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Michael Cohen Admits To Violating Campaign Finance Laws, Tax Fraud

President Trump's former personal attorney admitted to multiple crimes, including bank fraud, tax fraud and campaign finance violations.
Posted at 3:05 PM, Aug 22, 2018

Michael Cohen pleaded guilty to multiple charges in federal court Tuesday.

The charges stemmed from the Southern District of New York, not special counsel Robert Mueller's office. 

Cohen, who spent years as President Donald Trump's personal attorney, admitted to eight charges in total, including tax fraud, campaign finance violations and bank fraud. 

During the hearing, he admitted to violating campaign finance laws to pay off Karen McDougal and Stormy Daniels, both at the direction of an unnamed candidate. Cohen didn't work for any campaign other than then-candidate Trump's during the 2016 election.

The investigation into Cohen became a national news headline when the FBI raided his home, office and hotel room in April. 

Sentencing is set for Dec. 12, and the judge set Cohen's bail at $500,000.

Additional reporting from Newsy affiliate CNN