Michael Cohen meets with New York prosecutors looking into the Trump Organization. and Stormy Daniels payments


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CNN

Former President Donald Trump’s former personal attorney Michael Cohen met Tuesday with the Manhattan district attorney’s office, in the clearest indication that prosecutors are focused on the Trump Organization’s involvement in hush money payments made to adult movie star Stormy Daniels.

Upon arriving at the building, Cohen said he was complying with the prosecution’s interview request.

“My name is. He asked them to come. This is what we do,” he said.

After about 90 minutes, Cohen left with his attorney, Lanny Davis, and said, “It went well.” He added that prosecutors asked him not to divulge the gist of what was discussed but, Cohen said, “It looks like I’ll probably meet with them again.”

Davis said he believes prosecutors are “serious” about the investigation.

Cohen previously met with Manhattan prosecutors 13 times over the course of their thorough investigation into the Trump Organization. Their meeting on Tuesday is the first in more than a year.

The focus of the DA’s investigation has returned to the $130,000 that Daniels was paid to prevent her from disclosing an affair with Trump before the 2016 election, people familiar with the matter said. Trump has denied the issue.

Keith Davidson, who represented Daniels in the silent money deal, has also been approached by the attorney general’s office, a person familiar with the matter said in recent weeks, but no date has been set for an interview with him.

Cohen was a major player in the silent money scheme. He facilitated the payments and was compensated by the Trump Organization. to give money to Daniels. Cohen pleaded guilty to nine federal charges, including campaign finance violations, and was sentenced to three years in prison.

Prosecutors are also looking into possible insurance fraud, the sources said, after new material emerged from the New York attorney general’s civil investigation into the accuracy of the Trump Organization’s financial statements.

On Friday, the Trump Organization was fined $1.6 million after being found guilty last month of a decade-old tax fraud scheme.

Bragg told CNN on Friday that the ruling marks the closure of one chapter in the bureau’s investigation, but that they are moving on to the next.

“It will continue as long as the facts and the law require,” Bragg said when asked how long the investigation would last. “But as I said today, we have finished a very important chapter. So, a large part of the year has been focused on this very important chapter, and now we move on to the next.”

Bragg inherited an investigation that focused on the accuracy of the Trump Organization’s financial statements, but did not authorize prosecutors to move forward with an indictment request. At the time, he said that when the investigation was over he would announce the charges or the investigation would be closed.

This story has been updated with additional details.

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