It’s getting harder and harder to escape the fact that President Donald Trump participated in a felony criminal enterprise. This Wednesday, his former lawyer Michael Cohen was sentenced to three years in prison for his role in an illegal hush money scheme with Trump and now, another interest involved has admitted that they too are guilty of criminal activity that warrants prosecution.
The U.S. Attorney’s office for the Southern District of New York revealed shortly after Cohen was sentenced that they’d reached a cooperation agreement with American Media, Inc. in the face of their admitted criminal role in the hush money efforts. AMI — the National Enquirer‘s parent company — paid off former Playboy model Karen McDougal in a secret effort to buoy the Trump campaign against allegations of sexual impropriety against the then-candidate, considering Trump and McDougal had an affair.
As SDNY prosecutors put it:
‘AMI admitted that it made the $150,000 payment in concert with a candidate’s presidential campaign, and in order to ensure that the woman did not publicize damaging allegations about the candidate before the 2016 presidential election.’
The push to ensure the affair story didn’t get out before the election was the “principal” drive at play, according to prosecutors.
AMI, the parent company of National Enquirer, has reached a deal with SDNY prosecutors and is cooperating. pic.twitter.com/PwGkigxgQq
— Stephen Brown (@PPVSRB) December 12, 2018
They further asserted in their statement that considering all of this, they agreed not to prosecute the company only if it continued to cooperate with their demands.
Cohen wasn’t so lucky, with the judge in his case going along with SDNY prosecutors’ suggestion for a substantial prison sentence.
Recently, incoming House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff suggested that Trump could face prison time after he leaves office. As the days go on and more developments come out, that possibility seems less and less far fetched — and that’s not even considering the Russia scandal.