How Manafort and Cohen's court decisions will affect politics

ABC's Deputy Political Director MaryAlice Parks broke down the political repercussions and what it all means for the midterm elections.
2:12 | 08/22/18

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President trump seems more upset by manna ports conviction but the Cohen plea bargain may be more of a problem for the president. ABC's deputy political director Mary Alice park says this is likely to how. Far reaching political repercussions. Candidates Lindh that you know it was an absolutely head spinning day. When the president's former campaign chairman is convicted of crimes and yet that feels like the second's biggest headline. Instead perhaps the biggest news those accusations from the president's former personal lawyer Michael Collins. Cohen appointed his finger at the president and said the president instructed him to commit a crime. A crime it during the 2016 election and it was not part that was really the zinger here. Because Colin said that that crime he committed those campaign finance violations the paying off of women who were accusing the president of affairs. That that all that was designed to help the president politically to help his campaign and not just. To help his marriage. So what happens next well for Colin like jail time considering the seriousness of the crimes that he pled tale. But for the president's consequences are really unknown territory. Many legal experts say the president of the United States probably cannot be indict it probably cannot had charges brought against him. Instead it law enforcement could make recommendations to congress based on Cohen's accusation. But either way for the president it's really a political question. More testimonies are hearings regarding the president explicitly those are all likely questions for members of congress. So suddenly those mid term elections that are just two and a half months away look even more significant. And whereas Michael Cole and only cost leaded guilty yesterday. Former campaign chairman Paul man a four he was found guilty by a jury for misleading the government and a beating tack says. Now none of those charges had anything to do with president trump or his campaign but they carry with them significant time behind bars. Linda Candace. And our thanks to Mary Alice were all waiting for the tweet storm that will no doubt come in just a matter of hours.

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