Roughly a year ago, rumors surfaced that current United States President Donald J. Trump had engaged in an affair with adult film star and entertainer Stormy Daniels in the mid-2000s. At the time, Trump was married to his current wife, Melania Trump, who was then pregnant with the couple’s son Baron.
Months after the rumors initially came to light, it became clear that President Trump had paid Stormy Daniels over $100,000 as part of a non-disclosure agreement to not speak about the affair between them. Although Trump did not pay Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, directly, he had paid his attorney Michael Cohen to deliver the payment of “hush money” to the adult entertainment figure.
Just yesterday, on Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019, Michael Cohen testified in front of the United States House of Representatives’ Oversight Committee to address how he was involved with President Trump and whether Trump did anything wrong after he assumed office as the President of the United States of America.
Cohen was called to testify because he was found guilty of a handful of federal charges that ultimately landed him a three-year bid in prison back in December. Although it’s not clear when Michael Cohen, who has since been disbarred as an attorney in the United States, will go to prison to begin serving his sentence, it is clear that he helped Donald Trump cover up illegal activities. The charges that Cohen was slapped with included lying in front of United States Congress while under oath about Trump’s activities related to erecting a Trump Tower in Moscow, Russia, and covering up violations in campaign finance law that the Trump campaign had made prior to the 2016 presidential election.
Michael Cohen was first hired by Donald Trump in 2007.
At the hearing yesterday, Cohen admitted that both he and President Trump knew that paying Stormy Daniels any amount of money to stay quiet about the pair’s affair more than a decade before he took office was illegal. It was also made clear that Trump was fully aware that Cohen made payments to at least one other woman that Trump had an affair with roughly a decade ago, as well. Cohen was reimbursed in full for all the payments that he helped facilitate between President Trump and the women that he had allegedly slept with some years ago.
It’s not clear what will happen to President Trump.