Donald Trump knew of hush payments to Stormy Daniels, Karen McDougal

Lester Mason
November 10, 2018

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. In August, Cohen told a federal judge in NY the payments were made at the direction of "the candidate", implying it was Mr. Trump's decision to pay the women.

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

The Wall Street Journal reports President Trump ordered his then-lawyer Michael Cohen to get a restraining order against porn star Stormy Daniels with help from the president's son, Eric Trump.

The WSJ adds the US attorney's office in Manhattan has also gathered crucial evidence of Trump's participation in those transactions.

Less than a year later, Trump allegedly asked Pecker to quash the story of the affair with McDougal and she was soon paid $150,000 to remain silent about the encounter.

Pecker responded by offering to use his tabloid to buy off women who might attempt to go public with their past sexual experiences with Trump by acquiring the exclusive rights to the stories but never publishing them, a practice known as "catch and kill".

Mr. Trump arranged meetings and phone calls about the payments with Michael Cohen, who was his personal attorney at that time, according to the Wall Street Journal.

In mid-2016, Trump requested that Pecker kill a story from McDougal, who'd said she had an affair with Trump more than a decade ago, by buying her silence, the Journal said.

To federal prosecutors, Cohen said the first payment was "in coordination and at the direction of a candidate for federal office", and the second was made "under direction of the same candidate".

Cohen said when he was sentenced that he was directed by the candidate - Trump himself - to carry out these acts.

Federal prosecutors have evidence that President Donald Trump played a key role in hush payoffs that violated campaign-finance laws.

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