WSJ News | Stormy Daniels And lawyers are Investigating Trump

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WSJ News has said that on Wednesday, Michael Cohen, the former president’s former personal lawyer, appeared before the grand jury for a second time. ​Mr. Cohen pleaded guilty to a federal charge related to the payment in 2018, saying Mr. Trump directed him to buy the silence of Ms. Daniels, who alleged she had an affair with Mr. Trump, a claim he denies.

“It’s my last time, at least for grand jury,” said Mr. Cohen, before entering a Lower Manhattan office building Wednesday early afternoon.

The continued testimony of Mr. Cohen, in addition to the meeting with Ms. Daniels, signaled that prosecutors are likely nearing a presentation of potential charges to the grand jury. Jurors would then be asked to vote on an indictment.

A spokeswoman for Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg declined to comment.

Mr. Trump has said he did nothing wrong. Joe Tacopina, a lawyer for the former president, said that Ms. Daniels and Mr. Cohen were “looking for their 15 minutes of fame.”

“When people appear before something as serious and confidential as a grand jury proceeding and run out of the courthouse to hold press conferences or tweet about it, it is a glimpse into their motives and credibility,” Mr. Tacopina said to WSJ News.

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Ms. Daniels tried to sell her story of her alleged affair with Mr. Trump to Life & Style magazine in 2011, but the celebrity magazine backed out after receiving a legal threat from Mr. Cohen, The Wall Street Journal previously reported.

Ms. Daniels and her manager again shopped the story during Mr. Trump’s 2016 campaign, and Mr. Cohen ultimately paid her on the eve of the election to prevent her from telling her story publicly, the Journal reported.

But Ms. Daniels never had any direct contact with Mr. Trump or Mr. Cohen about the hush-money deal. Her lawyer at the time handled the negotiations.

Finally, if called as a witness, Ms. Daniels could tell a grand jury about her alleged sexual encounter with Mr. Trump at a celebrity golf tournament in 2006, which she documented in detail in her 2018 book “Full Disclosure,” as well as her reasons for seeking the deal.

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