Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s personal attorney Michael Cohen stands behind Trump.
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Court documents related to hush money payments arranged by President Donald Trump’s former lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen were filed unsealed Thursday.
The documents include a description of an Oct. 8, 2016, phone call Cohen received from Trump’s campaign communications chief Hope Hicks, during which “Trump joined the call,” which federal investigators believed was related to an effort to keep porn star Stormy Daniels going public with her claims of having had sex with Trump a decade earlier.
The filing by federal prosecutors in New York came a day after the judge in Cohen’s criminal case ordered their release, saying that the end of a probe into those payments meant they should be made public.
Cohen, 52, is serving a three-year prison sentence from campaign finance violations related to the hush money payments to two women who claim they had sex with Trump, as well as for other financial crimes and lying to Congress.
He admitted arranging payments to Daniels and to Playboy model Karen McDougal ahead of the 2016 presidential election in an effort to keep them from going public with stories of having had sex with Trump.
Trump has denied the women’s allegations.
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