Ex-federal prosecutor says there's enough evidence to corroborate Cohen testimony on hush money payments

Former federal prosecutor Gene Rossi told Hill.TV's "Rising" on Monday that there is evidence to corroborate a claim from President TrumpDonald John TrumpThe Hill's Campaign Report: Democratic field begins to shrink ahead of critical stretch To ward off recession, Trump should keep his mouth and smartphone shut Trump: 'Who is our bigger enemy,' Fed chief or Chinese leader? MORE's former attorney, Michael CohenMichael Dean CohenCapitol Police advised Gaetz against holding open events I'm not a Nazi, I'm just a dude: What it's like to be the other Steve King Wyden blasts FEC Republicans for blocking probe into NRA over possible Russia donations MORE, that Trump was aware of the scheme to get Stormy Daniels to stay quiet about an alleged affairs with the president. 

"I have called three perjurers in an organized crime case, and the key to perjurers and people that lie is corroboration," Rossi told hosts Krystal Ball and Buck Sexton. 

"Those checks, the ones signed by [Donald Trump Jr.Donald (Don) John TrumpSarah Huckabee Sanders becomes Fox News contributor PETA billboard in Baltimore calls Kushner a 'rich pest' Dick Cheney to attend fundraiser supporting Trump reelection: report MORE] and Allen Weisselberg. Allen's the big one," he continued, referring to the Trump Organization's chief finance officer.

"Those checks and the one that President Trump signed in August of '17, they corroborate, in part, what Cohen said." 

"If you got documents to corroborate, emails. The September 7, 2016, tape of Cohen and the president, that's pretty good evidence to corroborate what Cohen's saying," Rossi added. 

Last month, Cohen presented the House Oversight and Reform Committee with two $35,000 checks that he said were reimbursements for the $130,000 in hush money payments he gave to Daniels prior to the 2016 election. 

One of the checks was signed by President Trump and the other was signed by Weisselberg and the president's eldest son. 

Trump has denied the alleged affair and has said that the hush money arrangement did not violate campaign finance laws.

— Julia Manchester