We have a president who is obstructing justice before our very eyes, in real time. The fact that he is doing it in public does not make it any less of a crime—and the public should convict him for it at the ballot box.
Cohen's release comes a week after the release of Trump's ex-campaign chairman Paul Manafort into home-confinement over similar concerns.
What if we afforded the same compassion to people who aren't white, rich and well connected? People like Anthony Swain.
Joyce Vance said Tuesday that the president's latest round of pardons are for political gain rather than any commitment to justice.
Trump promised to surround himself with "only the best people in America." He succeeded, but through no fault of his own.
"As the daily drip, drip of testimony proves, there's still a lot of light that needs to come out," John Avlon said.
The Trump-Ukraine saga reaches years back, including attempts to get dirt on Clinton and block Manafort probe.
"I wonder, is there something special about Paul Manafort?" one former federal prosecutor asked.
"A prison sentence is not a license for gov torture and human rights violations," Ocasio-Cortez said on Wednesday.
"It's callous, it was hostile and totally unnecessary," Kevin Downing said about the additional sentence, amid yells of "traitor" directed at Manafort.
The former Trump campaign chairman's total sentencing is now seven and half years, but with time served he will spend a little less than seven years behind bars. Meanwhile, he has been indicted again.
Donald Trump's former campaign chief Paul Manafort could face several more years in prison, depending on what the judge in D.C. decides.
Former CIA Director John Brennan has no doubt Trump will pardon Paul Manafort, the only question is "when."
"He's always played at the margins," said GOP Senator John Kennedy.
"It did seem that the sentence maybe was much more than perhaps other people get for bigger crimes."
"You have a judge like T.S. Ellis, who looks at a defendant like Paul Manafort, sees someone rich, powerful, nearly 70 years old, and looks at a version himself," a former Justice Department official told MSNBC.
"The fake collusion narrative is simply too important to the media," said former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee.
"He has to be careful. They may think: 'Here's this rich guy who got caught and the president can't get him out so why is he more special than us?'"
Ellis will decide if Manafort will effectively spend the remainder of his life in prison.
Manafort will be sentenced in Virginia on Thursday before facing sentencing for a separate set of crimes in Washington, D.C.
"There have been major abuses of power, major obstruction of justice, obvious violations of the emoluments clause of the Constitution," Congressman Jerry Nadler said.
Donald Trump hasn't explicitly said he'll pardon Paul Manafort, but if he does, it won't affect state-level charges against him.
"He's exposed to more than 20 years in jail," Fox News Judge Andrew Napolitano said.
During a segment on MSNBC's "The Beat," Nick Ackerman told host Ari Melber that today's ruling could pressure Manafort to "tell the truth."
The Washington Post reported in January that the president had gone to "extraordinary lengths to conceal details of his conversations" with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
"What is it that they so desperately want to cover up?" Glenn Kirschner asked. "The concentric circles are tightening and tightening."
If special counsel Robert Mueller concludes there was collusion with Russia or obstruction of justice, most Americans think Trump should be removed from office, a new survey says.