Prosecutors probing potential links between Trump Organization executives and hush-money payments: report

Federal prosecutors are reportedly continuing to probe potential links between Trump Organization executives and the two nondisclosure payments that President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump PACs brought in over M for the first half of 2021 Chicago owes Trump M tax refund, state's attorney mounts legal challenge Biden hits resistance from unions on vaccine requirement MORE's former lawyer Michael Cohen says the then-candidate helped coordinate.

The prosecutors have requested documents and other materials from the Trump Organization in recent weeks, The New York Times reported on Sunday. They are trying to identify if other organization officials helped pay off two women to keep them quiet about alleged affairs with Trump, according to the newspaper.


In a sentencing memo released on Friday, prosecutors with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York said for the first time that Cohen acted “in coordination with and at the direction” of Trump when he organized payments to Stormy Daniels and Karen McDougal, women who claimed that they had affairs with Trump in 2006. Trump has denied the alleged affairs.

Cohen has told prosecutors that other Trump Organization executives were involved in the payments, including the chief financial officer, Allen Weisselberg, the Times reported.

Cohen's lawyer in July released an audio recording in which Cohen can be heard telling Trump that he had spoken to Weisselberg about setting up a company to make a payment aimed at silencing a former Playboy model’s allegation of an affair with Trump.

The Trump Organization and lawyers for Weisselberg and Cohen declined to comment for the Times report.

Cohen has pleaded guilty to two campaign finance violations in connection with the payoff schemes.

The latest filing suggests that U.S. prosecutors have evidence showing that Trump directed the payments beyond Cohen’s claims.