Here are the stories The Associated Press is planning following up on Michael Cohen guilty plea and Paul Manafort’s guilty verdict. All times EDT:
TRUMP-POLITICAL FALLOUT — Michael Cohen’s guilty plea implicating President Donald Trump in a crime reverberated across the political landscape, with Republicans rejecting talk of impeachment without evidence of Russian collusion. Democrats steered clear of the word, too, and zeroed in instead on what they called a “cesspool” of corruption engulfing the White House. SENT: 980 words, photos. With TRUMP-LEGAL EXPOSURE Q&A: Q&A: What Michael Cohen’s plea and the verdict in Paul Manafort’s trial mean for Trump.
TRUMP — Facing a growing threat to his presidency, President Donald Trump lashed out at his former personal lawyer Michael Cohen a day after the onetime “fixer” implicated Trump in a campaign cover-up to buy the silence of women who said they had sexual relationships with him. By Zeke Miller, Jonathan Lemire and Darlene Superville. SENT: 1,240 words, photos. With TRUMP-THE LATEST.
TRUMP-UNKNOWNS — The thunderclaps of Michael Cohen’s plea deal and the conviction of Paul Manafort exposed the real political threats that the president’s many frenemies pose to him, his family and the Republican Party. By Laurie Kellman. UPCOMING: 1,000 words by 6 p.m.
TRUMP-CAMPAIGN FINANCE — After his longtime fixer, Michael Cohen, pleaded guilty to several felony charges, President Donald Trump is seeking to shrug off the two campaign finance charges as “not a crime.” The reality? The crimes are real, and Cohen faces time in a very real prison. By Chad Day and Eric Tucker. UPCOMING: 1,250 words, photos by 6 p.m.
TRUMP-NATIONAL ENQUIRER — The plea deal reached by Donald Trump’s former attorney Michael Cohen has laid bare a relationship between the president and the publisher of the National Enquirer that goes well beyond the tabloid’s screaming headlines. By David Bauder and Jeff Horwitz. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 6 p.m.
TRUMP-LAWYER-INVESTIGATION — Investigators in New York state issued a subpoena to Michael Cohen as part of their probe into the Trump Foundation, an official with Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration confirmed to The Associated Press. By David Klepper. SENT: 350 words. UPCOMING: Developing.
TRUMP-LAWYER INVESTIGATION-INDIVIDUAL 1 — Anatomy of a ‘catch and kill:’ Michael Cohen’s plea agreement tells the story of a scheme to protect the aspirating president, also known as ‘Individual 1.’ By Eric Tucker. SENT: 1,100 words, photo.
TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE-MANAFORT — Paul Manafort’s guilty verdict on eight financial crimes is raising questions about whether President Donald Trump will seek to pardon his former campaign chairman. By Matthew Barakat, Chad Day and Eric Tucker. SENT: 1,000 words, photos, videos.
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US Trump Fox Interview (CR) — President Donald Trump is defending the hush money payments made by his former attorney Michael Cohen to a pair of women, insisting, contrary to Cohen’s guilty plea, that the effort wasn’t “even a campaign violation.”
US Senators Cohen Reaction (CR) — Republicans rejected talk of impeachment after Michael Cohen’s guilty pea implicated President Donald Trump in a crime. Democrats steered clear of the word, too, and zeroed in instead on what they called corruption engulfing the White House.
US Trump Supporters (CR) — In Ohio, Wisconsin and Texas people who voted for Donald Trump say they are still supportive even after his personal lawyer pleaded guilty to finance violations and his onetime campaign chairman has been convicted for financial fraud.
US White House Briefing (CR) — White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders says she’s “not aware” of conversations about a possible presidential pardon for Paul Manafort.
US Trump Legal Debrief (CR) — Q&A: What Michael Cohen’s plea and the verdict in Paul Manafort’s trial mean for Trump. AP Reporter Eric Tucker explains.
US NY Scaramucci (CR) — Trump’s former Director of Communications called the guilty plea by Michael Cohen and conviction of Paul Manafort an “iceberg.” Anthony Scaramucci said he thinks Trump needs to ‘assess the damage’ and make a statement.