Michael Cohen: Judge says hush-money investigation is over, orders documents unsealed

Cheryl Sanders
July 18, 2019

Bloomberg reported in September that prosecutors were continuing their investigation into whether any other executives at the Trump Organization had helped facilitate the payments.

Lawyers for Cohen and Hicks did not immediately respond to requests for comment about the documents. Cohen was repaid with checks signed by Trump and his eldest son, Donald Jr.

The content of these communications is not made explicit by the Federal Bureau of Investigation agent, but the timing suggests the group was discussing the hush-payment deal with Daniels.

On the evening of October 8, Cohen, Trump, and Hicks had a phone call, the Federal Bureau of Investigation alleged.

Based on information, 'I believe that this is the first call Cohen had made or received to Hicks in at least multiple weeks, ' according to the agent. Trump has denied having the encounters more than a decade ago with Daniels and McDougal.

Two sources familiar with the probe told ABC News neither Hicks nor anyone else would be charged in the as it relates to the investigation in the Southern District of NY.

Prosecutors were ordered to file the materials on the public docket by 11 a.m. Thursday in NY, although they were allowed to black out the names of investigators and references to individuals who allegedly engaged in or contemplated business with Cohen related to taxi medallions. He was ultimately sentenced to three years in federal prison for that and other crimes.

A federal investigation into campaign finance violations tied to former Trump attorney Michael Cohen has concluded, and a federal judge has ordered documents related to the probe to be unsealed. He's been in ongoing cooperation with prosecutors since he entered his plea.

These new records were unsealed by an order from U.S. Judge William Pauley, who said that "every American" should have the opportunity to "scrutinize" the materials after prosecutors signaled that they had ended their investigation into the Trump Organization's involvement in the hush money payments. But prosecutors implicated Trump in court filings, saying he directed Cohen to arrange the hush-money payments.

Pauley also said the government must publicly release a status report it filed earlier this week under seal that acknowledges the end of the wider Trump Organization campaign finance probe. Cohen admitted he lied to Congress about the extent of contacts between Trump and Russians during the campaign.

Cohen's attorney, Lanny Davis, however, expressed displeasure with prosecutors decision to drop the proceedings in his own statement issued Wednesday evening. Prosecutors said Wednesday they found no evidence anyone at the Trump Organization were involved in the payments, which were made before the 2016 election. "Especially since prosecutors found that virtually all of Michael's admitted crimes were done at the direction of and for the benefit of Donald Trump?".

However, the Justice Department has held that sitting presidents cannot be charged in the federal criminal justice system and instead can only be punished for misdeeds by Congress through the impeachment process.

It resulted in Daniels not to discuss her claimed affair with Trump, as the then-candidate went on to score an electoral victory and capture the White House.

The agent notes: 'At approximately 9:04 a.m. - less than thirty minutes after speaking with Trump - Cohen sent two emails to the person who had incorporated Resolution Consultants and Essential Consultants for him, and stated "can you send me asap the filing receipt, ' in reference to two Delaware LLCs Cohen had established".

Later on November 29, Cohen pleaded guilty to one count of lying to Congress as part of a plea deal with then-special counsel Robert Mueller.

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