Michael Cohen Reveals Oval Office Meeting With President Trump to Discuss Hush Money Payments
Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) the House Oversight Committee chairman, questioned Michael Cohen on his interactions with President Donald Trump regarding the hush money payment to porn star Stormy Daniels, and the lawyer revealed he had meetings in the Oval Office about the payment.
In his hearing, Cohen revealed that in February 2017, he met Trump in the Oval Office and the two discussed a reimbursement for paying off Daniels, real name Stephanie Clifford, who was paid $130,000 by Cohen to keep quiet about an affair with Trump.
Cummings highlighted one check sent to Cohen as a reimbursement for the payment, from March 2017, for $35,000.
“Hold up,” Cummings said. “The date on the check is after President Trump held his big press conference claiming that he gave up control of his businesses. How could the president have arranged for you to get this check if he was supposedly playing no role in his business?”
Cohen replied that the reimbursement was meant to be paid over of the course of 12 months and declared as a “retainer for services.” Cohen added there wasn’t actually a retainer agreement.
Cummings then brought up another check, this one signed by Trump himself, from August 2017 for $35,000.
“Let me make sure I understand,” the Democrat said. “Donald Trump wrote you a check out of his personal account while he was serving as president of the United States of America to reimburse you for hush money payments to Ms. Clifford. Is that what you are telling the American people today?”
“Yes Mr. Chairman,” Cohen replied.
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