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Michael Cohen says there is a non-public SDNY investigation regarding Trump

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In his Wednesday testimony before the House Oversight Committee, Michael Cohen revealed that federal prosecutors in New York are investigating President Donald Trump for other ‘illegal acts’ that he was unable to discuss, as they are the subject of a criminal probe.

Rep. Raja Khrisnamoorthi of Illinois first asked Cohen when his last communication with Trump or someone acting on Trump’s behalf. Cohen said his last communication with Trump or a Trump associate was last fall, but declined to expand on the conversation.

“Unfortunately, this topic is actually something that’s being investigated right now by the Southern District of New York, and I’ve been asked by them not to discuss it, not to talk about these issues,” Cohen said.

Krishnamoorthi then asked Cohen if the former Trump lawyer knew of “any other wrongdoing or illegal act regarding Donald Trump” that Cohen hadn’t discussed in his testimony.

“Yes, and again, those are part of the investigation that’s currently being looked at by the Southern District of New York,” Cohen said.

In August of 2018, Cohen pleaded guilty to tax evasion, bank fraud, and campaign-finance violations in the Southern District of New York. The violations were related to payments to buy the silence of two women, Karen McDougal and Stormy Daniels, who say they had affairs with Trump.

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Prosecutors also struck a non-prosecution agreement with American Media Inc., the parent company of the tabloid The National Enquirer, which paid $150,000 to buy the rights to McDougal’s story, which the company never published.

Trump’s team has contended that the president did not know that the payments were illegal and that the payments were made to protect his businesses and not to influence the election.

The non-prosecution agreement, however, states that AMI “further admitted that its principal purpose in making the payment was to suppress the woman’s story so as to prevent it from influencing the election.”

Prosecutors in the Southern District of New York are also reportedly launching a criminal probe into whether the Trump inaugural committee misspent some of the $107 million it raised, improperly sold tickets to foreign nationals, and whether it brokered special access to the administration for top inaugural donors.

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