The New York Times reported Thursday night that New York state prosecutors are said to be considering possible criminal charges against the Trump Organization and two unnamed senior officials at the company.
Per the report, the Manhattan District Attorney’s office is currently trying to determine what role the Trump Organization may have had in the arrangement of a hush-money payment Michael Cohen made to Stormy Daniels, the adult-film actress who said she had a sexual relationship with Donald Trump.
This investigation investigation aims to determine how the Trump Organization accounted for the reimbursement it paid to Michael Cohen, who was Trump’s personal lawyer at the time he facilitated the $130,000 payment to Daniels in 2016.
The identities of the two senior officials reportedly being targeted in the Manhattan DA’s inquiry remain unknown, but it is rumored that the Trump Organization’s chief financial officer, Allen Weisselberg, is likely to be one of the two.
When Michael Cohen pleaded guilty to campaign-finance violations and other charges on Tuesday, as part of a plea deal, he testified under oath that he made the hush-money payment to Daniels about her alleged affair with Donald Trump to further his chances of winning the 2016 presidential election. Legal documents related to Cohen’s plea deal revealed the Trump Organization reimbursed Cohen $420,000 for the payment to Daniels and labeled it as legal fees. That total was to have included $130,000 payment to Daniels, plus costs and fees, money to cover taxes, and a bonus to Michael Cohen.
The Trump Organization reportedly paid Michael Cohen in $35,000 installments through 2017, and submitted false invoices for the payments. It was later claimed that the payments were part of a “retainer” but that was revealed to be false.