In a stunning new development in the case against former President Donald J. Trump, a new piece of evidence could throw a wrench into efforts by vindictive Manhattan Attorney General Alvin Bragg and a New York grand jury to indict the 2024 Republican Party frontrunner.
On Thursday, a 2018 letter from the lawyer of star witness Michael Cohen to the Federal Election Commission (FEC) states that his client acted alone in paying “hush money” to pornographic film star Stormy Daniels and he did so using his own personal funds, a document that contradicts the story of a man who has been described as a “serial liar” and one that could be a potential game changer in a case that is already highly problematic for Bragg and his prosecutors.
According to the letter to the federal election officials signed by attorney Stephen Ryan, Cohen “used his own personal funds to facilitate a payment of $130,000 to Ms. Stephanie Clifford,” the actress’s real name, and “Neither the Trump Organization nor the Trump campaign was a party to the transaction with Ms. Clifford, and neither reimbursed Mr. Cohen for the payment directly or indirectly,” an explanation that appears to be inconsistent with the disgraced fixer’s sworn testimony to Congress.
Trump took to his Truth Social platform to tout what could be a smoking gun in the trumped-up case against him, claiming that the latter is “totally exculpatory” and calling for the end of Bragg’s malicious prosecution.
“Wow, look what was just found—A Letter from Cohen’s Lawyer to the Federal Election Commission. This is totally exculpatory, and must end the Manhattan District Attorney’s Witch Hunt, immediately. Cohen admits that he did it himself. The D.A. should get on with prosecuting violent criminals, so people can walk down the sidewalks of New York without being murdered!” Trump wrote.
(Image: Screengrab/Truth Social)
The February 8, 2018 letter, which is a response to an FEC probe resulting from a campaign finance violation complaint filed by Paul S. Ryan of the watchdog organization Common Cause, states that “Contrary to the allegations in the complaint, which are entirely speculative, neither Mr. Cohen nor Essential Consultants LLC made any in-kind contributions to Donald J. Trump for President, Inc., or any other presidential campaign committee.”
“Mr. Cohen has not been a government employee during any of the relevant time period. The payment in question does not constitute a campaign contribution or expenditure and, therefore, the FEC lacks jurisdiction over this matter,” the letter reads. “The complainants have not and cannot present any evidence to the contrary. Accordingly, the complaint should be dismissed.”
In a Feb 2018 document just uncovered, Michael Cohen’s own attorney, in a letter to the Federal Election Commission, says that “the payment in question does NOT constitute a campaign contribution.”
Is the key witness is lying to the Grand Jury and imploding… pic.twitter.com/A8rDS48XCQ
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) March 23, 2023
The letter surfaced on a day when the grand jury’s deliberations were unexpectedly canceled and Fox News reported that there could be problems within Bragg’s office over the unprecedented move to charge and potentially publicly arrest a former United States president, a dramatic escalation in the corrupt establishment’s war on Trump that could sink his efforts to return to the White House, and a blow to the nation’s longstanding tradition of allowing the people to choose their own leaders and one that will show the world that despite all the pontificating about “democracy,” America is now just another banana republic – albeit it one with the most powerful military on the planet.
Sources told Fox News Digital that Wednesday’s grand jury session was called off amid “major dissension” with in the DA’s office with one source claiming that Bragg is “having trouble convincing the grand jury on potential charges due to the ‘weakness’ of the case.”
Whether the new “totally exculpatory” evidence is indeed the game-changing development that Trump believes it to be remains to be seen but the fact that it has now gone viral will only serve to further undermine the legitimacy of Bragg’s office if the former president is indicted.
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