SANTA MONICA, Calif. – Michael Cohen, former fixer and lawyer for Donald J. Trump is scheduled to testify on Monday before a Grand Jury about the alleged hush-money payments Trump may have made to porn-star Stormy Daniels to keep their sexual relationship quiet.
Cohen, has already spent time in jail because of the Trump campaign finance violations he committed when he made payouts to Stormy Daniels and model Karen McDougal. After leaving a meeting with the Manhattan District Attorney, Cohen refused to speak with the media about the upcoming trial stating he would, “stay silent and allow the D.A. to build their case.”
During his previous trial, Cohen confessed to paying Daniels $130,000 and McDougal $150,000 to keep relations with Trump quiet.
Cohen and Trump have since parted ways and are longer doing business together. Over the past several months, Cohen has met with prosecutors at least 20 times to discuss the pending trial.
Yesterday, the Manhattan Grand Jury invited Trump to voluntarily offer his testimony. According to the Associated Press, inviting the subject to voluntarily testify before a Grand Jury is seen as one of the last steps before an indictment is issued.
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