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Feds Target Trump Organization’s Handling of Cohen’s Hush Money

Trump Tower

By Steve Neavling
Ticklethewire.com

The Trump Organization and two company officials are the target of a federal investigation involving payments to silence adult-film actress Stormy Daniels.

Prosecutors in the Manhattan District Attorney’s office are zeroing in on how the company handled hush money that then-Trump attorney Michael Cohen gave adult-film actress Stormy Daniels, the New York Times reports.

Prosecutors have discovered that the organization reimbursed Cohen as a legal expense and that company officials falsified legal invoices to hide the true purpose.

Cohen told a judge earlier this week that the money was intended to silence Daniels, who claimed she had affairs with Trump.

USA Today to Mueller: Force Trump’s Testimony with Subpoena After He Lied about Hush Money

President Trump

By Steve Neavling
Ticklethewire.com

President Trump’s stunning admission that he reimbursed his attorney for a $130,000 hush payment to porn actress Stormy Daniels is “monumental” because Trump acknowledged he lied a month ago when he denied any knowledge of the payout, the USA Today wrote in an editorial Thursday night.

The lie “undermines his credibility at a time when special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation is reaching a crucial juncture.”

“The Daniels disclosure exposes Trump’s willingness to lie publicly about pending legal matters,” the editorial board wrote. “(Presumably, he is coming clean now because he knows that information seized by authorities from attorney Michael Cohen will reveal the Daniels-related reimbursements.) That only reinforces the urgent need to have him testify under oath in the Russia matter.”

The USA Today argues Mueller should subpoena Trump if he refuses to testify, noting that President Clinton relented and finally testified following a subpoena.

Other Stories of Interest

Trump Admits He Reimbursed Cohen for Payment to Stormy Daniels After Insisting He Knew Nothing About It

President Trump, via White House

By Steve Neavling
Ticklethewire.com

President Trump confirmed Thursday morning that he reimbursed his longtime lawyer, Michael Cohen, for the $130,000 payment to porn actress Stormy Daniels.

It was an extraordinary admission on Twitter because Trump insisted last month that he was unaware of the payment, which the FBI is investigating. 

Trump’s explanation comes after Rudolph Giuliani, the former New York City mayor who recently joined the president’s legal team, acknowledged for the first time that Trump reimbursed Cohen for the payment.

Trump stressed that no campaign funds were used.

“Mr. Cohen, an attorney, received a monthly retainer, not from the campaign and having nothing to do with the campaign, from which he entered into, through reimbursement, a private contract between two parties, known as a non-disclosure agreement, or NDA,” Trump tweeted. “These agreements are very common among celebrities and people of wealth. In this case it is in full force and effect and will be used in Arbitration for damages against Ms. Clifford (Daniels).”

Trump said the payment “was used to stop the false and extortionist accusations made by her about an affair, despite already having signed a detailed letter admitting that there was no affair.”

Trump continued, “Prior to its violation by Ms. Clifford and her attorney, this was a private agreement. Money from the campaign, or campaign contributions, played no roll in this transaction.”

On Fox News, Giuliani told Sean Hannity that Trump “didn’t know about the specifics of it, as far as I know.”

Giuliani added, “But he did know the general arrangement, that Michael would take care of things like this, like I take care of things like this with my clients. I don’t burden them with every single thing that comes along. These are busy people.’’

Former Watergate Attorney: Trump Invoking Fifth Amendment Would Be ‘Political Suicide’

Former Watergate prosecutor Jill Wine-Banks.

By Steve Neavling
Ticklethewire.com

A former Watergate prosecutor warned that President Trump would commit “political suicide” if he invokes his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination in the lawsuit filed by pornographic film star Stormy Daniels.

“He cannot take the Fifth Amendment,” Jill Wine-Banks said on MSNBC. “That would be political suicide.”

Her comments follow news that longtime Trump attorney Michael Cohen plans to invoke the Fifth Amendment to avoid depositions and disclosing sensitive information that could be used against him in the criminal investigation.

“Michael Cohen can take the Fifth Amendment,” Wine-Banks said. “But the president of the United States cannot say, ‘I can’t answer questions because they might incriminate me in another matter.’ That just is not politically acceptable.”

Daniels filed a lawsuit against Cohen to get out of a nondisclosure agreement i which Cohen said he paid her $130,000 to stay quiet about an affair she said she had with Trump.

Michael Cohen, the longtime personal attorney of President Trump, plans to invoke his Fifth Amendment right to avoid testifying in a lawsuit filed against the president by pornographic film star known as Stormy Daniels.

Cohen, whose office, hotel room and home were raided by the FBI earlier this month as part of a criminal investigation by prosecutors in New York City, cited the probe in a court filing in California, where the lawsuit was filed, the New York Times reports. 

According to the filing, Cohen said if he’s called as witnesses in the lawsuit, “I will assert my 5th Amendment rights in connection with all proceedings in this case due to the ongoing criminal investigation by the F.B.I. and U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York.”

Cohen said he paid Daniels $130,000, which she said was meant to keep her quiet about claims that she had an affair with Trump in 2006.

By invoking the Fifth Amendment, Cohen won’t be subjected to depositions and be forced to disclose sensitive information that could be used against him in the criminal investigation.

Cohen to Invoke Fifth Amendment in Lawsuit by Stormy Daniels

Longtime Trump attorney Michael Cohen.

