Michael Cohen to Reportedly Produce Second Hush Money Check Signed by Donald Trump, Jr.
Michael Cohen is reportedly planning on revealing on Wednesday a check that is alleged to have been repayment for hush money he gave to President Donald Trump’s supposed former paramours signed by the president’s son Donald Trump Jr.
In advance of a public congressional hearing Wednesday, Cohen’s team has appeared to have released evidence he plans to show and prepared testimony to CNN. We’ve already learned that, according to Cohen, Trump was made aware of the damaging Wikileaks dump of anti-Hillary Clinton emails by Roger Stone.
Now we are learning that the alleged hush money scheme towards payments to Stormy Daniels and Karen MacDougal, which is the campaign conspiracy of which Michael Cohen has pleaded guilty, now includes not just the president, but also his son Don Jr.
After breaking this news on CNN’s New Day, host John Berman asked guest CNN’s Chief Legal Analyst Jeffrey Toobin for insights into this developing story.
Toobin reminded viewers that “Michael Cohen pleaded guilty to was making an unlawful campaign contribution by paying off Stormy Daniels on the eve of the election. Keeping her quiet to benefit Donald Trump’s campaign.” He then posed the question “did Michael Cohen have co-conspirators in that enterprise, this criminal enterprise of the unlawful campaign contributions?”
“These two checks, the one check we’ve seen from Donald Trump the president, and the other check that you’re describing signed by Donald Trump junior and Alan Weisselberg, the Chief Financial Officer of the Trump Organization, are, according to Michael Cohen, the reimbursement checks, or at least part of the reimbursement checks, which would implicate all three of them. That is Weisselberg, Donald Trump Jr., and the president in this criminal conspiracy.”
UPDATE – 9:37 a.m. ET: Here’s a picture of the Trump Jr. check, which was also signed by Trump Organization Chief Operating Officer Allen Weisselberg:
Cohen plans to show a second $35k check signed by Don Jr. and Trump Org COO Allen Weisselberg from March 2017, @NBCNews reports. Cohen will say both checks were part of the reimbursement plan for the hush payments https://t.co/Hy3gTzyiSx pic.twitter.com/SCEAqMlXdh
— Allan Smith (@akarl_smith) February 27, 2019
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