TRUMP SHARES BOMBSHELL LETTER FROM COHEN’S LAWYER DISMANTLING ‘HUSH MONEY’ NARRATIVE
The information provided by Donald Trump may have a significant impact on the Manhattan District Attorney’s court lawsuit dubbed a “witch hunt” involving payments made to Stormy Daniels by former Trump attorney Michael Cohen in the 2016 election.
“Wow, look what was just found—A Letter from Cohen’s Lawyer to the Federal Election Commission,” Trump said in a statement on Truth Social.
“This is totally exculpatory and must end the Manhattan District Attorney’s Witch Hunt, immediately. Cohen admits that he did it himself,” he added. “The D.A. Should get on with prosecuting violent criminals, so people can walk down the sidewalks of New York without being murdered!”
Indicting the 45th president for his alleged involvement in Cohen’s $130,000 “hush-money payment” to Stormy Daniels during the 2016 election in order to silence Daniels about an alleged “sexual encounter” with Trump in 2006 has reportedly been on Alvin Bragg’s radar for the past week, according to news outlets.
Michael Cohen’s attorney, Stephen M. Ryan, wrote to the Federal Election Commission’s Office of Complaints Examination and Legal Administration with the following information: Ryan wrote, “In a private transaction in 2016, before the U.S. presidential election, Mr. Cohen used his own personal funds to facilitate a payment of $130,000 to Ms. Stephanie Clifford. Neither the Trump Organization nor the Trump campaign was a party to the transaction with Ms. Clifford, and neither reimbursed Mr. Cohen for the payment directly or indirectly.”
Trump and other Republican leaders have repeatedly pushed back against Bragg’s investigation, citing “election interference,” as the DA appears to be weaponizing the justice system to prevent Trump from becoming president again in 2024. Despite Bragg’s investigation, Trump has maintained, “there was no crime, period.”
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Ryan wrote in his 2018 letter to the FEC,“Contrary to the allegations in the complaint, which are entirely speculative, neither Mr. Cohen nor Essential Consultants LLC made any in-kind contributions to Donald J. Trump for President, Inc., or any other presidential campaign committee,”
He continued, “Mr. Cohen has not been a government employee during any of the relevant time periods. The payment in question does not constitute a campaign contribution or expenditure, therefore, the FEC lacks jurisdiction over this matter. The complaints have not and cannot present any evidence to the contrary. Accordingly, the complaint should be dismissed,”
Wednesday’s grand jury meeting was postponed because of “serious dissent,” according to a report from Fox News about Bragg’s office.
The additional information offered by the 45th president may have a significant impact on Bragg’s decision to seek an indictment against Trump.