U.S. congressional Democrats are planning to investigate allegations of President Donald Trump's involvement in hush-money payments to women who say they had affairs with him, the Washington Post reported on Monday.
EXISTING GRAPHICS MAY BE OVERWRITTEN BY CLIENT'S OWN GRAPHICS BUT NO FURTHER EDITS ARE PERMITTED, INCLUDING FOR LENGTH** House Democrats are expanding their inquiries into President Trump to include his alleged role in hush-money payments made during the 2016 campaign to women who say they had affairs with him.
According to the Washington Post, the House Judiciary Committee plans to hold hearings and call witnesses on the possible campaign violations as soon as October.
Last year Trump's personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, admitted to making the payments to adult-film star Stormy Daniels and ex-Playboy model Karen McDougal, saying he was directed to do so by Trump with court papers referring to Trump as Individual - 1.
Trump has denied the affairs and claims he never told Cohen to do anything illegal.
Cohen pleaded guilty to charges the payoffs amounted to illegal campaign contributions and is serving 3-years in prison.
Democrats now tell the Post they believe there's enough evidence to name Trump as a co-conspirator.
One possible 'star' witness could be David Pecker, the chairman and CEO of American Media Inc, which publishes the National Enquirer tabloid newspaper.
AMI made a $150,000 payment to McDougal "in concert" with Trump's presidential campaign, and later cut a deal with federal prosecutors to avoid prosecution.
The new inquiry by the Democrats comes as they pursue five instances of potential obstruction of justice by Trump, detailed in former Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report on the Russia probe.
The push to hold Trump accountable has been messy, and this latest try is widely viewed as an effort by Democrats to break an impasse over impeachment.
The majority of House Democrats…including some powerful leaders have already called for an official impeachment inquiry to begin.
But Speaker Nancy Pelosi has repeatedly cautioned it would be a risky political move without solid public support that has yet to materialize.
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[NFA] Michael Cohen, U.S. President Donald Trump's former personal attorney, was taken to a federal jail on Thursday after refusing to agree to a gag order as a condition of serving his criminal sentence under home confinement, Cohen's lawyer said. Freddie Joyner reports.
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Former special counsel Robert Mueller is defending his office's prosecution of Roger Stone. As part of Mueller's Russia investigation, Stone was convicted of lying to Congress, witness tampering and obstructing Congress. In an op-ed for the Washington Post, Mueller said Stone is still a convicted felon, despite President Donald Trump's commutation of Stone's sentence. Because his sentence has been commuted, he will not go to prison. But his conviction stands.
The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday agreed to hear a bid by President Donald Trump's administration to avoid disclosing to the House Judiciary Committee grand jury materials related to former Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report documenting Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, but justices likely won't rule on the case until after the Nov. 3 election. Colette Luke has more.
Justice Department prosecutor Aaron Zelinksy will testify to Congress this week about the sentencing of former GOP strategist Roger Stone. According to Business Insider, Zelinsky will say that senior leadership improperly interfered in Stone's sentencing recommendation for political reasons. Zelinsky worked on the former special counsel Robert Mueller's team during the FBI's Russia probe. Stone's conviction was one of the most high profile victories they secured.
Trevor Noah is ripping into those who visited Walt Disney World in Orlando over the weekend, Tom Bergeron will no longer host ABC's 'Dancing With the Stars' and Tamera Mowry-Housley is leaving 'The Real' after six seasons.
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