Michael Avenatti Calls For Trump's 'Immediate' Indictment After Hush Money Report

Mic Daily Trump was directly involved in illegal hush money payments prosecutors say

Both McDougal and Daniels/Clifford have filed lawsuits to break their non-disclosure agreements and speak about the affairs.

According to the WSJ, Cohen searched for a way to make the $130,000 payment that could not be traced to Trump, but as Daniels threatened to go public, he was forced to make the payment with personal funds.

The Wall Street Journal reports President Trump ordered his then-lawyer Michael Cohen to get a restraining order against porn star Stormy Daniels with help from the president's son, Eric Trump.

US President Donald Trump played a direct role in hush-money payments to women who say they had affairs with him, and he may have violated campaign-finance laws in the process, The Wall Street Journal reported.

Cohen told a federal judge in August that he had paid sums of $130,000 and $150,000 each to two women who claimed they had affairs with Trump, adult film star Stormy Daniels (real name Stephanie Clifford) and Playboy model Karen McDougal, acting at his boss's request in a bid to buy their silence "with the objective of influencing the election".

Trump was involved in "nearly every step" of the coordinated efforts to keep the women quiet, in an apparent effort to help his presidential campaign, according to The Journal, which cited court documents, corporate records, and interviews with dozens of people.

Cohen, who implicated the president in his crimes when he pleaded guilty in August, has met with investigators for Mueller and with federal prosecutors in NY, seeking to provide information that could mitigate his punishment.

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American Media bought McDougal's story for $150,000 in August 2016.

Neither the White House nor Rudy Giuliani, Trump's lawyer, immediately responded to a request for comment from Business Insider.

Adult film actress Stormy Daniels, left, looks at her attorney Michael Avenatti, after making a statement to reporters at a federal court in NY, on April 16, 2018.

The Associated Press reported in August that the National Enquirer kept a safe containing documentson hush money payments and other damaging stories it killed as part of its close relationship with Trump.

Avenatti also called for Trump's "immediate indictment".

"I think the President should be indicted".

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