President Donald Trump has, for the first time, become an unindicted co-conspirator, analysts said following the release of a sentencing memo on Friday.
Among the details in the memo, which track with reporting on the Stormy Daniels hush-money payoff, is a description of criminal behavior that includes the president, identified as Individual-1 throughout.
“During the campaign, Cohen played a central role in two similar schemes to purchase the rights to stories – each from women who claimed to have had an affair with Individual-1 – so as to suppress the stories and thereby prevent them from influencing the election. With respect to both payments, Cohen acted with the intent to influence the 2016 presidential election. Cohen coordinated his actions with one or more members of the campaign, including through meetings and phone calls, about the fact, nature, and timing of the payments. In particular, and as Cohen himself has now admitted, with respect to both payments, he acted in coordination with and at the direction of Individual-1. As a result of Cohen’s actions, neither woman spoke to the press prior to the election,” the memo reads.
This is a major revelation, analysts pointed out.
That surely makes Trump, for the first time, an unindicted co-conspirator >> https://t.co/22Hij3pjyU
— Matt Seaton (@mattseaton) December 7, 2018
This is new. Federal prosecutors have said for the first time in a court filing that Cohen committed campaign finance crimes “in coordination with and at the direction of” President Trump. pic.twitter.com/mOYvdMqHS7
— Brad Heath (@bradheath) December 7, 2018