OAN Geraldyn Berry and Brooke Mallory
UPDATED 6:35 PM – Wednesday, March 22, 2023
A brand-new, shocking document on the alleged Trump indictment has now surfaced.
Trump’s lawyer, Michael Cohen, had reportedly used his own personal funds to pay adult film actress Stormy Daniels a whopping $130,000, according to a 2018 letter sent by Cohen’s lawyer to the Federal Election Commission (FEC).
The 2018 letter revealed that neither the former President Donald Trump nor his business organizations were involved in the suspicious transaction. It also stated that Trump’s lawyer was not reimbursed for the payment, neither directly nor indirectly.
Cohen’s lawyer, Stephen Ryan, had sent the FEC a letter regarding the payment to Stormy Daniels which contradicted his own statement about the former president’s involvement.
“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 said.
Under oath, Cohen said that Trump asked him to pay off an adult film star with whom he had an affair, and that Mr. Trump directed him to use his 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.
However, Ryan noted in a letter to the FEC, dated February 8th, 2018, saying “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 memo was written in response to an FEC investigation that was started as a result of accusations of improper campaign financing, made by Paul Ryan and the group 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… 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,” said Cohen’s lawyer, who worked at McDermott Will & Emery.
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