New Report on Hush Payments Could Be Bad News for Trump

WSJ Evidence shows Trump played role in hush money payments

At more than 3,000 words, the Journal's article is the most detailed account to date of Trump's alleged involvement in the payoffs that were made to ex-Playboy model Karen McDougal and adult-film star Stormy Daniels.

"The Wall Street Journal found that Mr. Trump was involved in or briefed on almost every step of the agreements".

Trump was involved in "nearly every step" of the coordinated efforts to keep the women quiet, in an apparent effort to help his presidential campaign, according to The Journal, which cited court documents, corporate records, and interviews with dozens of people.

Adult film actress Stormy Daniels, left, looks at her attorney Michael Avenatti, after making a statement to reporters at a federal court in NY, on April 16, 2018.

President Donald Trump had a "central role" in the hush money payout schemes that have already led to Michael Cohen, his former lawyer, pleading guilty to federal campaign finance crimes, according to a new report in the Wall Street Journal.

The WSJ adds the USA attorney's office in Manhattan has also gathered crucial evidence of Trump's participation in those transactions. However, the WSJ found he was involved "on almost every step of the agreements" - in the form of phone calls and meetings with his former lawyer and "fixer", Michael Cohen.

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The report contains new details about what Cohen has told prosecutors of Trump's knowledge and participation in schemes that Cohen himself admitted were illegal when he pleaded guilty to violating campaign finance laws this past August.

The report contradicted denials by Trump and could implicate him in violations of election laws.

As a presidential candidate in August 2015, Donald Trump huddled with a longtime friend, media executive David Pecker, in his cluttered 26th floor Trump Tower office and made a request. Ms. McDougal was paid $150,000 for the rights to her story from the publisher of the National Enquirer, but the story was never published. All contributions to a candidates' campaign for president must be reported as such.

"I hope he's indicted", Avenatti said.

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