Federal prosecutors have gathered evidence of the president’s participation in deals to buy the silence of a former adult-film actress and an ex-Playboy model. The deals have led Trump’s former lawyer to plead guilty to violating campaign-finance laws.
Lawyers for Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer, asked a federal judge in a memorandum filed late Friday night to impose no prison time for Mr. Cohen at his scheduled sentencing later this month, citing Mr. Cohen’s contrition and his cooperation with law enforcement.
A lawyer for President Donald Trump arranged a $130,000 payment to a former adult-film star a month before the 2016 election as part of an agreement that precluded her from publicly discussing an alleged sexual encounter with Mr. Trump.
With his guilty plea, Michael Cohen undercut the belief that if the president could show there was no collusion between his campaign and Russian operatives in 2016, his legal problems would crumble, writes Gerald F. Seib.
Pitching himself as the president’s lawyer to companies desperate to understand the new landscape, Mr. Cohen won AT&T and Novartis but was spurned by Ford and Uber. A review of his efforts shows he succeeded in landing his short-lived clients in a publicity mess.
An extraordinary tussle between the president of the United States and Stormy Daniels, a former adult-film star, has been building since 2011. It is rapidly escalating, as the actress, Stephanie Clifford, seeks to go public with details of her claims of an extramarital affair, and Donald Trump and his attorneys fight to stop her.