A new bombshell document was leaked Wednesday involving damaging evidence against those who plan to indict former President. 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.
Trump responded to the news and wrote on Truth Social, “Wow, look what was just found—A Letter from Cohen’s Lawyer to the Federal Election Commission. This is totally exculpatory, and must end the Manhattan District Attorney’s Witch Hunt, immediately. Cohen admits that he did it himself. The D.A. should get on with prosecuting violent criminals, so people can walk down the sidewalks of New York without being murdered!”
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 legitimacy of his statements and the motivations behind them.
It is unclear how the new evidence regarding Cohen’s payment to Stormy Daniels will impact the ongoing legal proceedings against former President Trump. While the letter from Cohen’s lawyer to the FEC appears to contradict Cohen’s testimony to Congress, it is ultimately up to the courts.
Trump’s response to the news suggests that he believes the letter exonerates him as he calls for an end to the investigation.
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.