President Trump, his spokespeople and his attorneys have changed their story repeatedly about what the president knew about hush money to women and when he knew about it. Trump's story changed again this week after his one-time lawyer Michael Cohen pleaded guilty to criminal campaign finance violations associated with those payments.
Perhaps more damaging for Mr Trump, though, is that Mr Cohen is reportedly willing to speak with Special Counsel Robert Mueller that his former boss knew about a "conspiracy to collude" with Russian Federation during the 2016 presidential campaign.
"You know the only reason I gave him the job?"
Mr Cohen's admission has thrown Mr Trump's presidency into crisis and raises questions about the President's own legal jeopardy.
"While I am Attorney General, the actions of the Department of Justice will not be improperly influenced by political considerations", Sessions said in what was seen as a veiled jab at Trump. "And they didn't come out of the campaign, and that's big". Trump said it might be better if "flipping" - cooperating with prosecutors in exchange for more favorable treatment- were illegal because people cooperating with the government "just make up lies".
"For 30, 40 years I've been watching flippers", the president said in the interview.
That tool "almost ought to be outlawed".
Cohen's plea came as Manafort was found guilty on eight charges in a separate financial fraud trial in Alexandria, Virginia, stemming from a federal investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 USA election and possible coordination with the Trump campaign.
"Mr Cohen has knowledge on certain subjects that should be of interest to the special counsel and is more than happy to tell the special counsel all that he knows", Mr Davis told the network.
Trump hasn't been indicted for this verifiable crime because, as a sitting president, he can't be.
"If I ever got impeached, I think the market would crash".
Trump Tells Fox News He Knew About Hush Money Payments ‘Later On’
Michael Cohen , President Donald Trump's former personal attorney and fixer, exits federal court, 21 August 2018 in New York City. In the U.S. campaign contributions, which are said to be payments made to influence an election, must be disclosed.
Asked about what he thought of a last-minute order by Trump to catch a flight to Iowa to tend to some business during the campaign, Weisselberg said in one deposition that "it doesn't matter what I thought". You can't be political in doing it. A Time magazine cover, part of a series showing Trump behind the Resolute Desk in the White House, illustrated him gasping for breath in an Oval Office that was flooding with the caption reading: In Deep.
Trump can hardly complain about Giuliani bolting to a Scottish course - the president did so himself during his visit to the United Kingdom last month. And it was not clear the West Wing was assembling any kind of coordinated response.
A similar example of detachment from reality is the president's and his allies' refusal to acknowledge he lied about knowing of the illegal 2016 hush-money payments.
The White House denied the president had lied, with Sanders calling the assertion "ridiculous".
Calls and emails to the Trump Organization to reach Weisselberg and general counsel Alan Garten were not immediately answered.
A bad day in court for his former associates could foreshadow hard days ahead for President Donald Trump.
At the same time, the president praised former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, who was convicted on Tuesday of multiple counts of fraud, as a "brave man" for not cooperating with federal authorities. That relationship crumbled over the last few months, especially after a federal raid of his office, hotel and home in April.
Cohen pleaded guilty on Tuesday to eight charges, including campaign finance violations that he said he carried out in co-ordination with Mr Trump.
Trump aimed an especially vicious attack at Sessions, whom he has criticized often, again for recusing himself from the Russian Federation investigation, saying Sessions should have warned him when he got the job that he planned to do so.
It wasn't long ago that Cohen pledged his complete loyalty to Trump, even saying publicly he'd take a bullet for his boss.
And even Trump loyalists acknowledged the judicial proceedings were a blow to the GOP's chances of retaining the majority this year. She continuously pitches back to the fact the president hasn't been charged with a crime.
Former George W. Bush press secretary Ari Fleischer stressed that the revelations may be sordid but do not meet the constitutional bar of "high crimes and misdemeanors". He had also brokered a deal whereby the National Enquirer bought the rights to a story about a Trump affair with a Playboy model, to kill it.