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May 14, 2024

Michael Cohen testimony ties Donald Trump to hush money payment

Michael Cohen, the former personal attorney and fixer for Donald Trump, testified before Congress on February 27, 2019, that he paid hush money to adult film actress Stormy Daniels on behalf of Trump. Cohen's testimony implied that the president was directly involved in a campaign finance violation. He claimed that Trump directed him to make the payment to keep Daniels from revealing an alleged affair with the then-presidential candidate before the 2016 Presidential Election. Cohen displayed a copy of a check during his testimony, which, he claimed, was reimbursement for the payment to Daniels. This payment has been characterized as a violation of campaign finance laws because it was effectively a contribution to the Trump campaign, intended to influence the outcome of the election. However, Trump has remained firm in his denial. He said that he never directed Michael Cohen to break the law. It's important to note that while Cohen's testimony can be used as evidence, it's ultimately up to a court or Congress to decide whether Trump committed an offense.