormy Daniels and former Playboy model Karen McDougal "at the direction" of then-candidate Trump.


A federal jury in Virginia convicted former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort on eight counts of bank and tax fraud, making him the first campaign associate of President Trump found guilty by a jury as part of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's probe.

AB Stoddard, Associate Editor and columnist for Real Clear Politics, joined Fox News Radio's Marie Harf to talk about the significance of Michael Cohen's plea deal and Paul Manafort being found guilty. 

On what happened today with Paul Manafort and Michael Cohen: Even though we've come to expect in drama and a lot of surprises from the trump administration this is going to go down in history as an incredible day because of what has happened to the president and his close associates today. It is true as the president's defenders will say that there was nothing today about Russian collusion, but these are people that the President counted on and depended on. (1:14)

On Republican reaction to today's news: I have been critical President Obama. I have been critical of Hillary Clinton. I have been critical of President Trump. You can imagine tonight the shame that conservative critics of President Obama would be describing that he would have reeked upon the nation had his associates become criminals, two of them. (5:35)

On what she expects to hear at Trump rally: Well, I do think that he believes all this stuff is a good base play. I just doubt he gets through the rally without going after any of this stuff. He believes that it energizes them. He believes that they believe him, and what's so interesting is that the CNN polling yesterday shows that a majority doesn't believe him. (7:37)

On Mueller investigation: In terms of the midterms in the next few months we don't know that we'll see a Mueller report and we don't know that we'll have any findings. What your listeners should focus on tonight and tomorrow is reading up on the legal experts who I've listened to this afternoon who are making the case that actually Cohen didn't have to flip. He's now plead guilty to eight counts. They're going to use something called use immunity and he's going to be forced to speak to grand juries of Mueller's if there is something related whether he likes it or not.  (9:36)

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