Donald Trump was directly and personally involved in the discussions that led to Stormy Daniels being paid to keep quiet about her story of an affair with the then presidential candidate, the FBI says.
According to court documents released today, Donald Trump spoke with Michael Cohen on the phone at least two separate times on the same day Michael Cohen initiated a $131,000 wire transfer which would eventually make its way to porn performer and alleged Trump paramour Stormy Daniels.
Prosecution wrote in a letter to the judge that it has "effectively concluded its investigations of "who, besides Michael Cohen, was involved and whether certain individuals, made false statements, gave false testimony or otherwise obstructed justice with this investigation."
Trump lied about it. Repeatedly. Into the cameras. On Twitter. Everywhere, all the time.
— ABC News (@ABC) April 5, 2018
From last April. Just a bold faced lie: https://t.co/LeFyJeZ584
— andrew kaczynski (@KFILE) July 18, 2019
Looks like a number of people are in brand-new trouble today.
Breaking news responses from Twitter notables and reporters on the story, below.
Trump, Hicks, and Cohen had a conference call the day after the Access Hollywood tape became public. Cohen had a series of calls with the National Enquirer right afterwards. https://t.co/FDbHiLDuWt pic.twitter.com/Our18Q0h6X
— southpaw (@nycsouthpaw) July 18, 2019
NEW YORK (AP) — Court records show Trump was on calls with aides rushing to squash stories about alleged affairs before election.
— Eric Tucker (@etuckerAP) July 18, 2019
Oct. 28, 2016:
– "At 11:48 a.m., Cohen spoke to Trump for approximately five minutes"
– "Beginning at 1:21 p.m., Cohen attempted a series of phone calls to Davidson, Pecker and Howard throughout the day"
– Hush money agreement for Stormy Daniels is finalized. pic.twitter.com/pOfIQD5Fyq
— Steve Reilly (@BySteveReilly) July 18, 2019
Trump directly involved in talks that led to Stormy Daniels payment, FBI says https://t.co/BMVziMkvU6
— Ana Elisa Fuentes (@anaelisafoto) July 18, 2019
New Cohen documents show calls Trump & team had with National Enquirer publisher https://t.co/pbwH4XeBes
— John Santucci (@Santucci) July 18, 2019
Day Two after WaPo publishes Access Hollywood tape:
10:58 a.m.: Howard texts Cohen and Davidson: "Keith/Michael: connecting you both in regards to that business opportunity. Spoke to the client this AM and they're confirmed to proceed with the opportunity."
Feds: Stormy deal pic.twitter.com/1dBt5P0iHv
— Adam Klasfeld (@KlasfeldReports) July 18, 2019
NEW: Trump spoke with Pecker and Cohen for eight minutes, the day after Access Hollywood tape.
Two days later, Stormy Daniels was silenced. https://t.co/A4rSZnrGWS
— Justin Miller (@justinjm1) July 18, 2019
Hope Hicks committed perjury, obstruction of justice, and federal election law violations. https://t.co/zx8vLfweq3
— Bakari Sellers (@Bakari_Sellers) July 18, 2019