By Steve Neavling
Ticklethewire.com

Michael Cohen, the longtime personal attorney of President Trump, plans to invoke his Fifth Amendment right to avoid testifying in a lawsuit filed against the president by pornographic film star known as Stormy Daniels.

Cohen, whose office, hotel room and home were raided by the FBI earlier this month as part of a criminal investigation by prosecutors in New York City, cited the probe in a court filing in California, where the lawsuit was filed, the New York Times reports

According to the filing, Cohen said if he’s called as witnesses in the lawsuit, “I will assert my 5th Amendment rights in connection with all proceedings in this case due to the ongoing criminal investigation by the F.B.I. and U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York.”

Cohen said he paid Daniels $130,000, which she said was meant to keep her quiet about claims that she had an affair with Trump in 2006.

By invoking the Fifth Amendment, Cohen won’t be subjected to depositions and be forced to disclose sensitive information that could be used against him in the criminal investigation.

Feds Investigating National Enquirer’s $30,000 Payment over Trump Love-Child Rumor

President Trump, via White House

By Steve Neavling
Ticklethewire.com

Federal investigators who raided the office and hotel room of President Trump’s longtime personal attorney are zeroing in on the National Enquirer over payments to an ex-Playboy model and a former doorman who said he had juicy information on Trump having an illegitimate child with an employee at Trump World Tower.

The Associated Press reports that the Enquirer, the nation’s largest tabloid, paid $30,000 to ex-doorman Dino Sajudin for exclusive rights to the rumor about Trump fathering a child with an employee at Trump World Tower, a skyscraper the president owns near the United Nations. 

The National Enquirer never ran the story, effectively keeping the rumor quiet. The penalty for revealing the rumor to anyone else would subject Sajudin to a $1 million payment to the National Enquirer.

The FBI raided the office and hotel room of Trump’s attorney Michael Cohen earlier this week over a $130,000 payment he said he made to porn star Stormey Daniels, who claims she had an affair with Trump in 2006.

The AP wrote:

On Wednesday, an Enquirer sister publication, RadarOnline, published details of the payment and the rumor that Sajudin was peddling. The website wrote that the Enquirer spent four weeks reporting the story but ultimately decided it wasn’t true. The company only released Sajudin from his contract after the 2016 election amid inquiries from the Journal about the payment. The site noted that the AP was among a group of publications that had been investigating the ex-doorman’s tip.

During AP’s reporting, AMI threatened legal action over reporters’ efforts to interview current and former employees and hired the New York law firm Boies Schiller Flexner, which challenged the accuracy of the AP’s reporting.

Asked about the payment last summer, Dylan Howard, the Enquirer’s top editor and an AMI executive, said he made the payment to secure the former Trump doorman’s exclusive cooperation because the tip, if true, would have sold “hundreds of thousands” of magazines. Ultimately, he said the information “lacked any credibility,” so he spiked the story on those merits.

“Unfortunately…Dino Sajudin is one fish that swam away,” Howard told RadarOnline on Wednesday.

But four longtime Enquirer staffers directly familiar with the episode challenged Howard’s version of events. They said they were ordered by top editors to stop pursuing the story before completing potentially promising reporting threads.

FBI Raided Cohen’s Office In Search of Records About Hush Money to 2 Women Linked to Trump

Longtime Trump attorney Michael Cohen.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI raided the office of President Trump’s personal attorney on Monday in search of records about hush money paid to two women who say they had affairs with Trump, the New York Times reported Tuesday afternoon.

The search warrant for the office of Michael Cohen also sought information on the role the publisher of the National Enquirer played in silencing one of the women, Karen McDougal, a former Playboy model who claims she had an affair with Trump shortly after his son was born in 2006. McDougal received $150,000 from American Media Inc., the National Enquirer’s parent company, where Trump’s friend is the chief executive.

Agents also were looking for information related to Stormy Daniels, whom Cohen said he paid $130,000 as part of a non-disclosure agreement to keep quiet about her affair with Trump in 2006.

The search was handled by the public corruption unit of the Manhattan federal attorney’s office after receiving a referral from special counsel Robert Mueller, who was appointed to investigate Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

On Twitter on Tuesday, Trump called the investigation a “A TOTAL WITCH HUNT!!!” and said “Attorney–client privilege is dead!”

Trump even publicly floated the idea of firing Mueller, a move that Democrats and some Republicans said would lead to the president’s impeachment.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who appointed Mueller in May 2017, signed off on the FBI raid of Cohen’s office.

FBI Investigating Trump Attorney Cohen for Possible Bank Fraud, Campaign Finance Violations

Longtime Trump attorney Michael Cohen.

By Steve Neavling
Ticklethewire.com

The FBI is investigating President Trump’s longtime attorney, Michael Cohen, for possible campaign finance violations, bank fraud and wire fraud, the Washington Post reports.

Agents raided Cohen’s office, home and hotel room on Monday, seizing emails, tax documents and even records involving communications with his clients. Among the documents seized was information related to porn actress Stormy Daniels, whom Cohen paid $130,000 as part of a non-disclosure agreement to keep quiet about an affair she had with Trump in 2006.

Trump has denied knowledge of Cohen’s payment to Stormy Daniels, and Cohen has maintained that he used a home-equity line of credit to finance the payment.

Trump lashed out at the aggressive tactics Tuesday morning. 

“Attorney–client privilege is dead!” Trump tweeted shortly after 7 a.m. Tuesday.

Less than a minute later, Trump tweeted: “A TOTAL WITCH HUNT!!!”

Legal experts said it appears the FBI is investigating Cohen for bank and wire fraud.