Newsrooms across the US grappled with an avalanche of fast-moving news on Tuesday, as pivotal developments surrounding some of President Donald Trump’s close associates developed just minutes apart.
Trump’s longtime personal attorney, Michael Cohen, pleaded guilty to eights counts of fraud – including making a campaign finance violation related to a $US130,000 payment made to porn star Stormy Daniels in exchange for her silence.
Cohen claimed that the payment was made “at the direction of the candidate” with “the purpose of influencing the election.” Lanny Davis, Cohen’s personal attorney, confirmed that candidate was Trump.
And in Virginia, Paul Manafort, Trump’s former campaign chairman, also pleaded guilty to eight counts of fraud. Members of the jury could not agree on 10 other federal charges Manafort had been facing. US District Judge T.S. Ellis declared a mistrial on those counts.
Here’s a preview of the front pages of several US newspapers set to run Wednesday morning.
The New York Times: PLEADING GUILTY, COHEN IMPLICATES PRESIDENT
New York Daily News: ‘ALL THE PRESIDENT’S HENCHMEN’
The Washington Post: ‘Convictions tighten squeeze on Trump’
New York Post: ‘DON’S CONS’
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