Before Donald Trump attempted to extort the government of Ukraine to get dirt on his then-rival, Joe Biden, ahead of the 2020 presidential elections and before Trump incited a deadly riot at the Capitol Building to attempt an overthrow of the U.S. government to stay in power, his former attorney and “fixer,” Michael Cohen, paid a former adult film star to remain silent about an affair she had with Trump prior to the 2016 presidential election. That payment, made on Trump’s behalf to help his campaign but not reported as a donation or expense to the campaign, is against campaign finance laws.
Michael Cohen is meeting with the Manhattan district attorney’s office, the clearest sign that prosecutors are zeroing in on the Trump Organization’s involvement in hush-money payments made to adult film star Stormy Daniels https://t.co/qJQ8oNZugO
— CNN (@CNN) January 17, 2023
Because Cohen worked for the Trump Organization and because that organization reimbursed Cohen for the $130,000 payout, the Manhattan DA’s office investigating Trump’s business is now meeting with Cohen to gather information for that investigation. Cohen was spotted at the DA’s office on Tuesday where he told reporters that he had come at the investigators’ request.
Cohen has met with the investigators at least 13 times since their probe first began. The most recent direction of the investigation looked into the accuracy of the business’s reporting about its expenses and tax filings, which ended with a $1.6 million fine. Now, the investigation has turned once again to the campaign finance violation, which Cohen said he did at the behest of and benefit of the twice-impeached ex-president who lost the popular vote twice and tried to stage a coup.
According to CNN:
‘Bragg told CNN on Friday that the sentencing represented the closing of one chapter in the office’s investigation, but they are moving onto the next phase.“It’ll go as long as the facts and the law require,” Bragg said when asked how much longer the yearslong investigation will continue.’
Twitter was quick to react about the news of Cohen’s meeting with the Manhattan DA. Read some of their comments below: