Categories for Michael Cohen

26,735. 7/19/2019

DEMS/JUSTICE DEPARTMENT/MICHAEL COHEN/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/WOMEN: “House Democrats want to know whether a decades-old Justice Department prohibition on indicting a sitting president played a role in federal prosecutors’ decision not to criminally charge President Donald Trump over hush money payments that he directed his fixer to pay to women. The prohibition, laid out in a 2000 memo by the Justice Department Office of Legal Counsel, was also a key factor in former special counsel Robert Mueller’s decision to refrain from considering whether to charge Trump with obstruction of justice for his repeated attempts to thwart the investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election. Now Democrats on the House Oversight Committee say the federal prosecutors based in the Southern District of New York should disclose whether they made a similar analysis. The president’s longtime lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen was jailed earlier this year, in part for his role in hush payments to women accusing Trump of extramarital affairs, and he implicated the president in the scheme.”

Kyle Cheney, “Dems ask whether DOJ memo prevented prosecuting Trump for hush payments,” Politico, July 19, 2019 2:49 pm

26,662. 7/17/2019

COURTS/INVESTIGATIONS/MICHAEL COHEN/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/WOMEN: “A judge on Wednesday [7-17-19] ordered the release of documents relating to hush-money payments by Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer Michael Cohen to two women who said they had sexual encounters with the president and disclosed that federal prosecutors had ended their investigation of the matter. U.S. District Judge William Pauley in Manhattan ordered that the documents, used by prosecutors to obtain a search warrant for Cohen’s home and office last year, must be unsealed by 11 a.m. (1500 GMT) on Thursday [7-18-19], declaring the issue of ‘national importance.’ Cohen, 52, pleaded guilty in 2018 to 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. Trump has denied having the encounters more than a decade ago with Daniels and McDougal. Pauley said because prosecutors had informed him that their investigation of the payments was over, there was no reason to keep the documents secret.”

Brendan Pierson, “Judge orders release of documents related to hush payments by Trump’s ex-lawyer,” Reuters, July 17, 2019 10:25 am

26,658. 7/17/2019

CAMPAIGN FINANCE/INVESTIGATIONS/MICHAEL COHEN/NEW YORK/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “A federal judge in Manhattan disclosed on Wednesday [7-17-19] that prosecutors have concluded their investigation into campaign finance violations involving President Trump and ordered that they publicly release some of their files, a new twist in a case that had threatened to upend the Trump presidency. The judge’s order did not answer one of the lingering questions of the investigation: whether prosecutors in the United States attorney’s office in Manhattan still plan to file additional charges in connection with the case. The investigation, which centered on hush money payments arranged during the 2016 presidential campaign to two women who said they had affairs with Mr. Trump, already resulted in the conviction of the president’s former fixer, Michael D. Cohen. Mr. Cohen, who is now serving a three-year prison sentence, has said he helped arrange the hush money at the direction of Mr. Trump, an accusation that the federal prosecutors in Manhattan ultimately repeated in court papers.”

Ben Protess, William K. Rashbaum and Benjamin Weiser, “Investigation Into Trump Campaign Finance Violations Is Over, Judge Says,” The New York Times online, July 17, 2019

26,126. 6/28/2019

ETHICS/GOP/HOUSE OF REPS/INVESTIGATIONS/MICHAEL COHEN/TRUMP PEOPLE: “The U.S. House of Representatives Ethics Committee said on Friday [6-28-19] it will investigate Republican lawmaker Matt Gaetz after allegations he tried to threaten and influence the congressional testimony of President Donald Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen. Gaetz came under scrutiny earlier this year for a Twitter post that critics said was meant to intimidate Cohen the night before his public testimony on Capitol Hill. The tweet suggested that compromising information about Cohen’s private life might soon be released…The Ethics Committee said it received a complaint in March from a member of Congress about Gaetz, a second-term Republican from Florida’s Panhandle who is closely allied with Trump. An investigative subcommittee was established to review the allegations after Gaetz declined an interview request, the committee said in a statement Friday [6-28-19].”

Reuters Staff, “Congress ethics panel probes Gaetz over ex-Trump lawyer Cohen,” Reuters, June 28, 2019 11:33 am

26,117. 6/28/2019

ETHICS/HOUSE OF REPS/MICHAEL COHEN/TRUMP PEOPLE: “Representative Matt Gaetz, an outspoken Florida Republican with close ties to President Trump, has landed in hot water — again. The bipartisan leaders of the House Ethics Committee said on Friday [6-28-19] that Mr. Gaetz had flouted their requests for an in-person interview to answer to accusations that he had ‘sought to threaten, intimidate, harass or otherwise improperly influence’ the congressional testimony of Michael D. Cohen, Mr. Trump’s former personal lawyer and fixer. Refusing to talk to the committee, which polices the ethical conduct of House members, is exceedingly rare, and the committee leaders said Mr. Gaetz had left them no choice but to form a special investigative subcommittee to look further into the possible threat…The inquiry stems from a post on Twitter that Mr. Gaetz wrote in February on the eve of congressional testimony by Mr. Cohen in which the congressman threatened to expose what he said were Mr. Cohen’s extramarital affairs. Democrats called the tweet a clear effort to intimidate Mr. Cohen, who promised to and ultimately did implicate Mr. Trump in possible crimes and other unsavory behavior.”

Nicholas Fandos, “Matt Gaetz, a Trump Ally, Is in Hot Water Again for Cohen Threat,” The New York Times online, June 28, 2019

25,214. 5/22/2019

FBI/MICHAEL COHEN/RUSSIA INVESTIGATION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP BUSINESS: “Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s longtime lawyer, was in constant contact with — and received thousands of dollars from — a Russia-linked firm starting on Election Day in 2016, newly unsealed court documents show. The transactions soon caught the attention of investigators, as the FBI zeroed in on what it considered to be suspicious emails and bank transfers from Cohen’s accounts — including his Trump Organization email account. With special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation in full swing, authorities filed a series of search warrants between July and November 2017 to investigate whether the exchanges violated foreign agent laws and constituted wire fraud and money laundering. The search warrants were unsealed as part of a case brought by several media organizations, including POLITICO. Much of what the warrants reveal has already been well-documented — Cohen is now serving three years in prison for making false statements to Congress, as well as tax and bank fraud. But the warrants document how focused agents with Mueller’s team were in the early stages of its investigation on tracking the foreign entanglements of Trump’s most loyal fixer.”

Natasha Bertrand, “FBI search warrants detail Michael Cohen Russia ties” Politico, May 22, 2019 3:58 pm

25,134. 5/20/2019

CONGRESS/MICHAEL COHEN/RUSSIA INVESTIGATION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Michael D. Cohen, President Trump’s onetime personal lawyer and fixer, told congressional investigators this year that his discussions with the president’s legal team about a potential pardon continued longer than previously known, newly released transcripts show. In a pair of private interviews in February and March, Mr. Cohen told the House Intelligence Committee that he had conversations about pardons with Jay Sekulow, a lawyer for Mr. Trump, until his decision in July 2018 to withdraw from a joint defense agreement with the president and his allies and begin cooperating with the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III. Mr. Cohen said that Mr. Sekulow told him that the president’s team was considering possible pardons for him and other witnesses because they could help to ‘shut down the inquiries and to shut the investigation down.’ Mr. Cohen’s explosive claims about possible pardons in exchange for loyalty comport with earlier revelations that lawyers for Mr. Trump raised the prospect of pardons in 2017 with lawyers of two other former advisers tied up in the case.”

Nicholas Fandos, “Lawmakers Bring Familiar Claims From Michael Cohen Into the Open,” The New York times online, May 20, 2019

25,076. 5/17/2019

LAWSUIT/MICHAEL COHEN/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/WOMEN: “Stormy Daniels has reached a settlement with Michael Cohen and Keith Davidson, her former attorney, in her lawsuit that accused both men of working together to protect President Donald Trump. Daniels, an adult-film actress whose given name is Stephanie Clifford, sued Cohen, Trump’s former personal attorney, and Davidson last June, accusing them of brokering a deal in which she was paid $130,000 to prevent her from publicly speaking about her alleged sexual relationship with Trump. Trump has denied there was a sexual encounter, but his attorneys admit to approving the $130,000 payment to Daniels to ensure her silence. In the lawsuit, Daniels alleged that the two men ‘colluded’ and ‘acted in concert’ to ‘manipulate’ her and to benefit Trump. When the men became aware of an impending In Touch magazine article that would detail Daniels’ descriptions of her alleged affair with Trump, Cohen ‘hatched a plan to have Ms. Clifford appear on Mr. Sean Hannity’s program to falsely deny the accuracy of the In Touch article,’ the lawsuit stated.”

Cheri Mossburg and Caroline Kelly, “Stormy Daniels reaches settlement with Michael Cohen and her former attorney,” CNN Politics, CNN.com, May 17, 2019 7:40 pm

24,998. 5/14/2019

HOUSE OF REPS/INTELLIGENCE/LEGAL/MICHAEL COHEN/TRUMP BUSINESS/TRUMP PEOPLE: “The House Intelligence Committee is investigating whether lawyers tied to President Trump and his family helped obstruct the panel’s inquiry into Russian election interference by shaping false testimony, a series of previously undisclosed letters from its chairman show. The line of inquiry stems from claims made by the president’s former personal lawyer and fixer, Michael D. Cohen, who told Congress earlier this year that the lawyers in question helped edit false testimony that he provided to Congress in 2017 about a Trump Tower project in Moscow. Mr. Cohen said they also dangled a potential pardon to try to ensure his loyalty. In recent weeks, the committee sent lengthy document requests to four lawyers — Jay Sekulow, who represents the president; Alan S. Futerfas, who represents Donald Trump Jr.; Alan Garten, the top lawyer at the Trump Organization; and Abbe D. Lowell, who represents Ivanka Trump. The lawyers all took part in a joint defense agreement by the president’s allies to coordinate responses to inquiries by Congress and the Justice Department.”

Nicholas Fandos and Maggie Haberman, “House Panel Investigates Obstruction Claims Against Trump Lawyers,” The New York Times online, May 14, 2019

24,234. 4/22/2019

GOP/MICHAEL COHEN/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “RT @GOPoversight: Days since @RepCummings promised accountability for #MichaelCohen’s lies: 54 https://t.co/no25hstV69

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, April 22, 2019 6:43 pm

24,170. 4/20/2019

MICHAEL COHEN/ROBERT MUELLER/RUSSIA INVESTIGATION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “How did WikiLeaks, the anti-secrecy group used as a conduit by Russian intelligence to distribute hacked emails, come to release a trove of documents just when Donald Trump’s candidacy seemed to need it most? Why did Trump’s campaign chief share internal polling data with a man tied to Russian intelligence? Did the president encourage his lawyer to lie to Congress? After nearly two years of work, investigators working for special counsel Robert Mueller said they still don’t know. Mueller’s office probed deeply into Trump’s campaign and the frantic first months of his presidency, and produced a final report brimming with inside details. But its work left some of the inquiry’s most perplexing questions frustratingly unanswered. Mueller’s report revealed in staggering detail efforts by the Russian government to help Trump win the presidency, his campaign’s interest in benefiting from that effort, and a series of steps by Trump to thwart the investigations that followed. Prosecutors ultimately did not conclude that Trump had committed a crime.”

Brad Heath, “Did Trump encourage Michael Cohen to lie? … And other mysteries the Mueller report didn’t resolve,” USA Today, April 20, 2019 12:29 pm

23,958. 4/12/2019

LEGAL/MICHAEL COHEN/TRUMP BUSINESS: “House Oversight and Reform Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) is moving to issue a subpoena to obtain 10 years of President Donald Trump’s financial records from accounting firm Mazars USA, the chairman told members of the panel in a memo on Friday [4-12-19]. Cummings plans to issue the subpoena on Monday [4-15-19] after Mazars asked for a so-called ‘friendly’ subpoena, so that it could comply with the committee’s document demands. In his memo, Cummings explained that the committee asked for the records as part of its efforts to corroborate allegations made by Trump’s former fixer and attorney Michael Cohen, who told lawmakers in February that Trump artificially inflated and deflated the value of his assets to his personal benefit. Cohen turned over three of Trump’s financial statements to the committee. Some of those statements were prepared by Mazars. Cummings wrote in his memo that those documents ‘raise grave questions about whether the president has been accurate in his financial reporting.’”

Andrew Desiderio, “Cummings moves to subpoena Trump financial records,” Politico, April 12, 2019 4:53 pm

23,704. 4/4/2019

DEMS/LEGAL/MICHAEL COHEN/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Lawyers for Michael D. Cohen, President Trump’s former personal lawyer and fixer, told congressional lawmakers in a letter on Thursday [4-4-19] that Mr. Cohen can best help their oversight inquiries if he remains out of prison to sift through millions of his documents — and they asked the help of Democrats in persuading prosecutors to help him do so. The lawyers told Democratic members of congressional committees who have either subpoenaed his testimony or have asked him to appear voluntarily over the course of the past year that Mr. Cohen has been essential to their investigations, and they reminded them of the help they have sought from him even after his public hearing in February. The lawyers — Lanny J. Davis, Michael D. Monico and Carly Chocron — wrote that Mr. Cohen was recently given access again to his files, which had been seized by federal investigators during a search in April 2018. The files include voice mail messages and recordings, as well as 14 million other documents, they said.”

Maggie Haberman and Nicholas Fandos, “Michael Cohen’s Lawyers Say He Could Aid Trump Inquiries, if Only He Had More Time Out of Prison,” The New York Times online, April 4, 2019

23,275. 3/12/2019

MICHAEL COHEN/TRUMP PEOPLE: “RT @Jim_Jordan: Why did @AdamSchiff say that his talks with Michael Cohen were limited to inviting him and allaying any concerns about thre…”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, March 12, 2019 11:04 pm

23,218. 3/10/2019

DEMS/MICHAEL COHEN/TRUMP PEOPLE: “RT @TomFitton: Top House Dem says Cohen likely to face DOJ perjury probe https://t.co/Xo1o4E6f5x #FoxNews” 

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, March 10, 2019 7:13 pm

23,217. 3/10/2019

ETHICS/MICHAEL COHEN/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “RT @TomFitton: [email protected] has another ethics scandal as a result of his and his staff colluding with Cohen on his testimony, which was…” 

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, March 10, 2019 7:12 pm

23,215. 3/10/2019

MICHAEL COHEN/TRUMP PEOPLE: “RT @paulsperry_: If Schiff wasn’t coaching Cohen on how to go after Trump before his testimony and was just going over procedural issues, w…”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, March 10, 2019 5:46 pm

23,209. 3/9/2019

MICHAEL COHEN/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “RT @TomFitton: [email protected] uncovers major Ohr-Steele-Fusion GPS collusion docs PLUS did Schiff conspire with Cohen to smear @RealDonald…”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, March 9, 2019 11:23 pm

23,198. 3/9/2019

MICHAEL COHEN/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “RT @RepMarkMeadows: Before Michael Cohen’s testimony last week, he and Adam Schiff met for TEN hours. But last Sunday, Schiff told CBS his…” 

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, March 9, 2019 3:37 pm

23,193. 3/8/2019

MICHAEL COHEN/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP PEOPLE: [email protected] ‘The only time that Michael Cohen told the truth is when he pled that he is guilty.’ Also when he said no collusion and I did not tell him to lie!”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, March 8, 2019 6:18 pm

23,182. 3/8/2019

MICHAEL COHEN/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “RT @TomFitton: NEW: Cohen Testimony is Abuse of @RealDonaldTrump: Deep State Abuse and Leaks Targets Trump Family/WH On Security Clearances…” 

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, March 8, 2019 3:52 pm

23,177. 3/8/2019

MICHAEL COHEN/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “RT @paulsperry_: Cohen claimed his shady father-in-law’s ‘in the clothing business’ when in fact he’s loan shark in same taxicab medallion…” 

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, March 8, 2019 3:38 pm

23,165. 3/8/2019

MICHAEL COHEN/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Bad lawyer and fraudster Michael Cohen said under sworn testimony that he never asked for a Pardon. His lawyers totally contradicted him. He lied! Additionally, he directly asked me for a pardon. I said NO. He lied again! He also badly wanted to work at the White House. He lied!”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, March 8, 2019 11:04 am

23,148. 3/7/2019

MICHAEL COHEN/PARDONS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Donald Trump’s advisers dangled the possibility of a pardon for his former personal lawyer Michael Cohen last year, Cohen’s attorney said Thursday [3-7-19], as congressional investigators zero in on the president’s pardon power. The issue of pardons has emerged as a key line of inquiry as Democrats launch a series of sweeping investigations into Trump’s political and personal dealings. Lanny Davis, Cohen’s lawyer, said in a written statement Thursday that his client was ‘open to the ongoing ‘dangling’ of a possible pardon by Trump representatives privately and in the media’ in the months after the FBI raided Cohen’s home, office and hotel room in April 2018. Davis, who was not Cohen’s lawyer at the time, said Cohen “directed his attorney” to explore a possible pardon with Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani and others on Trump’s legal team. The statement appears to contradict Cohen’s sworn testimony last week at a House Oversight Committee hearing that he had never asked for, and would not accept, a pardon from Trump.”

Associated Press, “Cohen’s Lawyer Says Trump Advisers Were ‘Dangling’ Pardons,” The New York Times online, March 7, 2019

23,147. 3/7/2019

2016 ELECTION/LEGAL/MICHAEL COHEN/ROBERT MUELLER/TRUMP BUSINESS: “Michael Cohen, the former personal lawyer of U.S. President Donald Trump, on Thursday [3-7-19] sued the Trump Organization, saying it reneged on its obligation to reimburse him for millions of dollars of legal fees and costs related to his work. In a complaint filed in the New York state supreme court in Manhattan, Cohen said the Trump Organization stopped paying him last May after it became clear he would cooperate with various probes into his work. These include Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of Russian influence in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, as well as multiple congressional probes. Cohen said the Trump Organization owes him at least $3.8 million (??2.9 million), and its failure to pay breached a reimbursement agreement that predated his cooperation.”

Reuters, “Michael Cohen Sues Trump Organization for Unpaid Legal Fees,” The New York Times online, March 7, 2019