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Transparent, out-and-out harassment. DJT should seek a cease and desist court order to stop this - the pattern is undeniable.
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08/02/2019, 12:14:34

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Trump Organization Subpoenaed for Documents Related to Stormy Daniels Hush Payment

Rebecca Ballhaus and Michael Rothfeld
6-7 minutes

Manhattan state prosecutors have subpoenaed the Trump Organization for documents related to a hush payment to a former adult-film star during the 2016 election, according to a person familiar with the matter, the latest investigation to examine the company’s involvement in the payment.

The subpoena sought documents from the company, owned by President Trump and managed by his sons, related to the $130,000 paymentMichael Cohen, a former Trump lawyer, made to Stephanie Clifford in October 2016. Ms. Clifford, known professionally as Stormy Daniels, had alleged an affair with Mr. Trump, which he has denied.

The Manhattan district attorney’s office has also subpoenaed American Media Inc., the publisher of the National Enquirer, people familiar with the matter said. American Media made another payment, also arranged by Mr. Cohen, to a former Playboy model who alleged an affair with Mr. Trump. The president has also denied that affair.

Mr. Cohen in August 2018 pleaded guilty to federal charges including two campaign-finance violations related to the hush payments, which he has said he arranged at Mr. Trump’s direction. Mr. Trump has denied wrongdoing. Mr. Cohen began a three-year prison sentence in May.

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Marc Mukasey, an attorney for the Trump Organization, called the investigation a “political hit job.” In a statement, he said, “It’s just harassment of the president, his family, and his business, using subpoenas and leaks as weapons. We will respond as appropriate.”

The subpoenas were reported earlier by the New York Times.

A spokesman for Cyrus Vance, the Manhattan district attorney, declined to comment.

The subpoenas come weeks after the federal probe into the hush-money payments, run by the Manhattan U.S. attorney’s office, appeared to close without any indictments of Trump Organization executives.

Manhattan federal prosecutors advised the court last month that it had effectively concluded its campaign-finance investigation.

The Journal previously reported that prosecutors were examining discrepancies between Mr. Cohen’s account and that of Allen Weisselberg, Trump Organization’s longtime chief financial officer who testified before a grand jury last summer.

In addition the Manhattan district attorney’s office, congressional investigators are continuing to probe the hush payments and what role Trump Organization executives played in them.

Last month, the House Oversight Committee chairman asked Manhattan federal prosecutors whether a Justice Department policy barring charges against a sitting president played any role in their decision not to indict Mr. Trump for campaign-finance violations in which he was implicated. The chairman, Rep. Elijah Cummings (D., Md.), also requested the evidence prosecutors gathered during their campaign-finance investigation.

When Mr. Cohen appeared in federal court in August 2018, he said he arranged the hush payments at the president’s direction. Since then, prosecutors in December court filings have implicated the president in the scheme. Mr. Trump has denied wrongdoing.


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