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PoliticsDocuments on Trump ex-lawyer's porn star hush payment released

18:30  18 july  2019
18:30  18 july  2019 Source:   reuters.com

Judge orders release of docs tied to Cohen's hush-money payments to Stormy Daniels

Judge orders release of docs tied to Cohen's hush-money payments to Stormy Daniels Judge William Pauley III told prosecutors to release the materials by 11 a.m. Thursday. Last August, Cohen admitted to making illegal payments to two women, identified as porn star Stormy Daniels and former Playboy model Karen McDougal, at Trump's behest to silence them ahead of the 2016 election. Trump has denied the affairs.

A lawyer for Cohen could not immediately be reached. Pauley ordered many of the search warrant materials about Cohen’ s personal business dealings unsealed earlier this year, but allowed documents on to the hush -money payments to remain secret because they were related to an ongoing

A lawyer for Cohen could not immediately be reached. Pauley ordered many of the search warrant materials about Cohen' s personal business dealings unsealed earlier this year, but allowed documents on to the hush -money payments to remain secret because they were related to an ongoing

Documents on Trump ex-lawyer's porn star hush payment released© Provided by CNBC LLC Michael Cohen, the former personal attorney of U.S. President Donald Trump, testifies before a House Committee on Oversight and Reform hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., February 27, 2019.

NEW YORK, July 18 (Reuters) - Hundreds of pages of documents regarding hush-money payments by Donald Trump's former personal lawyer Michael Cohen to a porn star and a Playboy model who said they had sexual encounters with the president were made public on Thursday, offering a window into a probe that began last year and landed Cohen in prison.

U.S. District Judge William Pauley in Manhattan on Wednesday had ordered that the material, used by prosecutors to obtain a 2018 search warrant for Cohen's home and office, be unsealed on Thursday morning. The judge found there was no reason to keep the documents secret after prosecutors told him that their investigation into the payments had ended.

Feds end investigation into Trump Org and hush money payments

Feds end investigation into Trump Org and hush money payments Federal prosecutors in New York have ended their investigation into the Trump Organization's role in hush money payments made to women who alleged affairs during the 2016 election with President Donald Trump

A lawyer for Cohen could not immediately be reached. Pauley ordered many of the search warrant materials about Cohen' s personal business dealings unsealed earlier this year, but allowed documents on to the hush -money payments to remain secret because they were related to an ongoing

A lawyer for Cohen could not immediately be reached. Pauley ordered many of the search warrant materials about Cohen' s personal business dealings unsealed earlier this year, but allowed documents on to the hush -money payments to remain secret because they were related to an ongoing

Cohen, 52, pleaded guilty in August 2018 to violating campaign finance law by directing payments of $130,000 to adult film star Stormy Daniels and $150,000 to Playboy model Karen McDougal to avert a scandal shortly before the 2016 presidential election. Both women have said they had sexual encounters with Trump more than a decade ago, and that the money was meant to buy their silence. Trump has denied the encounters.

Cohen, who was once Trump's self-described "fixer," began serving a three-year prison sentence in May for his campaign finance violations and other crimes, including making false statements to a bank and tax evasion.

Pauley had ordered many of the search warrant material about Cohen's personal business dealings unsealed earlier this year, but allowed the hush-money documents to remain secret because an investigation involving the payments was still in progress.

Cohen pleaded guilty last November to separate charges brought by the office of former Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller, who was investigating contacts between Trump's 2016 presidential campaign and Russia. Cohen admitted he lied to Congress about the extent of contacts between Trump and Russians during the campaign.

(Reporting by Brendan Pierson in New York; Editing by Noeleen Walder and Will Dunham)

Schiff suggests Justice Department could reopen Trump hush-money probe once president is out of office.
The Intelligence Committee chairman said he assumes the case "will be reopened when he leaves office and the Justice Department will have to weigh whether to indict the former president." Schiff earlier said "it's been clear," based on comments from special counsel Robert Mueller, that the Department of Justice is bound by an Office of Legal Counsel memo that says a sitting president cannot be indicted. "From my point of view, if the evidence supports that, he should be indicted," Schiff added.

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