President Donald Trump had a “central role” in the hush money payout schemes that have already led to Michael Cohen, his former lawyer, pleading guilty to federal campaign finance crimes, according to a new report in the Wall Street Journal.
Cohen has pleaded guilty to buying the silence of former model Karen McDougal and porn star Stormy Daniels, both of whom say they had affairs with Trump before he became president. All contributions to a candidates’ campaign for president must be reported as such. In concealing these payments, prosecutors charged, Cohen violated these laws.
Cohen said when he was sentenced that he was directed by the candidate — Trump himself — to carry out these acts. And according to the Wall Street Journal, federal prosecutors have extensive evidence that Trump was indeed a central figure in coordinating the hush money schemes, despite his previous denials.