Trump’s ever-mounting legal woes

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In these 2018 file photos, Paul Manafort leaves federal court in Washington, left and attorney Michael Cohen leaves federal court in New York. The one-two punch ahead of the midterm elections _ the plea from former Trump lawyer Cohen and the fraud conviction of one-time campaign chairman Manafort _ is presenting the biggest loyalty test yet for Republicans who have been reluctant to criticize the president. (AP Photo/File)

In these 2018 file photos, Paul Manafort leaves federal court in Washington, left and attorney Michael Cohen leaves federal court in New York. The one-two punch ahead of the midterm elections _ the plea from former Trump lawyer Cohen and the fraud conviction of one-time campaign chairman Manafort _ is presenting the biggest loyalty test yet for Republicans who have been reluctant to criticize the president. (AP Photo/File)

Guests: Rebecca O’Brien, Andy Wright

Tuesday was one of the most consequential days of the Trump presidency with the back-to-back legal spectacles of Paul Manafort’s corruption conviction and Michael Cohen’s guilty plea that implicated the President in illegal use of campaign funds. We still do not yet know how these events will affect the presidency and the broader political landscape, but there is a sense that the ever-mounting legal scrutiny could be grave for Trump, his presidency, his family, and his businesses. Today on the show, guest host Mary Cummings-Jordan will examine the ins-and-outs of these two cases, and discuss the latest in the fallout from both the Manafort verdict and the Cohen plea. We’re joined by Wall Street Journal white-collar crime reporter REBECCA O’BRIEN, and ANDY WRIGHT, senior fellow and founding editor of Just Security.

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