After Turning the Screws on Michael Cohen, New York Prosecutors Shift Focus to Trump Family Business
New York prosecutors have shifted their focus to the Trump family business after turning the screws on Michael Cohen and calling for a ‘substantial’ prison term for Trump’s former-lawyer-turned-rat.
New York prosecutors weren’t just gunning for Michael Cohen, they linked his crimes to President Trump, referring to the President as “individual-1” in a legal filing Friday.
The prosecutors have continued to probe what people in Trump’s orbit may have known about the hush payments made to porn star Stormy Daniels and Playboy model Karen McDougal, two women Trump is alleged to have had affairs with several years ago.
In August, Michael Cohen pleaded guilty to breaking campaign finance laws ‘at the direction of a candidate,’ – and will be sentenced on Wednesday. Now New York prosecutors are digging around to see who else in the Trump Organization was involved in so-called campaign finance violations, according to a report by the New York Times.
The New York Times reported:
In addition to implicating Mr. Trump in the payments to the two women, Mr. Cohen has told prosecutors that the company’s chief financial officer was involved in discussions about them, a claim that is now a focus of the inquiry, according to the people, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the investigation is ongoing.
Mr. Cohen has told prosecutors that he believes Mr. Trump personally approved the company’s decision to reimburse him for one of the payments, one of the people said.
Neither the chief financial officer, Allen Weisselberg, nor any other executives at the Trump Organization have been accused of wrongdoing and there is no indication that anyone at the company will face charges in connection with the inquiry.
But in recent weeks, the prosecutors contacted the company to renew a request they had made earlier this year for documents and other materials, according to the people. The precise nature of the materials sought was unclear, but the renewed request is further indication that prosecutors continue to focus on the president’s company even as the case against Mr. Cohen comes to a close, the people said.
At the time of the payments to the two women, Mr. Trump was the head of the company, and although he turned over its management to his elder sons, he still owns it through a trust. While the prevailing view at the Justice Department is that a sitting president cannot be indicted, the prosecutors in Manhattan could consider charging him after leaving office. It is also possible the prosecutors could seek his testimony before he leaves office if they continue the investigation into anyone else who might have had a role in the crimes, a person briefed on the matter said.
The Deep State is constrained by the Constitution and cannot arrest Trump while he is the president of the United States so they are making sure as soon as he leaves his post in the White House, he is set up to be indicted on any crime they can find–even if they have to invent crimes.
Leaker and liar Rep. Adam Schiff told CBS’s “Face the Nation,” on Sunday that President Trump faces “the real prospect of jail time” after he leaves office.
“There’s a very real prospect that on the day Donald Trump leaves office, the Justice Department may indict him. That he may be the first president in quite some time to face the real prospect of jail time,” he said on CBS’s “Face the Nation.”
FOX News legal expert Gregg Jarrett has argued for months that a candidate can use his own money, like billionaire Donald Trump did, and not campaign funds to pay off former lovers.
Jarrett told Hannity you can make unlimited contributions to his own campaign.