Law professor: Trump unlikely to face ramifications from Cohen’s guilty pleas

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A constitutional law professor told News 12 that President Donald Trump is unlikely to face any ramifications, even after his former attorney pleaded guilty Tuesday to eight charges, including campaign finance violations.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters Wednesday that President Trump committed no crime, one day after Michael Cohen implicated that he acted at the direction of the president when paying hush money to two women who claimed to have an affair with Mr. Trump before he was elected.

"As the president has stated on numerous occasions, he did nothing wrong,” she said.

Constitutional law professor Richard Klein, of Touro College, says that just paying hush money isn't a crime at all.

"The crime here would be the illegal use of campaign funds because you can't use campaign funds without going ahead and accounting for the expenditure of them," said Klein. "The underlying question is what did Donald Trump know?"

Klein added that the “general consensus in the legal, academic world is that you cannot indict a sitting president.”

He said that President Trump could still be impeached, but does not believe that is likely.

Some Long Islanders News 12 spoke with say they think President Trump should be held accountable.

"I think he should be removed from office is what I think, but that will not happen. He's too powerful," said Denise Cucurullo, of Jericho.

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