A new bombshell document has been leaked in the potential Trump indictment. The letter from 2018, sent by Michael Cohen’s lawyer to the Federal Election Commission, shows that Cohen had used his own personal funds to pay adult film actress Stormy Daniels $130,000.
The letter also stated that neither the Trump Organization nor the Trump campaign were involved in the transaction and did not reimburse Cohen for the payment, either directly or indirectly.
Michael Cohen’s 2018 letter to the FEC regarding the payment to Stormy Daniels appears to contradict his sworn testimony to Congress a year later. In his testimony, Cohen stated under oath that Donald Trump instructed him to use his own personal funds, obtained from a Home Equity Line of Credit, to pay off the adult film actress with whom he had an affair.
Cohen further testified that Trump made this request to avoid any potential negative impact on his campaign by ensuring that the payment couldn’t be traced back to him. This discrepancy between the letter and Cohen’s testimony raises questions about the veracity of his statements and the motivations behind them.
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2018 Letter from Michael Cohen’s lawyer to the FEC declares Cohen used his own personal funds to pay Stormy Daniels. Trump Camp. NOT party to transaction, did NOT reimburse Cohen for payment. It’s OVER pic.twitter.com/QacsjSbZAz
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Daily Mail writes:
After canceling today’s [Wednesday’s] session, the grand jury has been asked to return at noon Thursday, when prosecutors ‘may present one more witness,’ a court official told DailyMail.com.
The letter appears to be in direct conflict with Cohen’s sworn testimony to Congress given a year later.
Cohen said under oath that Trump ‘asked me to pay off an adult film star with whom he had an affair,’ and that ‘Mr. Trump directed me to use my own personal funds from a Home Equity Line of Credit to avoid any money being traced back to him that could negatively impact his campaign.’
But in a February 8, 2018 letter to the Federal Election Commission (FEC), Cohen’s attorney Stephen Ryan wrote: ‘Mr. Cohen used his own personal funds’, and that ‘Neither the Trump Organization nor the Trump campaign was a party to the transaction with Ms. Clifford, and neither reimbursed Mr. Cohen for the payment directly or indirectly.’
The letter was written in response to an FEC probe launched after complaints of campaign finance violations, lodged by Paul Ryan and the organization Common Cause.
‘In a private transaction in 2016, before the U.S. presidential election, Mr. Cohen used his own personal funds to facilitate a payment of $130,000 to Ms. Stephanie Clifford,’ Cohen’s lawyer, who worked at McDermott Will & Emery, wrote.
‘Neither the Trump Organization nor the Trump campaign was a party to the transaction with Ms. Clifford, and neither reimbursed Mr. Cohen for the payment directly or indirectly.
‘Contrary to the allegations in the complaint, which are entirely speculative, neither Mr. Cohen nor Essential Consultants LLC made any in-kind contributions to Donald J. Trump for President, Inc., or any other presidential campaign committee.