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Cohen To Judge: Trump Directed Me To Violate Campaign Finance Law And Pay Stormy Daniels $130K


Cohen To Judge: Trump Directed Me To Violate Campaign Finance Law And Pay Stormy Daniels $130K

President Trump’s longtime personal lawyer Michael Cohen said Tuesday in court that he violated campaign finance laws “in coordination and at the direction of a candidate for federal office,” an indirect reference to President Trump.

Cohen on Tuesday pleaded guilty to eight counts of bank fraud, tax fraud and campaign finance law violations in the Southern District of New York.

While reviewing the charges in court, Cohen admitted to the judge that he made a $130,000 hush-money payment to Stormy Daniels at the direction of the candidate for federal office to keep someone quiet, and was later reimbursed by that same candidate.

The Hill notes:

At no point did Cohen refer to Trump by name, but the account matches Cohen’s payment to adult-film star Stormy Daniels in October 2016.

Cohen additionally told the judge he made a contribution of $150,000 at the direction of the candidate, which aligns with his payment to secure the rights to former Playboy model Karen McDougal’s account of an alleged affair with Trump.

Cohen admits to working “at direction of the candidate” Trump and national enquirer to silence Karen McDougal. He also admits to Stormy Daniels payment that he made “with and at direction of the same candidate.”

Deputy U.S. Attorney Robert Khuzami alleged that the president’s former lawyer “worked to pay money to silence two women who had information that (Cohen) believed would be detrimental to the 2016 campaign and to the candidate.”

Khuzami said that Cohen’s crimes demonstrated “a pattern of lies and dishonesty over an extended period of time.

“They are significant in their own right, they are particularly significant when done by a lawyer,” Khuzami said.

He added that Cohen “decided he was above the law, and for that he is going to pay a very, very serious price.”


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