Michael Cohen bought the silence of Stormy Daniels after a flurry of phone calls between Donald Trump, Hope Hicks and executives at AMI in the heat of the 2016 election, according to newly unsealed FBI documents.
Federal prosecutors on Thursday released hundreds of pages detailing how the president’s former fixer illegally paid hush money to Daniels and former Playboy model Karen McDougal who both were prepared to publicly say before Election Day that Trump had cheated on his wife with them. Instead, they were silenced through six-figure sums paid out of Cohen’s pockets.
A federal judge ordered the documents to be released after Manhattan federal prosecutors told a court it closed its investigation into the Trump Organization and whether it had any criminal liability for Cohen’s hush-money payouts. Cohen plead guilty in 2018 to campaign-finance violations in connection with payoffs. The judge said the documents were “a matter of national importance” and added that “it is time that every American has an opportunity to scrutinize the materials.”
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