23 Aug 2018

Trump under pressure after Cohen's plea, Manafort's conviction

From Morning Report, 7:38 am on 23 August 2018

The White House and the US President Donald Trump are trying to head off the pressure after yesterday's explosive court appearance of Mr Trump's former long-time lawyer Michael Cohen. As part of plea deal with prosecutors, Mr Cohen pleaded guilty to tax evasion, bank fraud and campaign finance violations - saying he'd made hush-money payments to two women at the direction of Mr Trump. Meanwhile, in regard to Mr Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort who was yesterday convicted on multiple counts of fraud and faces a long jail term, Sarah Sanders said she wasn't aware of any conversations regarding a possible presidential pardon for him. On the line now from Washington, our correspondent Simon Marks discusses the details with Susie Ferguson.