Trump’s personal lawyer to plead guilty to crimes including tax evasion

President Trump’s personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, is expected to plead guilty to crimes including tax evasion, according to The New York Times.

Special counsel Robert S. Mueller III is expected to interview Trump in May, the Times reported. The interview would be Mr. Mueller’s first since early this year, when Mr. Trump fired FBI Director James B. Comey, who was leading the investigation.

Mr. Cohen, 48, served as Mr. Trump’s personal attorney until February, when he paid $130,000 to Karen McDougal, a former Playboy model who said she had an affair with Mr. Trump in 2006. Mr. Cohen said he was acting on Mr. Trump’s order. Mr. McDougal’s claims, while unsubstantiated, were corroborated by three former Playboy models who said they too had affairs with Mr. Trump.

Mr. Cohen also faced scrutiny in connection with the hush money payments to the adult film actress Stormy Daniels, who has said she had an affair with Mr. Trump in 2006. In addition, federal authorities also looked into Mr. Cohen’s role in setting up a limited liability company that ultimately acquired the Trump Organization and other assets. The company was incorporated in the Virgin Islands and used accounts at a bank in Delaware. The terms of the arrangement, along with conversations Mr. Cohen had with other business associates and the limited company’s payments, are under scrutiny as part of the investigation, according to The New York Times.

Read the full article at The New York Times.


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