Donald Trump’s Attorney Michael Cohen Fifth Amendment Rights

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Michael Cohen
has one message for Stormy Daniels and it goes something like this…. “Mum’s the word” cause he’s pleading the 5th.

According to reports, Michael Cohen filed a declaration with the court saying, “Based on the advice of counsel, I will assert my 5th amendment rights (against self incrimination) in connection with all proceedings in this case due to the ongoing criminal investigation by the FBI and U.S. Attorney

Cohen is asking the court to put the civil case on hold while the FBI investigates. In his declaration, Cohen references the FBI’s three search warrants. One was the search of his residence. The remaining two were executed at his office and hotel room. In the search, they seized various electronic devices, and it all relates to the civil action filed by Daniels.

Michael Cohen personal attorney for U.S. President Donald Trump. Cohen has a net worth of $100 million. His salary at The Trump Organization is a tiny bit more than $1 million per year.

Prior to this appointment, he was Executive Vice-President of the Trump Organization and special counsel to Trump. Cohen also previously served as co-president of Trump Entertainment and a member of the board of the Eric Trump Foundation, a children’s health charity. He joined the Trump Organization after having been a partner at Phillips Nizer. As of April 2018, he is under investigation by federal prosecutors into multiple matters, including bank fraud, wire fraud and campaign finance violations, relating in part to payments made to Stormy Daniels.

A January 2018 Wall Street Journal article reported that in October 2016, Cohen used Essential Consultants LLC to pay adult film actress Stormy Daniels regarding an alleged affair she had with Trump in 2006. Cohen told The New York Times in February 2018 that the $130,000 was paid to Daniels from his own pocket, that it was not a campaign contribution, and that he was not reimbursed for making it by either the Trump Organization or the Trump campaign. The Washington Post later noted that, by stating that he used his own money to “facilitate” the payment, Cohen was not ruling out the possibility that Trump, as an individual, reimbursed Cohen for the payment. NBC News reported that Cohen initiated a private arbitration case against Daniels on February 27, 2018, and obtained a restraining order that states Daniels will face penalties if she discusses in public her alleged relationship with Trump.

On March 5, the Wall Street Journal cited anonymous sources recounting Cohen as saying he missed two deadlines to pay Daniels because Cohen “couldn’t reach Mr. Trump in the hectic final days of the presidential campaign”, and that after Trump’s election, Cohen had complained that he had not been reimbursed for the payment. Cohen described this report as “fake news”.

On March 9, NBC News reported that Cohen had used his Trump Organization email to negotiate with Daniels regarding her nondisclosure agreement, and that Cohen had used the same Trump Organization email to arrange for a transfer for funds which would eventually lead to Daniels’ payment. In response, Cohen acknowledged that he had transferred funds from his home equity line of credit to the LLC and from the LLC to Daniels’ attorney.

In a March 25, 2018, interview with 60 Minutes, Daniels said that she and Trump had sex once, and that later she had been threatened in front of her infant daughter, and felt pressured to later sign a nondisclosure agreement.

On March 26, David Schwarz, a lawyer for Cohen, told ABC’s Good Morning America that Daniels was lying in the 60 Minutes interview. Cohen’s lawyer sent a cease-and-desist letter claiming Daniels’ statements constituted “libel per se and intentional infliction of emotional distress” to Cohen.

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