The guilty plea was part of a double dose of bad news for Trump: It came at nearly the same moment his former campaign chair, Paul Manafort, was convicted in Alexandria, Virginia, of eight financial crimes in the first trial to come out of special counsel Robert Mueller's sprawling Russian Federation investigation.
Trump began that effort on Wednesday morning, attacking Cohen while signaling his support for his former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, who was convicted on eight counts of financial crimes Tuesday afternoon.
"They didn't come out of the campaign, they came from me and I tweeted about it", Trump said.
"Unlike Michael Cohen, he refused to "break" - make up stories in order to get a 'deal, '" tweeted the president.
And he sought to discredit Cohen - contrasting his actions with those of Manafort, whom he called "such a courageous man". Cohen admitted he had arranged payments to two women, alleging he had done so at the behest of "the candidate", for the "principal goal of influencing (the) election".
The payments to the women could be regarded as an illegal campaign expenditure if the money was clearly meant to influence the 2016 election. "And they're weren't taken out of campaign finance". While the Manafort case was part of Mueller's investigation, the Cohen case was not.
Also on Wednesday, Cohen's lawyer Lanny Davis said his client has information of interest to special counsel Robert Mueller handling the Russian Federation probe.
Legal filings from the case revealed that executives at Trump Organization okayed $420,000 in reimbursements to Cohen to pay of these women, then tried to hide the true nature of those payments by describing them as legal fees and retainers. "And we know he publicly cheered it on, but did he have private information?"
Davis said Cohen's possible knowledge of criminal conspiracy was not limited to the June 2016 meeting at Trump Tower between Donald Trump Jr., and Kremlin-aligned lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya.
It was not clear if Robert Mueller's team would be meeting with Michael Cohen.
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Cohen's own lawyer, in a string of interviews early Wednesday, took aim at the president, dubbing him a "criminal".
Cohen worked for years as Trump's personal lawyer and fixer, two roles that give him extensive knowledge of the president's business and personal dealings.
Writing on the Lawfare blog, former White House counsel Bob Bauer argued that the Cohen campaign-finance plea will resonate "unmistakably" with Mueller's investigation, "which also concerns what a candidate is prepared to do to win an election and then cover his tracks".
"Where is the collusion?"
"He was with a lot of different people over the years and I feel very sad about that", he said. "This has nothing what they started out looking for - Russians involved in our campaign, there were none".
Democrats are likely to make corruption a major issue, both before and after the elections, especially if they win control of the House and Senate.
In exactly a week, Manafort will be back in court in Virginia to be sentenced.
It all adds up to a "very big deal", said Neal Katyal, a former USA solicitor general.
Most legal experts say a sitting president can not be indicted for a crime, but the Constitution allows Congress to impeach and remove a president from office for "high crimes and misdemeanors". "This is the first time anything like this since Watergate, and it will begin the call for impeachment proceedings".