Trump’s Lawyer Used Trump.Org Emails To Negotiate Payment To Porn Star

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NBC:

President Donald Trump’s personal attorney used his Trump Organization email while arranging to transfer money into an account at a Manhattan bank before he wired $130,000 to adult film star Stormy Daniels to buy her silence.

The lawyer, Michael Cohen, also regularly used the same email account during 2016 negotiations with the actress — whose legal name is Stephanie Clifford — before she signed a nondisclosure agreement, a source familiar with the discussions told NBC News.

And Clifford’s attorney at the time addressed correspondence to Cohen in his capacity at the Trump Organization and as “Special Counsel to Donald J. Trump,” the source said.

Why does that matter?  Well, since this whole thing became public, Cohen has tried to distance his dealings with the porn star from Trump. “Neither the Trump Organization nor the Trump campaign was a party to the transaction with Ms. Clifford, and neither reimbursed me for the payment, either directly or indirectly,” Cohen said in a statement last week.

But the email below (which is partially redacted) that deals with the transfer of funds, shows that the Trump Organization WAS involved as it employs the TRUMP.ORG email address.

The email, dated Oct. 26, 2017, was sent to Cohen by an assistant to First Republic Bank senior managing director Gary Farro. The email appears to have been a reply to Cohen; the subject was “RE: First Republic Bank Transfer” and the message confirmed that “the funds have been deposited into your checking account.”

The email did not provide any more details about the accounts the money was transferred from or into and it was not clear whether or not they were personal accounts or corporate accounts. It also did not specify the amount.

The next day, Cohen wired money from First Republic to the City National Bank account of lawyer Keith Davidson, who was representing Clifford at the time.

The $130,000 question, however, is from whose account was the money transferred on Oct. 26, 2017.

The email “suggests” it might have been a Trump Organization account since the correspondence was through Cohen’s Trump email. It is “curious” that after Cohen got the email, he immediately forwarded it to his personal gmail and then used gmail to forward it to Davidson, presumably to show the money was ready to be wired.

Looks like the truth is closing in on Trump, but you wouldn’t know it if you had been following right wing news.

Yesterday morning, there was not one article about the latest Stormy Daniels developments featured prominently on the Fox News homepage. A search in TV Eyes, a media monitoring search engine, returned only two segments in which the unfolding drama was discussed on the network Thursday morning.

On the web, there was a similar blackout. The Drudge Report, a highly-trafficked conservative news website from which the right-wing press frequently takes its editorial cues, featured zero stories on the matter.

Breitbart, the pro-Trump website previously headed by Steve Bannon, the former White House chief strategist, had a pair of stories on its homepage, but they were not given prime placement.

Similarly, there was one story on the homepage of The Daily Caller, a conservative news website founded by Fox News host Tucker Carlson, but it was buried under a slew of other stories.

The problem is this: this is not something that can be blamed on Hillary.