Federal Judge Orders Release Of Docs Detailing Trump’s Hush Money Payments To Women He Cheated With
A federal judge has ordered the release of documents related to the investigation into hush-money payments to women claiming they slept with President Trump, Reuters reported Wednesday.
According to the report, the documents must be posted by 11:00 am eastern on Thursday, July 18, Judge William H. Pauley of the Southern District of New York wrote in a decision released Wednesday.
“The campaign finance violations discussed in the Materials are a matter of national importance. Now that the Government’s investigation into those violations has concluded, it is time that every American has an opportunity to scrutinize the Materials,” Judge Pauley wrote.
Pauley ordered prosecutors release the Justice Department’s July status report and search warrant materials related to raids on President Trump’s jailed former attorney, Michael Cohen, be posted online.
In his ruling Wednesday, Pauley rejected the government’s request to redact portions of the documents, citing “the weighty public ramifications of the conduct described.”
Federal prosecutors wrote in December that President Trump coordinated and directed payments that bought the silence of two women who claimed they’d had affairs with him, although they referred to him as “Individual-1.”
“Cohen himself has now admitted, with respect to both payments, he acted in coordination with and at the direction of Individual-1,” SDNY prosecutors wrote in a sentencing memo for Cohen.
Cohen later confirmed, during sworn Congressional testimony, that “Individual-1 is President Donald J. Trump.”
Cohen pleaded guilty to his role in the campaign finance violations, among other financial crimes, and began serving a three-year sentence in May.
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