Crimes of the President's Men: Cohen's Plea and Manafort's Verdict
President Trump’s former personal attorney, Michael Cohen, pleaded guilty to several counts of bank fraud and tax evasion, in federal court in Manhattan on Tuesday. Cohen also pleaded guilty to breaking campaign finance laws and former Trump campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, was convicted on eight counts of tax and bank fraud at his trial in Alexandria, Virginia, on Tuesday; we consider the implications of the Environmental Protection Agency’s new proposal to relax emissions limits on coal-fired power plants; earlier this week, a judge determined that the director of Michigan’s Department of Health will stand trial for the deaths of two men who allegedly died of Legionnaires’ disease because of Flint’s water crisis; and prisoners in at least 17 states are on strike for a second day. The prisoners are refusing to work and they’re holding sit ins, and hunger strikes. We discuss one of the prisoners’ chief demands: immediate improvements to the conditions of prisons.
James M. Van Nostrand