New York AG plans criminal investigation into Michael Cohen's taxes
- Author: Leroy Wright Aug 25, 2018,
Aug 25, 2018, 14:46
"A lot of lawyers on television and lawyers I have say they aren't crimes", Trump said on the campaign finance violations.
On Wednesday, Trump fired back, tweeting, "If anyone is looking for a good lawyer, I would strongly suggest that you don't retain the services of Michael Cohen!". "P$3 ut more precisely, the only thing illegal about that meeting was how the woman got in the country, how she got a visa from the Obama State Department, and why she was meeting with an official from Fusion GPS before and after the Trump Tower meeting".
James Gazzale, a spokesman for the state tax department, declined to comment on precise details of the subpoena.
The New York Democrat criticized Republicans for backing Trump despite numerous controversial episodes that have rankled and sidetracked his campaign and administrative agenda since he took office, including the "Access Hollywood" tape in which he appears to brag about sexually assaulting women and the press conference in Helsinki, Finland, last month where he sided with Russian President Vladimir Putin over USA intelligence agencies by questioning whether Russia interfered in the 2016 election. It is a crime in NY to fail to pay state taxes, and Underwood's office has authority to pursue such cases. "However no nation has a more talented, more dedicated group of law enforcement investigators and prosecutors than the United States".
When Cohen testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee last fall, Cohen said he himself did not know of the Trump Tower meeting beforehand and that he had no idea whether Trump did either, Axios reported, citing three unidentified sources.
The attorney general in June sued Trump's charitable foundation, claiming it persistently broke state and federal laws through improper political activity, self-dealing and failing to follow basic fiduciary obligations.
Trump panned the lawsuit after it was filed.
"I won't settle this case!" Those attorneys have also stated that special counsel Robert Mueller, investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election, plans to stick to those guidelines.
Now the two agencies appear to be working more closely.
In the meantime, Cohen may agree to testify to the inquiry into alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation.
In the interview with Bloomberg on Wednesday, Davis commented further regarding the dossier's claim that Cohen visited Prague.
Dershowitz disputed Davis' assertion, saying there are "deep questions" about the law and whether Trump committed a crime with regard to the hush money payments.
In this August 21, 2018, photo, Michael Cohen, center, leaves federal court in NY.
"You don't have those roadblocks you would have in a case against Trump the person".
Underwood and Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo have called on lawmakers to close the loophole.
On Tuesday, Michael Cohen pleaded guilty to making an excessive and unreported in-kind contribution to President Trump's 2016 campaign by paying $130,000 to Stephanie Clifford - better known by her stage name, Stormy Daniels - for the purposes of keeping her alleged affair with Trump under wraps during the crucial closing days of the election.
"A subpoena has been issued to Michael Cohen for relevant information in light of the public disclosures made yesterday", said Tax Department spokesperson John Gazzale in a statement. What about the world of luxury residential building in which Mr. Cohen plied his trade with the Trump Organization?
Among the pardons Trump has already given out are those to former Sheriff Joe Arpaio and Dinesh D'Souza.