Trump ex-lawyer Cohen meets again with New York prosecutors
NEW YORK (AP) — Donald Trump's former lawyer Michael Cohen met again Wednesday with New York City prosecutors who have spent years examining the former president's financial dealings.
Cohen stopped briefly to talk with reporters as he entered the Manhattan district attorney's office in the morning, and then when he exited several hours later. He said it was the 15th time he had met with prosecutors.
Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg recently convened a new grand jury to hear evidence related to payments Cohen helped arrange in 2016 to two women who claimed to have had sexual encounters with Trump.
Leaving the office, Cohen told reporters he had met with prosecutors for roughly 2 1/2 hours. He wouldn't reveal details about what kinds of questions he had been asked, or where he thought the investigation was headed, but said prosecutors seemed “extremely well prepared.”
Cohen was previously one of Trump's top lieutenants, acting as a liaison with the media and handling some of his legal and business affairs. But after federal prosecutors charged Cohen with tax evasion and criminal campaign finance violations, the two have become enemies.
Cohen testified before Congress that Trump's company misled banks and others about the value of its assets, helping to spur investigations that led to the Trump Organization's conviction in December on charges that it helped some of its executives avoid personal income taxes.
The existence of the new grand jury was previously confirmed by two people familiar with the investigation, who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly about the secret proceeding.
Trump has denied having extramarital affairs with either of the women — porn star Stormy Daniels and model Karen McDougal. Trump's lawyers have said the payments were legal and that the investigation is politically motivated.