Could Cohen’s jail time lead to impeachment of the president?

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Michael Cohen, the former personal attorney for President Donald Trump, has been sentenced to three years in prison.

Cohen had pleaded guilty to a laundry list of charges brought by both federal prosecutors in New York and Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s office in Washington.

The campaign finance violation charges stem from hush money payments Cohen allegedly arranged to be made to Stormy Daniels and Karen McDougal, who claim to have had affairs with Donald Trump, who has denied the affairs. 

Prosecutors say Cohen tried to influence the 2016 campaign and asked for substantial prison time. 

The president tried to paint a negative picture of Cohen after he pleaded guilty and began cooperating with prosecutors. “He’s a weak and not very smart person.”

But, ABC’s Chief Legal Analyst Dan Abrams says President Trump should be concerned.  “They are saying it was done to subvert the campaign finance laws. It was done to impact the election. And, it was done in coordination with and at the direction of Donald Trump.”

But, in a new interview with Reuters, Trump insists he’s not worried, saying, “it wasn’t a campaign contribution.  If it were, it’s only civil, and even if it’s only civil, there was no violation based on what we did.  Ok?”

President Trump was also asked in that interview if he is worried about impeachment, but he said he wasn’t; that he believes people would revolt if that happened.  

At least one top democrat is saying that Trump’s alleged role in payments to the two women during the campaign could be grounds for impeachment.

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