President Donald Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen has flipped on Trump again by agreeing to cooperate with the Manhattan District Attorney’s office investigation into whether the Trump Organization falsified business records, reports NBC News.
Former Watergate prosecutor Nick Akerman told MSNBC’s Ali Veshi that the New York prosecutor could indict a sitting president:
So in this particular case, it could very well be that they are looking at the false state tax returns that have been filed by the Trump Organization, filed by Donald Trump, and there could be all kinds of people who could have criminal liability here.
If it’s just Donald Trump, obviously, the problem there is indicting a sitting president, although the Manhattan DA’s office is not under the same stricture as the Department of Justice. They could indict a sitting president.
Secondly, there are lots of people around Donald Trump who could be indicted for aiding and abetting and assisting in this. For example, in the Watergate prosecution, we could have indicted Richard Nixon up until the point he was pardoned by President Ford.
However, we wound up indicting four other people who assisted Nixon in the preparation of his false returns. So here you’ve got people like [Alan] Weisselberg, who was given immunity by the feds, but that immunity doesn’t carry over to the state.
You’ve got people who were involved in actually dealing with this hush money, dealing with the books and records. So there are lots of potential defendants here who could be charged.
(Sources: NBC News, MSNBC)