The Manhattan District Attorney’s Office may push for criminal charges against the Trump Organization and two senior company executives over a hush-money that former Trump personal lawyer Michael Cohen paid to adult film star Stormy Daniels, the New York Times reports.
A state investigation would look at how the Trump Organization accounted for its reimbursement to Cohen for the $130,000 he paid to Daniels, who claims to have had an affair with the president.
Earlier this week, Cohen admitted to a judge that the payment was made with the intent of buying the actress’s silence.
Two officials with knowledge of the matter told the newspaper that the DA’s office is in the early stages of its review and has not yet made a decision on whether to proceed.
The Times reports that the company recorded the reimbursement to Cohen as a legal expense, but Cohen didn’t actually do any legal work in connection with the matter. Federal prosecutors have also claimed that the reimbursements were for fake legal invoices.
Investigators in the DA’s office, who reviewed the court documents about the campaign finance charges and other federal crimes to which Trump’s former “fixer” pleaded guilty, are now trying to find out whether business records were falsified.