Trump Organization possible criminal charges over hush-money payments

US President Donald Trump's account of his knowledge of payments to an adult film actress and a former Playboy model has

Cohen told a federal judge that he made secret payments to two women during the 2016 presidential campaign to keep them from speaking publicly about affairs they had said they had with Trump. While it's not a crime to pay someone to keep quiet, the Justice Department says the hush money payments arranged by Cohen to hide allegations of Trump's extramarital affairs were actually unreported campaign contributions meant to influence the outcome of the election.

It is claimed court papers connected to the president's ex-lawyer Michael Cohen say Pecker offered to help Trump squash negative stories during the 2016 election campaign.

Cohen has stayed out of sight and has remained emotional since his plea, according to the people close to him. In the news pages, Trump's coverage was so favorable that the New Yorker magazine said the Enquirer embraced him "with sycophantic fervor".

The Trump Organization's finance boss, Allen Weisselberg, has reportedly been granted legal immunity in the probe into Michael Cohen.

But Axios reported Thursday that Cohen, in closed-door hearings with Congress a year ago, said he was unsure if Trump knew about the meeting with Natalia Veselnitskaya. With Cohen's involvement, the publication began questioning President Barack Obama's birthplace and American citizenship in print, an effort that Trump promoted for several years, former staffers said. The same apparently holds for President Donald J. Trump, who retweeted a number of past Twitter blasts today as a reminder that certain issues are still on his front burner.

Asked if he would fire Mueller if that were to happen, Trump responded: "I can't, I can't answer that question because I don't think it's going to happen".

Cohen knows where all the bodies are buried, Weisselberg knows where all the money is hidden, and Pecker has all the stories and tapes documenting Trump's numerous affairs locked in his safe. He has denied the affair.

Federal prosecutors in NY are considering possible charges against the Trump Organization in relation to the Cohen hush-money agreement with Daniels, an official briefed confirmed to ABC News on Friday.

But early one April morning, more than three dozen federal agents raided Cohen's home, office and hotel room. Cohen's also not done opening up on what he knows about Trump, Davis said.

Cohen's lawyer has said his client is "more than happy" to help the collusion inquiry.

"If anyone is looking for a good lawyer, I would strongly suggest that you don't retain the services of Michael Cohen!".

The White House has said Trump also denied having sex with Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford. Trump has routinely denounced the probe as a "witch hunt".

In addition to the two counts of violating campaign finance laws, Cohen also has pled guilty to six counts of fraud.

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