WHITE HOUSE SCANDALS
Donald Trump now has his back against the wall
For years, the president has depended on a culture of loyalty from those surrounding him — first in business and then in the White House, writes Courtney Weaver
Last week in the US was best summed up in the words of Stormy Daniels. "How ya like me now?!" the adult film actress tweeted on the evening US President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, and former campaign manager, Paul Manafort, both found themselves convicted on eight counts each. Seven months after Daniels burst into public consciousness with allegations of a 2006 affair with Trump and an alleged pay-off, we are starting to see how those claims might play out for him and those in his orbit. Last week a Virginia jury convicted Manafort of bank and tax fraud, just hours before Cohen pleaded guilty to eight separate charges in a New York courtroom, including violating US campaign finance law. By Friday we learnt that Allen Weisselberg, the CFO of the Trump Organisation, had been given immunity in exchange for testifying about the payments made to Daniels and a former Playboy model, Karen McDougal, in exchange for their silence over their alleged affairs with Trump. Dav...