(Los Angeles, CA-AP) — L.A. prosecutors are charging celebrity lawyer Michael Avenatti in a 36-count federal indictment. Avenatti has been indicted by a federal grand jury for fraud, perjury, failure to pay taxes, embezzlement and other financial crimes.
The grand jury in Southern California believes that the former lawyer for porn star Stormy Daniels stole millions of dollars from five clients and used shell companies and bank accounts to cover it up.
The announcement comes just days after Avenatti was hit with criminal complaints in L.A. and New York. He was arrested in New York for an alleged plot to extort money from Nike.
U.S. attorney in Los Angeles Nick Hanna went over some of the details of the new indictment, including defrauding a paraplegic client of a four-million-dollar settlement then using the cash for his coffee business and auto races. Avenatti allegedly took nearly three-million from another client’s legal settlement and bought a jet. Hanna said that jet has been seized.
(Washington, DC) – Michael Cohen told the American people what most already knew and believed prior to Donald Trump’s personal attorney speaking before the country.
Donald Trump has not been truthful and as Michael Cohen ripped his former boss in explosive testimony before the House Oversight Committee today, Cohen called Donald Trump a conman, a cheat and a racist.
Trump’s former personal lawyer and fixer said he is ashamed of taking part in Trump’s “illicit acts.” He also called himself ashamed of his own “weakness and misplaced loyalty.” Cohen said Trump was aware that longtime ally Roger Stone was talking to WikiLeaks about hacked Democratic emails, inflating financial records to insurance companies and most importantly paying a series of checks worth 35k to reimburse Cohen for the money he had used to pay Stormy Daniels and then put the money under the guise of campaign finances.
Cohen also said Trump inflated his net worth by four-billion dollars to try and purchase the Buffalo Bills. Speaking today before the House Oversight Committee, Michael Cohen filed financial documents that Trump submitted during his 2014 attempt to buy the NFL team. The documents submitted to a bank show Trump’s net worth for 2011 through 2013, but the third report included an additional four-billion dollars in so-called “brand value” that the others did not have. Cohen said Trump inflated and deflated his total assets when it “served his purposes.”
Cohen is headed to prison for lying to Congress, tax fraud, bank fraud and campaign finance violations. Donald Trump could be sharing the cell next door depending on the next steps that could be taken. Suddenly, the sound of ‘Impeachment’ is roaring
(Washington, DC-AP) — Donald Trump was reportedly in the room during hush money discussions with a tabloid publisher. In 2015, Trump’s lawyer Michael Cohen, National Enquirer publisher David Pecker and one other person discussed ways to counter negative stories about Trump’s relationships with women.
According to a person familiar with the matter, the “other member” was Trump. Trump was first identified as attending the meeting by the Wall Street Journal.
(New York, NY-AP) — President Trump’s former lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen is headed to prison. A federal judge in New York imposed a sentence of three years today. Cohen pleaded guilty to tax fraud, banking fraud and violations of campaign finance laws. He pleaded guilty campaign finance violations involving hush money payments to porn star Stormy Daniels and another woman who claimed they had affairs with President Trump a decade ago. Cohen also admitted to lying to Congress about plans to build a Trump Tower in Moscow.
Before sentencing, Cohen apologized and said he takes full responsibility for each criminal act, including those involving the President. Cohen said he felt a need to cover up Trump’s “dirty deeds.”
Cohen noted that blind loyalty to Trump led him to choose darkness over light. Cohen arranged hefty hush money payments to adult film star Stormy Daniels and former Playboy model Karen McDougal before the 2016 presidential election. Both women alleged they had affairs with Trump. Trump has denied the accusations. He has called the payments private transactions that were not subject to campaign finance laws.
(New York, NY-AP) –– President Trump’s former personal lawyer and fixer, Michael Cohen, will find out today how much time he’ll do behind bars. Sentencing guidelines call for four to five years and despite his lawyers’ calls for leniency, federal prosecutors say Cohen deserves a stiff sentence because he wasn’t as forthcoming as he could have been.
