Cohen paid a mysterious tech company $50,000 ‘in connection with’ Trump’s campaign
- President Donald Trump’s former lawyer, Michael Cohen, made a previously unreported payment of $50,000 to a tech company in connection with Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign.
- The document detailing the payment does not say which company Cohen paid the money to, or what, exactly, the company did for him.
- The payment suggests that Cohen may have been doing more for Trump, and for the Trump campaign, than had been previously known.
- Michael Cohen admits to paying off porn star
Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen guilty to charges of tax evasion, bank fraud and campaign finance violations. He also admitted to paying hush money to porn star Stormy Daniels ahead of the 2016
- Trump reacts… “If anyone is looking for a good lawyer, I would suggest that you don’t retain the services of Cohen!”
Paul Manafort guilty of Eight charges
Trump’s former election campaign chairman Paul Manafort, 69, was found guilty offive counts of tax fraud, two counts of bank fraud and one count of failure to disclose a foreign bank account
- Trump’s take… “Paul Manafort is a good man. It doesn’t involve me, but it’s a very sad thing”.
Donald Trump has suffered a double blow after his former campaign chief Paul Manafort was found guilty of fraud and his ex-lawyer Michael Cohen admitted to paying hush money to porn star Stormy Daniels ahead of the 2016 US election, potentially leaving the US President in legal jeopardy.
The duo paid dearly for their association with their former boss in near-simultaneous convictions that will mean years in jail.
In a stunning admission that implicates Trump, his former lawyer Cohen pleaded guilty to buying the silence of two women about their alleged affairs with Trump. Cohen, 51, pleaded guilty in the Southern District of New York to charges of tax evasion, making false statements to a federally-insured bank, and campaign finance violations.
The most-stunning admission he made in court before US District Judge William Pauley was that in 2016, Cohen had made payments of $280,000 to silence two women, who otherwise planned to speak publicly about their alleged affairs with a presidential candidate, thereby “intending to influence the 2016 presidential election”. The presidential candidate here is Trump and the payments were to adult film actress Daniels and a former Playboy playmate, a clear implication of the President. Cohen’s sentencing is scheduled for December 12.
Cohen told the judge that the payments to the women were made “in coordination with and at the direction of a candidate for federal office” and “for the principal purpose of influencing the election” for President in 2016. Trump has not been named by federal prosecutors in the charges against Cohen but has been identified as “Individual 1”.
The extraordinary admission came minutes after Trump’s former campaign chairman, 69-year-old Manafort, was convicted of five counts of tax fraud, two counts of bank fraud and one count of failure to disclose a foreign bank account. The jury was unable to reach a verdict on the remaining 10 counts, and the judge declared a mistrial on those charges. The two cases arose from special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. The events represent a significant victory for Mueller, who has been under pressure from Trump’s supporters to wind up what the president calls a “witch hunt”.
The Virginia trial of Manafort did not delve into the nature of Trump campaign contacts with Russia, which is the focus of the Mueller investigation. But the conviction of a figure as prominent as Manafort, who ran the Trump campaign for a crucial five-month period in 2016, was a blow to the White House and a boost for the special counsel. Prosecutors presented evidence that Manafort had lied in seeking personal loans and lied to the Internal Revenue Service in reporting income related to his political consulting work in Ukraine and elsewhere.