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Draft indictment detailed Trump’s role in hush money scheme

Mic Daily Trump was directly involved in illegal hush money payments prosecutors say President Donald Trump Evan Vucci AP
Patty Aguilar | 12 November, 2018, 04:34

Trump was involved in "nearly every step" of the coordinated efforts to keep the women quiet about their histories with him, in an apparent effort to help his presidential campaign, The Wall Street Journal said.

Cohen, who implicated the president in his crimes when he pleaded guilty in August, has met with investigators for Mueller and with federal prosecutors in NY, seeking to provide information that could mitigate his punishment. "The US attorney's office in Manhattan has gathered evidence of Mr. Trump's participation in the transactions", the report read.

Trump was involved in or briefed on almost every step of the payments that were made to former Playboy model Karen McDougal and adult film actress Stephanie Clifford, who goes by the stage name Stormy Daniels, to keep quiet about their alleged affairs with Trump, the Journal reported, and the US Attorney's office in Manhattan gathered information about Trump's participation.

Trump has been accused of making payoffs in order to suppress stories about his alleged sexual encounters ahead of the November 2016 presidential election.

"Tonight, there is certainly more evidence than there was this morning that the president of the United States might have violated some kind of campaign finance law", Fisher reported.

The Wall Street Journal found that Mr. Trump was involved in or briefed on almost every step of the agreements.

The goal of the hush money was to keep Ms. McDougal and Ms. Daniels from speaking about their alleged affairs with the media.

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Mr. Trump arranged meetings and phone calls about the payments with Michael Cohen, who was his personal attorney at that time, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Cohen also told prosecutors that he had discussions with Trump about ways to pay off Daniels that would make it look like he personally had no knowledge of or involvement in the scheme, the publication reports.

The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Business Insider.

The Journal reported on the $150,000 payment to McDougal four days before the election, but the Trump campaign denied it.

Adult film actress Stormy Daniels, left, looks at her attorney Michael Avenatti, after making a statement to reporters at a federal court in NY, on April 16, 2018. "This is further vindication that we were right", Avenatti said. He said it proves the president was "deeply involved" in the $130,000 payment to his client.

"I hope he's indicted", Avenatti added.

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