Trump’s “Fixer” Used Official Email To Arrange Daniels’ Cover-Up
News broke early on Friday that Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s personal attorney who was described in adult film star Stormy Daniels’ recent lawsuit as Trump’s “fixer,” used his Trump Organization email during 2016 negotiations seeking to silence Daniels in the weeks before the presidential election. The report also alleges that emails addressed to Cohen at the time were in his official capacity as “Special Counsel to Donald J. Trump.” A copy of the headers from that emails can be viewed HERE.
Trump’s FIXER used Trump Organization email to facilitate payoff
The email, dated Oct. 26, 2017, was sent to Michael Cohen by Elizabeth Rappoport, identified by MSNBC as an assistant to First Republic Bank senior managing director Gary Farro. Based on the subject line of, “RE: First Republic Bank Transfer,” and the message, it appears the email was a response to an inquiry from Cohen about a pending transfer. The email stated that, “The funds have been deposited into your checking account ending in x1897.” The email response did not, however, provide any indication where the money had been deposited from. The next day, Michael Cohen wired $130,000 from First Republic Bank to the account of Keith Davidson, the attorney representing Daniels in the matter.
Daniels’ attorney sarcastically noted:
“The $130,000 question, however, is from whose account was the money transferred on Oct. 26, 2017.”
Cohen made this statement in January about what he deemed the “private transaction” payment to Daniels:
“Neither the Trump Organization nor the Trump campaign was a party to the transaction with Ms. Clifford, and neither reimbursed me for the payment, either directly or indirectly. The payment to Ms. Clifford was lawful, and was not a campaign contribution or a campaign expenditure by anyone.”
That assertion was called into question by Common Cause, the watchdog organization, which filed complaints in January when the payment became public. They asked the Department of Justice and Federal Elections Commission to investigate whether the $130,000 payment originated from the Trump Organization or another business or individual person. In response to that complaint, Cohen answered an interviewer’s question regarding his response to the Federal Election Commission, in which he stated:
“The complaint alleges that I somehow violated campaign finance laws by facilitating an excess, in-kind contribution. The allegations in the complaint are factually unsupported and without legal merit, and my counsel has submitted a response to the F.E.C.”
Daniels’ attorney, Michael Avenatti, had this to say:
“I think this document seriously calls into question the prior representation of Mr. Cohen and the White House relating to the source of the monies paid to Ms. Clifford in an effort to silence her. We smell smoke.”
MSNBC’s report can be viewed below.
Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images.
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