Feds unlikely to charge Trump Organization execs in campaign finance case: report

Feds unlikely to charge Trump Organization execs in campaign finance case: report
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A federal probe into whether Trump Organization officials broke campaign finance laws appears to be nearing its conclusion without any charges filed, CNN reported Friday, citing people familiar with the matter.

Federal prosecutors have been investigating whether company executives broke the law, including when they sought to reimburse former Trump attorney Michael CohenMichael Dean CohenI'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 Hope Hicks defends accuracy of her congressional testimony MORE for hush-money payments he made to women who said they’d had affairs with President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump pushes back on recent polling data, says internal numbers are 'strongest we've had so far' Illinois state lawmaker apologizes for photos depicting mock assassination of Trump Scaramucci assembling team of former Cabinet members to speak out against Trump MORE before he was elected.


People familiar with the probe told CNN that the investigation has geared down and prosecutors do not appear poised to bring any charges against the company’s employees.

The Justice Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Hill. A spokesperson for the Manhattan U.S. Attorney's office declined to comment to CNN, and an attorney for the Trump Organization also declined to comment for its report.

Prosecutors first requested interviews with company executives in January, according to CNN, one month after Cohen was sentenced to three years in prison, partially over the payments. However, the interviews reportedly never took place.

There has also been no communication between the Manhattan U.S. Attorney's office and the Trump Organization in over five months, one person familiar with the matter told CNN. There is no indication that the case has been officially closed. 

Cohen during congressional testimony in February implicated several Trump Organization executives who he said were aware of the hush-money payments and involved in reimbursing him. Prosecutors say the executives reimbursed Cohen $420,000 to cover his payments and a bonus and that they falsely recorded those payments as legal expenses.