Cohen ties Trump directly to hush-money scheme

What happened

Former President Donald Trump’s longtime fixer and lawyer Michael Cohen testified Monday that Trump told him to pay off porn actress Stormy Daniels so her story of an extramarital one-night stand wouldn’t hurt him with women in the 2016 election, then signed off on a scheme to repay Cohen for fronting the hush money while falsely recording the payments as legal expenses.

Cohen’s testimony that Trump reviewed and endorsed the problematic repayment scheme in a January 2017 meeting is “perhaps the most damaging bit of evidence yet,” Politico said. “But it is also a tricky piece of evidence for prosecutors, because the jury may need to rely solely on Cohen’s account of it,” and Cohen is a convicted felon “with a history of dishonesty.”

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