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- The drama surrounding President Donald Trump and his former longtime lawyer Michael Cohen is continuing to unfold.
- Here is a full timeline of events involving Cohen.
It’s been a wild few months for President Donald Trump’s former longtime lawyer Michael Cohen.
Cohen finds himself at the center of an investigation in the Southern District of New York into whether he violated campaign-finance laws, committed bank fraud or wire fraud, engaged in illegal lobbying, or participated in other crimes. The FBI raided Cohen’s home, hotel room, and office in April, seizing more than 4 million documents him.
At the center of Cohen’s troubles is a $130,000 hush-money payment he facilitated weeks before the 2016 presidential election to porn star Stormy Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, to keep her from talking about her allegation of a 2006 affair with Trump. The FBI sought documents related to that payment and other similar agreements with other women.
Trump, Cohen, and the White House have denied that an affair took place. Originally, Cohen said Trump did not reimburse him for the payment. In May, Trump acknowledged that he did.
After publicly proclaiming himself as so loyal to Trump he would even take a bullet for him, Cohen has started to distance himself from the president. During an interview with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos published earlier this month, Cohen said his family “and this country” have his “first loyalty.”