From Released Documents, It’s Clear Trump Engaged In Criminal Scheme With Cohen
As the federal campaign finance violation case against former Trump attorney Michael Cohen has drawn to a close, newly unredacted court documents reveal that the FBI believed Donald Trump was intimately involved in a scheme to hide hush-money payments to adult film star Stormy Daniels.
NBC News reported Thursday that the court documents “describe a ‘series of calls, text messages, and emails’ between Cohen, Trump, Trump campaign aide Hope Hicks, Keith Davidson — an attorney for the woman, porn star Stormy Daniels — and David Pecker, an executive of the company that published the National Enquirer.”
An FBI agent investigating the case wrote: “Based on the timing of these calls, and the content of the text messages and emails, I believe that at least some of these communications concerned the need to prevent [Stormy Daniels] from going public, particularly in the wake of the Access Hollywood story.”
Cohen is currently serving a three-year sentence after pleading guilty to numerous crimes, which include campaign finance law violations for hiding the payoffs to two women who claimed to have had affairs with Trump.
"The campaign finance violations discussed in the materials are a matter of national importance," Judge William Pauley III said in denying the government's request for limited redactions. "Now that the government’s investigation into those violations has concluded, it is time that every American has an opportunity to scrutinize the materials."
The only reason that President Donald Trump has not been indicted is because he is the President of the United States.