He’s pleaded guilty to tax and campaign finance violations involving hush money payments to porn star Stormy Daniels and another woman who claimed they had affairs with Trump a decade ago. Cohen told federal prosecutors he made those payments during the 2016 presidential campaign at the direction of Donald Trump.
(New York, NY-AP) — Prosecutors in New York are thinking about pursing criminal charges against the Trump Organization and two senior company officials.
The New York Times reports that the Manhattan district attorney is considering an investigation connected to payments President Trump’s former attorney Michael Cohen made to porn star Stormy Daniels. Cohen pleaded guilty this week to eight charges related to the payment to Daniels and another woman who claimed to have had an affair with President Trump.
Court papers in Cohen’s case showed the Trump Organization paid him and he later used that money to pay off the two women. Investigators now want to know if the business falsified records when it paid Cohen.
(New York, NY) – A secret tape between Donald Trump and his attorney Michael Cohen is coming to light. CNN broadcast the tape that was recorded in 2016. CNN claims the conversation deals with how Trump was looking to buy the rights to the story of Playboy model Karen McDougal, who says she had an affair with him.
Cohen can be heard talking about starting a company for, quote, “the transfer of all that info regarding our friend David.” That could refer to Trump’s friend David Pecker, the head of National Enquirer owner American Media. The Playboy model’s name is never mentioned in the recording.
(New York, NY) – Adult film star Stormy Daniels’ interview with federal prosecutors is being canceled. Daniels’ attorney Michael Avenatti says prosecutors scrapped the meeting after the media learned of it. She was due to be interviewed by investigators looking into President Trump’s lawyer Michael Cohen.
Cohen has admitted to paying Daniels 130-thousand-dollars to keep her quiet about an affair she claims she had with Trump. The President has denied the affair. However, the payment has come under the scrutiny of investigators as they probe Cohen’s business dealings and possible campaign finance violations.
(SL) – President Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani is defending recent comments about porn star Stormy Daniels. Giuliani had said Daniels has no credibility because of what she does for a living.During an interview with CNN today, Giuliani said Daniels has no reputation that can be damaged. He said, “If you’re going to sell your body for money, you just don’t have a reputation.” He also argued that feminists who support the porn industry should turn in their credentials.
He also said, in so many words, that given the appearance of Trump’s three wives that he would never entertain Stormy Daniels; adding that Melania believes her husband’s denial of the affair. A spokesperson for Mrs. Trump says she doesn’t believe Melania and Rudy have ever discussed the topic.
Daniels is in a legal fight with Trump over her claim that the two had an affair in 2006.Daniels’ attorney Michael Avenatti demanded that Giuliani be fired immediately. Avenatti said any man who has never watched porn is free to criticize adult film stars.
It’s important to note that Rudy Giuliani was married to his second cousin Regina Peruggi for 14 years, from 1968-1982.
(Washington, DC) – AT&T and drug-maker Novartis are issuing an apology for what they call poor judgment after cutting deals with the President’s personal lawyer, Michael Cohen. The CEO’s of the two companies are both doing damage control as Cohen is now under a criminal investigation for his business dealings.
AT&T and Novartis used Cohen as a political consultant for insights into President Trump’s thinking. Both companies are denying that Cohen lobbied on their behalf.
AT&T paid cohen 600,000 for advice on a $85 billion merger with Time Warner, which required the approval of federal antitrust regulators.Swiss pharmaceutical giant Novartis hired Cohen to “advise the company as to how the Trump administration might approach certain US healthcare policy matters,” as the company explained in a very embarrassed statement this week. Based on little more than the man’s boasts about his influence, Novartis agreed to pay Cohen, Trump’s conduit to alleged lover Stormy Daniels, $1.2 million per year, in 12 monthly installments.