Democrats say witnesses are lining up against the president – but stop short of impeachment talk

Mail Online | 1/19/2012 | Geoff Earle, Deputy U.s. Political Editor For
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Democrats are pointing to a series of unfolding cooperation deals among witnesses with deep knowledge and ties to President Trump – with an indictment or impeachment of the president both possible outcomes.

Rep. Adam Schiff, a California Democrat who is a favorite target of Trump's, said Wednesday the most meaningful development was the unsealed cooperation deal with American Media Inc. Federal prosecutors revealed the publisher of the National Enquirer had a immunity deal related to its $150,000 payment to Playboy model Karen McDougal, who claims she had an affair with Trump.

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That revelation came after a federal judge in New York sentenced longtime Trump lawyer Michael Cohen to three years in prison for campaign finance, tax violations, and lying to Congress.

'I think the more significant development in the case today than the sentence that Michael Cohen received was the fact that there is this non-prosecution agreement with AMI, the parent of the National Enquirer,' Schiff told CNN.

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'Because what that means is, this is not simply Michael Cohen’s word against Donald Trump’s, it is now Donald Trump’s word against everyone else,' he added.

'That there are witnesses at AMI who will testify that these payments were made for the express purpose of influencing the election, by depriving voters of knowledge of these stories of women coming forward to say they had affairs with a candidate running for the president.”

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Prosecutors also have revealed that former Trump national security advisor Mike Flynn, who pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI, has spent dozens of hours meeting with prosecutors. Trump Organization exec Allen Weisselberg also reportedly has an immunity deal.

Taken together, some of the people who know Trump and his business and campaign best are now cooperating with the government, although former campaign chair Paul Manafort's deal blew up over his alleged 'lies' to investigators....
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