Michael Cohen Subpoeaned By NY Investigators In Trump Foundation Probe

Wednesday, August 22, 2018
By Paul Martin

by Tyler Durden
ZeroHedge.com
Wed, 08/22/2018

New York investigators have subpoenaed President Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, in connection with an ongoing probe of the Trump Foundation, the Associated Press reported on Wednesday.

“A subpoena has been issued to Michael Cohen for relevant information in light of the public disclosures made yesterday,” James Gazzale, a spokesperson for the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance, told CNBC.

Cohen pleaded guilty on Tuesday in a Manhattan federal court to eight criminal charges – including tax fraud and campaign finance crimes, while at the same time claiming that President Trump instructed him to make payments to two women who have accused the president of affairs over a decade ago.

The probe into the Trump foundation was intitially opened by then-NY Attorney General Eric “We Could Rarely Have Sex Without Him Beating Me” Schneiderman in September, 2016 as the election was drawing to a close.

Schneiderman’s replacement, NY AG Barbara Underwood, filed suit against Trump and several family members in June alleging a pattern of “persistently illegal conduct” at the family’s nonprofit foundation.

As The Hill reported in 2016, The Donald J. Trump Foundation had been coming under increasing media pressure for misreporting a number of donations and using its money in a questionable fashion.

Schneiderman reportedly told CNN’s “The Lead” on Tuesday that his interest in Trump’s foundation connects with his role “as regulator of nonprofits in New York state.”

“We have been concerned that the Trump Foundation may have engaged in some impropriety from that point of view,” Schneiderman reportedly said on CNN.

“We’ve inquired into it and we’ve had correspondence with them. I didn’t make a big deal out of it or hold a press conference,” he added.

“We have been looking into the Trump Foundation to make sure it’s complying with the laws governing charities in New York.”

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