Court Unseals Docs In Trump’s Hush Money Payoffs

NBC News reports:

A federal judge on Wednesday ordered prosecutors to release the unredacted search warrants and other documents related to Michael Cohen’s campaign finance case now that the investigation has concluded.

Cohen, President Donald Trump’s former lawyer and fixer, is serving a three-year prison sentence for a slew of crimes, including breaking campaign finance laws by hiding payments to two women who claimed they had affairs with Trump.

“The campaign finance violations discussed in the materials are a matter of national importance,” Judge William Pauley III said in court papers, denying the government’s request for limited redactions. “Now that the government’s investigation into those violations has concluded, it is time that every American has an opportunity to scrutinize the materials.”

Law & Crime reports:

The hush money probe, you may recall, related to payoffs of porn star Stormy Daniels and former Playboy Playmate Karen McDougal to keep affairs with Donald Trump quiet before the 2016 election.

Trump Organization CFO Allen Weisselberg and American Media Inc. (parent company of National Enquirer) CEO David Pecker both received immunity as part of the investigation. Donald Trump Jr.’s signature was on a hush payment check.

Cohen, who is currently serving out a three-year prison sentence in Otisville, New York, said in court that then-candidate Trump “directed him” to make the hush payments. Trump was referred to as “Individual-1” in SDNY filings.