NYT: Cohen Dished On Trump Org And The Inaugural To Manhattan Feds

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February 22, 2019 5:37 p.m.

Former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen gave Manhattan federal prosecutors new information about the president’s family business and about a donor to his inaugural committee, the New York Times reports.

Cohen reportedly told prosecutors from the Southern District of New York about potential “irregularities” involving the Trump Organization’s insurance claims, as well as about inaugural committee donor Imaad Zuberi.

Zuberi was the only individual named in a subpoena issued to the committee by Manhattan federal prosecutors earlier this month.

Cohen reportedly said that Zuberi tried to hire him as a private consultant at the same time as he contributed $900,000 to the committee.

Zuberi supposedly wrote Cohen a check for $100,000, but it was never cashed. The LA-based venture capitalist had previously denied any interactions with Cohen beyond a few, brief conversations around the time of the inaugural.

Cohen is set to head to federal prison in May, after a Manhattan federal judge sentenced him to three years in prison in December 2018 on tax evasion charges and crimes related to a hush payment involving the Trump campaign. He also pleaded guilty to one charge of lying to Congress in a case brought by special counsel Robert Mueller.

Cohen is set to testify before Congress next week, and agreed to cooperate with the Mueller investigation. He did not sign a full cooperation agreement with the Manhattan feds, as they repeatedly noted at his sentencing.

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