Victorious: Trump Cleared of Phony Hush-Money Accusations Made by His Former Lawyer/Convicted Felon Cohen

  • A New York court ruled on Wednesday to end the probe into allegations made by President Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen  that he paid to silence women who claimed they had extramarital affairs with Trump under the direction of the president.
  • The court also revealed that some of the documents will be made public as several media outlets have requested their release.
  • U.S. District Judge William Pauley II wrote: “The campaign finance violations discussed in the materials are a matter of national importance. Now that the Government’s investigation into these violations has concluded, it is time that every American has an opportunity to scrutinize the materials.”
  • With the case closed, it’s not likely that charges will be filed against anyone, including Trump.
  • However, “while current Justice Department policy is not to indict a sitting president, there was concern that prosecutors could have been preparing to charge Trump upon leaving office. If Trump were to lose the 2020 election, his presidency would end before the statute of limitations would run out.”
  • Prosecutors had claimed that paying the hush-money was in violation of campaign finance laws. The investigation also involved looking into Trump’s other personal affairs and his business, the Trump Organization.
  • According to prosecutors, “they found no evidence anyone at the Trump Organization were involved in the payments, which were made before the 2016 election.”
  • In a statement, Trump’s lawyer Jay Sekulow said: “We are pleased that the investigation surrounding these ridiculous campaign finance allegations is now closed. We have maintained from the outset that the President never engaged in any campaign finance violation.”
  • Cohen previously pled guilty to campaign finance violations for admitting that he paid adult film star Stormy Daniels and ex-Playboy model Karen McDougal allegedly at the behest of Trump to keep them quiet about their alleged trysts with Trump.
  • Cohen said he “arranged for those payments to benefit Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign, qualifying them as campaign contributions in excess of the legal maximum.”
  • Cohen is now “serving a three-year prison term in upstate New York for the campaign finance violations, as well as other offenses including bank and tax fraud.”


Reference Links

  • Fox: Trump team hails closure of Cohen hush-money case, as documents set for release READ
  • USA TODAY: Justice Department ends inquiry of hush-money payments in final months of Donald Trump’s campaign, judge says READ
  • Politico: Feds’ probe into Trump hush money payments is over, judge says READ
  • UPI: Prosecutors end inquiry into ‘hush money’ payments by ex-Trump attorney READ

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