Who Is Michael Cohen? Donald Trump’s Former Lawyer Who Paid Porn Star Stormy Daniels £92,000 ‘hush Money’

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DONALD Trump’s personal lawyer Michael Cohen has been in the news frequently following the Stormy Daniels saga.

Now reports allege he took £300,000 to set up a meeting with Ukraine’s leader. Here’s the lowdown on the US President’s “fixer”.

AP:Associated Press Michael Cohen is Donald Trump’s personal lawyer who has worked for the President for some years

Who is Michael Cohen?

Michael Dean Cohen is a lawyer who has worked for Donald Trump for several years.

He was born on Long Island, New York, in 1966, the son of a nurse and a surgeon.

Cohen studied his undergraduate degree at American University in Washington DC before studying law at Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Lasing, Michigan.

He has been a member of both the Democratic and Republican parties during his life.

AP:Associated Press Cohen has worked for Trump for a number of years becoming one of his most trusted aides

When did he start working for Donald Trump?

Cohen became an executive at the Trump Organisation and by 2011 gained a reputation as The Donald’s “pitbull”.

He had bought several homes in buildings owned by Trump before joining his organisation and has been a high profile supporter and defender of him in the media for some years.

In April last year he was made a National Deputy Finance Chairman of the Republican National Committee.

Did he pay $130,000 in hush money to Stormy Daniels?

Cohen recently admitted paying porn star Stormy Daniels £92,000 days before the US election in 2016.

She claims the payment was hush money – to stop her being interviewed about her alleged affair with the now US President.

Daniels, 39, real name Stephanie Clifford, alleges that she slept with Trump following a celebrity golf tournament in Nevada in 2006.

Trump denied knowing anything about the payment to Daniels – in his first public comments on the sex scandal.

He continued: “You’ll have to ask Michael Cohen. Michael is my attorney. You’ll have to ask Michael.”

CBS Cohen has admitted to paying porn star Stormy Daniels £92,000 just before the 2016 presidential election

On April 9 the FBI raided Cohen’s offices in Manhattan seizing records relating to the payment.

According to Vanity Fair the FBI also spent several hours raiding Michael Cohen’s hotel room at the Loews Regency in New York.

Stephen Ryan, Cohen’s lawyer, called the search “completely inappropriate and unnecessary”.

He said: “The US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York executed a series of search warrants and seized the privileged communications between my client, Michael Cohen, and his clients.

“I have been advised by federal prosecutors that the New York action is, in part, a referral by the Office of Special Counsel, Robert Mueller.”

What are the Ukraine allegations?

Cohen is expected to strike a deal to cooperate with prosecutors probing him over alleged wire and bank fraud.

He has made a number of court appearances in an effort to block prosecutors from using 3.7million documents seized from his home and office in an FBI raid.

Since that raid, Cohen has been represented by Stephen Ryan and Todd Harrison of the firm McDermott, Will & Emery LLP – but messages left for Cohen have not been immediately returned.

Special counsel Robert Mueller is probing Cohen, who is understood to have ditched his lawyers and, according to US media including ABC News, is preparing to “flip”.

ABC News said the lawyers are “not expected to represent him going forward”.

This switch could indicate Cohen is set to cooperate with prosecutors.

In May 2018, the BBC reported Mr Cohen was paid at least $400,000 to set up a White House meeting between Mr Trump and the president of Ukraine.

Sources in Kiev claim the payment was made by go-betweens acting for President Petro Poroshenko.

Cohen denies the allegation and there is absolutely no suggestion Trump knew about the alleged payment.

US President Donald Trump denies knowing anything about alleged payment to porn star Stormy Daniels

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