New York State Summons Cohen In Trump Foundation Probe
Reprinted with permission from AlterNet.
New York state issued a subpoena Wednesday for Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s longtime lawyer and fixer who pleaded guilty to eight federal this week, as a part of its investigation into the shady Trump Foundation, according to the Associated Press. The foundation has already been sued by the state attorney general, who alleged it committed “extensive and persistent violations of state and federal law.”
The AP notes that the subpoena came after Cohen’s lawyer, Lanny Davis, said his client would be willing to share information pertaining to state and federal crimes.
“As our investigation reveals, the Trump Foundation was little more than a checkbook for payments from Mr. Trump or his businesses to nonprofits, regardless of their purpose or legality,” said Attorney General Barbara Underwood when the lawsuit against the foundation was first announced. “This is not how private foundations should function and my office intends to hold the Foundation and its directors accountable for its misuse of charitable assets.”
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