18.07.26 Michael Cohen

July 26, 2018
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What You Need to Know About Michael Cohen

Pres. Trump’s former personal lawyer has been all over the headlines for months, here’s why:

WHO HE IS:

Until May, he was Trump’s attorney dating back to the early 2000s.

  • Sept: Told Vanity Fair he was “the guy who would take a bullet the president”
  • Feb: Told The New York Times he paid Stormy Daniels w/ his own $
  • April:A FBI raidedA his NY office, home & hotel room as part of an ongoing criminal investigation

WHY HE MATTERS:

Cohen is STILL under criminal investigation, but he has NOT been charged with anyA crime.

Cohen is BELIEVED TO BE of interest to the Special CounselA investigation intoA Russia’s interferenceA in the 2016 election.

HE SAID / HE SAID

NY federal prosecutors investigating Cohen have 12 audio recordings seized during the April FBI raids.

In a tape released by Cohen’s team, he & then-candidate Trump are said to be talking about a potential deal on the rights to a story over a 2006 alleged affair. Cohen & Trump disagree about the sometimes garbled tape’s meaning & weight.

WHY HE MATTERS:

Cohen isA being investigated forA potential federal wire fraud, bank fraudA & campaign finance violations.

  • IF the FEC decides Cohen’s payment to Daniels was made on behalf of Trump campaign, it couldA be a campaign violation.
  • IFA Cohen is charged by the NY feds or Special Counsel, he could try to make a deal.

On Wednesday, on ABC's "Good Morning America", Lanny Davis, Cohen's personal attorney said his client is not seeking a pardon from Pres. Trump.

by Jenna Lee,

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