Money, sex and knowledge: Three key statements that Michael Cohen made about Donald Trump
In addition to describing his former boss as, among other things, a “swindler”, a “cheat” and a “racist”, the lawyer Michael Cohen made a series of specific revelations about his former client, the president of the United States Donald Trump. , before the Congress.
Here are some of the key points:
Money to silence
Cohen said Trump ordered him in 2016 to make a $ 130,000 payment to porn actress Stormy Daniels to cover up an extramarital affair.
That payment could amount to an illegal Cohen contribution to the campaign because it exceeded the donation limits and was not disclosed in the financial reports of the Trump campaign, legal experts say.
Trump has denied having sex with Daniels and has said that the payments to her and another woman who claimed an affair were not illegal.
Cohen provided two checks as proof of his claims.
Cohen said he was in Trump’s office in July 2016 when Roger Stone, who describes himself as a “dirty trickster” and Trump’s political adviser for a long time, called the then Republican presidential candidate.
Cohen said Stone told Trump that he had been talking to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who told him there would be a lot of emails in a couple of days that would damage the Clinton campaign.
Trump has previously denied knowing in advance about the leak of pirated emails from the Democratic National Committee during the election.
Skyscraper in Moscow
Cohen said that Trump continued with the construction of a skyscraper in Moscow during the height of the electoral campaign, reason why he lied when saying that the project had been stopped in advance.
He said Trump’s lawyers were aware of his false statement and added that the president had publicly lied about the project.
Cohen said he had no evidence that Trump had colluded with Russia to gain an advantage in the election.