Manhattan DA trying to charge Donald Trump paying $130,000 in hush-money to porn star Stormy Daniels

Woke Manhattan DA ‘is trying to charge Donald Trump with paying $130,000 in hush-money to porn star ‘fling’ Stormy Daniels: Plotting insurance charges against loyal Trump CFO to get him to turn on former boss’

  • Manhattan DA office looking to restart criminal investigation into Donald Trump over $130,000 of hush money allegedly paid to former porn star Stormy Daniels 
  • Payment was allegedly made on the eve of the 2016 presidential election
  • Previous investigations came to nothing after investigators focused on Trump’s wider business practices
  •  D.A. Alvin Bragg is now considering adding new charges to Allen Weisselberg, the former chief financial officer of the Trump Organization
  • Idea would be to pressure testimony out of him on the payment that was made
  • Weisselberg recently took a plea deal on unrelated tax fraud charges
  • On Friday, in a criminal trial against the Trump Organization on similar charges, Weisselberg implicated other executives along with sons Eric and Donald Jr.

The Manhattan District Attorney’s Office is restarting a criminal probe into the alleged hush-money payments made to porn star Stormy Daniels by former President Donald Trump.

The office had already begun an investigation into Trump – but it appeared to come to a halt earlier in the year.

But now DA Alvin Bragg and his team of prosecutors are attempting to proceed with the case against 76-year-old Trump from another angle. 

The case revolves around a payment of $130,000 made to Daniels by Trump ahead of the 2016 presidential election. The money was in a bid to buy her silence over an alleged affair with Trump.

Trump’s former personal lawyer and fixer, Michael Cohen, has already said that he used his own funds to pay off Daniels with Trump and with The Trump Organization, later reimbursing him.

THe District Attorney’s Office is investigating Donald Trump’s role in a hush-money payment to porn star Stormy Daniels

THe District Attorney’s Office is investigating Donald Trump’s role in a hush-money payment to porn star Stormy Daniels

Trump's former personal lawyer and fixer, Michael Cohen, has already said that he used his own funds to pay off Daniels with Trump and with The Trump Organization, later reimbursing him. He was sentenced to three years in prison

Trump’s former personal lawyer and fixer, Michael Cohen, has already said that he used his own funds to pay off Daniels with Trump and with The Trump Organization, later reimbursing him. He was sentenced to three years in prison

Cohen served three years in prison after pleading guilty in 2018 to campaign finance violations related to the payments as part of a federal probe.

He has always alleged how he was following Trump’s orders.

Trump has consistently denied having an affair with Daniels and explained the payment as being a personal matter rather than a campaign expense. 

In that particular federal case, former District Attorney Cyrus Vance, looked into whether Trump had broken any state laws by making the payment and whether any records held by The Trump Organization were falsified in the process.

Falsifying business records can be charged as a misdemeanor in New York. In order to make it a felony, prosecutors would need to show that Trump falsified the hush-money records to help commit or conceal a second crime. 

The Trump Organization was subpoenaed by the District Attorney’s Office in late 2019 for the specific records that tied the payments to Cohen that showed how he helped the funds for Daniels. 

Woke Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg is now considering adding new charges to Allen Weisselberg, the former chief financial officer of the Trump Organization

Woke Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg is now considering adding new charges to Allen Weisselberg, the former chief financial officer of the Trump Organization

But the investigation suddenly changed focus and instead looked to focus on Trump’s broader business practices.

Prosecutors are now looking in particular at whether The Trump Organization’s finance chief, Allen Weisselberg, might be pressured into cooperating with the renewed probe, according to the New York Times. 

Weisselberg, is alleged to have had knowledge of the hush-money payment and has already pleaded guilty to tax fraud charges in a criminal case involving The Trump Organization that is currently being heard at Manhattan Supreme Court.

Weisselberg, who began directly working for Donald Trump in 1986 and with the Organization as far back as 1973 has already admitted to accepting $1.7 million in perks ‘off the books’.

They include items such as free rent on an apartment on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, luxury cars together with private school tuition payments for his grandchildren.

The payments were made from the Trump Organization all as part of a scheme to get around income taxes.

Weisselberg has agreed to testify as a witness for the prosecution in exchange for a five-month prison sentence. 

The District Attorney’s Office is now weighing whether to bring fresh charges against Weisselberg in the hope of securing his cooperation once more, the Times reports. 

Weisselberg recently took a plea deal on unrelated tax fraud charges and has yet to turn on former President Trump

Weisselberg recently took a plea deal on unrelated tax fraud charges and has yet to turn on former President Trump

The charges would be unrelated to the hush payments made to Daniels and instead concern insurance fraud and likely extend any jail time served by him.

Trump has denied all wrongdoing and said he never had an affair with Daniels. Michael van der Veen, a lawyer for The Trump Organization said.

‘I really don’t believe that they’re going back and conducting these investigations, and if there’s any truth to it, it would show poor judgment. The millions of taxpayer dollars they’ve spent on countless investigations, it’s a big waste of time and money.’ 

Under Vance, prosecutors worked on a broader case against Trump looking at whether he had falsely inflated the value of his hotels, golf clubs and various other assets by billions of dollars in order to obtain better loan terms. 

The insurance fraud charges may hark back to this aspect of the case and accuse Weisselberg of lying to an insurance company by using the inflated figures after he said the properties had been assessed by an independent appraiser, when in fact they had not. 

The values all appeared on annual financial statements that the  company provided to lenders. This too was the focus of a long-running civil investigation by the New York State Attorney General, Letitia James.

It all adds to the general flurry of legal and political activity surrounding Trump who last week announced that he will be running for president once again in 2024, had his Twitter profile restored and is still being investigated by a special counsel over the January 6 insurrection. 

Earlier this year, when Bragg took over as Manhattan District Attorney, he appeared to balk at looking to indict Trump over his business practices seemingly uncomfortable at the DA’s office’s ability to show that Trump had intended to break the law which would be needed for the case to succeed. 

The office stated how the investigation into the The Trump Organization was still proceeding, despite the departure of two prosecutors who were leading the probe. 

Bragg’s office has not commented publicly on this new, fresh probe.

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