(Informed Consent) -- The Mueller sentencing document for Michael Cohen, Trump’s former personal attorney and fixer, is not nearly as important as that from the office of the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York. Robert Khuzami, Thomas McKay and their colleagues not only laid out 5 major crimes committed by Michael Cohen but they established a basis for charging Donald J. Trump with a felony.
The US Attorney’s office maintained that Cohen’s payoff to Stormy Daniels and Karen McDougall in the days before the 2016 presidential election constituted an infraction against US election laws and that it was ordered by Donald J. Trump. It was illegal because it constituted an expenditure of funds to conceal a fact pertinent to the election from the public:
“During the campaign, Cohen played a central role in two similar schemes to purchase the rights to stories – each from women who claimed to have had an affair with Individual – 1 – so as to suppress the stories and thereby prevent them from influencing the election. With respect to both payments, Cohen acted with the intent to influence the 2016 presidential election . Cohen coordinated his actions with one or more members of the campaign, including through meetings and phone calls, about the fact, nature , and t iming of the payments. (PSR ¶ 51 ). In particular , and as Cohen hims elf has now admitted, with respect to both payments, he acted in coordination with and at the direction of Individual – 1. (PSR ¶¶ 41 , 4 5 ).”
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