On Wednesday night, Wall Street Journal reporter Rebecca Ballhaus told CNN that Southern District of New York prosecutors have sufficient evidence in their possession to charge President Donald Trump with "campaign finance violations" as soon as he vacates office, The Raw Story reports. And the lawyers gathered the material well before Trump's former fixer Michael Cohen spoke out against the president.
“There was a lot of speculation around the time that Cohen did come forward about, you know, ‘did prosecutors already know this’ and if they didn’t know this would they have let Cohen say that in court,” Ballhaus said. “What our reporting today shows is that they really did know this to be true.”
She continued that lawyers at the Southern District of New York “conducted many different interviews, they had at least David Pecker confirming that the president has been involved in those payments” to his former mistresses. “Prosecutors have, since Michael Cohen’s guilty plea, said in their own words in court documents that the president — that Individual One directed Michael Cohen to make these payments.”
CNN's Poppy Harlow continued, “If this did happen and if this were deemed to be a campaign donation then it would be illegal because it would be undisclosed." The "big remaining question," she added, was whether the SDNY will actually indict Trump.