Lanny Davis, a lawyer for Michael Cohen, thinks that Donald Trump Jr should be indicted
Michael Cohen's attorney says Donald Trump Jr should be indicted for signing a check that was supposedly used to repay his father's former repairer for the money he had given Stormy Daniels.
"I respectfully suggest that Donald Jr, based on signing a cash check for his father – out of a trust fund, by the way, was set up to prevent money being spent that would help Donald Trump while he was President – from that trust fund is where Donald Jr's check was written, it's a crime, "Cohen's lawyer, Lanny Davis, told The Hill.
"It should be, in my opinion, respectfully, accused, based only on the signature of that check."
In February, Cohen testified to Congress that some reimbursement checks issued in his name for cash payments to Daniels, the porn star who claims to have had an affair with Trump, were signed by Donald Trump Jr. and the Trump Organization's finance director .
Cohen said that Donald Trump himself, while president, signed a $ 35,000 check while he was president to repay him for "the price of silence I paid on his behalf," Cohen told a House of Representatives committee.
"The other checks to reimburse me for cash payments were signed by Don Jr. and Allen Weisselberg," he said, referring to the president's son and the CFO of the Trump organization.
Davis was seen left with his client, Cohen, during his congressional testimony on February 27, 2019
Cohen (left) testified to Congress that some reimbursement checks issued in his name for cash payments to Daniels, the porn star who claims to have a relationship with Trump, were signed by Donald Trump Jr (right) and the director financial organization Trump
This image provided by Michael Cohen's lawyer, Lanny Davis, shows copies of two checks that Cohen presented to the House Supervision and Reform Committee on Wednesday 27 February 2019.
Cohen's testimony raises the possibility that Donald Trump Jr may be prosecuted for violating the campaign's finance laws, depending on whether he knew what the payments were for, lawyer Andy Wright, who served as councilor associated with President Barack Obama.
Alan Futerfas, a lawyer for Trump Jr. and the Trump Organization, did not respond to requests for comment.
In August, Cohen pleaded guilty to committing financial violations concerning the organization of payments to adult movie star Stephanie Clifford, also known as Stormy Daniels, and the former Playboy model Karen McDougal, to maintain the silence about their business with Trump ahead of the 2016 presidential elections.
Trump denied the alleged business and said the payments did not violate the campaign's finance laws.
"There are no accusations or credibility problems here," Davis said Monday.
Cohen pleaded guilty in August to violating campaign finances for payments to Stormy Daniels (left) and former Playboy model Karen McDougal (right) to keep silence on their business with Trump ahead of the 2016 presidential elections
& # 39; Federal prosecutors found that Donald Trump directed and coordinated an illegal secret money plan and paid $ 35,000 a month.
"The payment of $ 35,000 a month was a gain for what was a fictitious legal services preservation agreement, which federal government prosecutors said it never existed.
"So it is not a question under discussion.
"That check signed by our president is a fact that cannot be denied as a crime committed by the president of the United States, who, thanks to Michael Cohen and his testimony, is now before federal prosecutors.
"They cannot indict a president, but they can indict Don Jr because the second check was signed by Don Jr, the same payment of $ 35,000 a month for the money of silence".
Next month, Cohen will begin serving a three-year prison sentence for lying to Congress about the Moscow tower project, along with other charges.
He made a statement in 2017 saying that efforts to build the tower had ceased by January 2016, when the talks continued until June of that year, after Trump had won the Republican presidential nomination.