Paul Manafort: guilty on eight counts.
Michael Cohen: pleaded guilty to eight counts.
Duncan Hunter: a Republican congressman, indicted on charges relating to the use of campaign funds for personal expenses. His wife was also indicted.
It was an active day in the news for U.S. President Donald Trump, and the Republicans. And members of Congress and the U.S. Senate would not let them forget it on Tuesday.
The news had Democratic politicians speaking out forcefully on Twitter.
Some said it was time to make major changes in Washington; others were vehement that special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation be allowed to proceed unabated.
Here was Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, saying it’s “time to clean up Washington.”
Since introducing my bill to #EndCorruptionNow this AM: Michael Cohen pleaded guilty to campaign crimes. Paul Manafort convicted on tax fraud. Rep. Duncan Hunter indicted for misuse of campaign funds. And these are just the guys who've been caught.
Time to clean up Washington.
— Elizabeth Warren (@SenWarren) August 21, 2018
The guilty plea of @realDonaldTrump attorney Michael Cohen, the conviction of Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort, and the indictment of GOP Rep. Duncan Hunter reaffirm three principles that are self-evident:
Truth is truth
Corruption is corruption
The law is the law
— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) August 21, 2018
My message to the president: you better not talk about pardons for Michael Cohen or Paul Manafort tonight, or anytime in the future.
— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) August 21, 2018
“If those payments were a crime for Michael Cohen, then why wouldn't they be a crime for Donald Trump?” https://t.co/EHTWAEPiMv
— Senator Brad Hoylman (@bradhoylman) August 21, 2018
Asked Paul Ryan's office for their reaction to today's news. Here's the statement I just got. "We are aware of Mr. Cohen’s guilty plea to these serious charges. We will need more information than is currently available at this point.”
— Josh Dawsey (@jdawsey1) August 21, 2018
Cohen has a sentencing date on Dec. 12.
Manafort doesn’t yet have a sentencing date. But the judge in that case has given prosecutors until Aug. 29 to figure out whether he’ll be tried on the other 10 charges.
Hunter and his wife are expected to be arraigned on Thursday.