CREW filed a criminal complaint with the Department of Justice (DOJ) and U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York regarding Trump’s failure to disclose that he owed his attorney Michael Cohen $130,000 for hush money payments to adult film actress Stormy Daniels. Testimony from Michael Cohen’s February 2019 congressional hearing, documents associated with his guilty plea, and checks produced to Congress and the press add to existing evidence of criminality.
Cohen stated before the House Oversight Committee that President Trump personally reimbursed him for a $130,000 payment to Daniels. Cohen said that Trump “directed” him to use his “own personal funds from a Home Equity Line of Credit to avoid any money being traced back to him that could negatively impact his campaign.”
Previously, CREW filed criminal complaints against President Trump regarding his unreported liabilities tied to hush money payments and asked the DOJ and OGE to investigate. Trump only disclosed the payment owed to Cohen on his 2018 public financial disclosures when these investigations brought to light his legal obligation to do so.