Michael Cohen, a former attorney for Donald Trump and his fixer, came on Wednesday to the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office to speak with investigators looking into the former president’s alleged involvement in hush payments to a porn actress before the 2016 presidential election.
Although this is Cohen’s 15th interview with the district attorney’s office, it is the first one since a recently constituted grand jury started hearing testimony about the $130,000 payment made to Stormy Daniels to prevent her from speaking out about a long-denied affair with Trump.
David Pecker, the National Enquirer’s then-publisher, and Cohen worked together to arrange the payment. On January 30, Pecker went before the grand jury.
Former District Attorney Cy Vance dismissed the hush-money case. Still, it was reopened by current District Attorney Alvin Bragg, whose office has defended its choice not to indict Trump previously.
“I thought it’s important not only to shed light on the evidence but also the back and forth that took place,” said Mark Pomerantz, a former particular assistant district attorney who co-led the investigation until his resignation last year and the author of a new book, “People vs. Donald Trump: An Inside Account.”
In an interview aired on GMA3 on Wednesday, Pomerantz stated that “the fundamental question of culpability did not split people.”
“I believe there was concern that pursuing the case and losing would undermine public confidence in the justice system.”
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The evidence Pomerantz planned to present, which focused on Trump’s allegedly false assertions about his financial situation, was deemed “not ready” by Bragg, who also expressed concern that publishing the book may jeopardize the current probe.
“I didn’t write the book to try and help Donald Trump avoid prosecution. The message of the book is the evidence was there,” Pomerantz said. Trump has consistently denied having an affair with Daniels and has called Bragg’s investigation a “witch hunt.
For almost 4 years, Jason Martin has been a freelance writer for newspapers, journals, blogs, books, and online material. He covers the most recent news as well as many other topics.