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at his direction president Donald trump's former lawyer and fixer Michael Coen delivered explosive public testimony in an extremely contentious congressional hearing , which underscored several legal risks trump currently faces including hush money payments and hacks democratic emails but do the allegations conclusively implicate the president in criminal conduct writers legal correspondent John wolf Michael Cullen says Donald Trump knew in advance about wikileaks major dump of hacked emails involving Hillary Clinton so that's a pretty explosive allegation that said merely knowing about those plans might not be enough to you make Donald Trump a co conspirator in any sort of alleged scheme any sort of conspiracy to subvert the election is not a smoking gun by any stretch going also said trump personally reimbursed him for making hush money payments to porn star stormy Daniels during the twenty sixteen campaign providing as evidence copies of checks made to him by trump and his son don junior will says those checks might not be enough either ignorance of the law is usually an excuse for campaign finance laws a bit different prosecutors would have to show to Donald from new he was breaking the law and yes so now we have a lot of evidence of a planter to pay off stormy Daniels but we what we lack is evidence that Donald from knew what he was doing was illegal and that's actually something that's not often talked about but is a crucial part of a case do doesn't give you orders he speaks in a code he says he lied to Congress about when negotiations over a trump tower and Russia ended and now in his written statement he saying it was made clear to him those are his words by Donald Trump that he should lie so the big question among legal experts is this is constitute Donald Trump conspiring with him to make that full statement to Congress the Coens testimony was also potentially incriminating for trump on other allegations including using his charitable organization as a slush fund and deflating assets to Dodge paying taxes Cohen's testimony certainly leaves open the possibility that that there's other and , being conducted implicating trump that we don't even know about it could be this is all just the beginning of president trump's legal troubles the White House denies any wrongdoing by the president cone is back for more Thursday this time before the house intelligence committee behind closed doors