Prosecutors are investigating whether Hope Hicks helped coordinate Trump's illegal hush money payments: WSJ

Prosecutors are investigating whether Hope Hicks helped coordinate Trump's illegal hush money payments: WSJ

Prosecutors working for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York are investigating whether longtime Trump confidant Hope Hicks helped coordinate hush-money payments made to silence women who alleged to have affairs with President Donald Trump.


The Wall Street Journal reports that SDNY prosecutors “asked Ms. Hicks about her contacts with Mr. Pecker, the CEO of American Media, publisher of the National Enquirer” and also “asked at least one other witness whether Ms. Hicks had coordinated with anyone at American Media concerning a Journal article on Nov. 4, 2016—days before the election—that revealed American Media had paid $150,000 for the rights to former Playboy model Karen McDougal’s story of an alleged affair with Mr. Trump.”

Former Trump “fixer” Michael Cohen pleaded guilty last year to making illegal campaign contributions in the form of hush money payments to McDougal and adult film star Stormy Daniels. Cohen’s guilty plea directly implicated Trump in committing a felony by saying that he had made the payments “at the direction” of the president.

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