Michael Cohen sought to 'criminally influence' US election, prosecutors say – live

11.13pm GMT

Here is the president’s tweet shortly after the release of sentencing memos for his former personal attorney:

Totally clears the President. Thank you!

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 [Trump].

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

10.52pm GMT

Trump is now tweeting about James Comey – and has not yet commented on the newly released sentencing memos about his former personal attorney. Comey was on Capitol Hill today to privately testify before the House judiciary and oversight committees.

It is being reported that Leakin’ James Comey was told by Department of Justice attorneys not to answer the most important questions. Total bias and corruption at the highest levels of previous Administration. Force him to answer the questions under oath!

“After a full day of questioning, two things are clear to me. One, we could have done this in open setting, and two, when you read the transcript you will see that we’re talking again about Hillary Clinton’s e-mails for heaven’s sakes,” says ex-FBI director @Comey on Capitol Hill pic.twitter.com/uN5ZAHFOIT

When you read the transcript, you will see that we were talking again about Hillary Clinton’s emails for heaven’s sakes, so I’m not sure we need to do this at all. But I’m trying to respect the institution and answer questions in a respectful way.

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Source: theguardian