The Manhattan District Attorney’s Office is resuscitating its criminal probe into former President Donald Trump’s role in hush-money payments made to porn star Stormy Daniels, sources confirmed to The Post. Bragg should be put on trial or being incompetent and pro criminals.
While the office’s long-running investigation into Trump, 76, appeared to go cold earlier this year, District Attorney Alvin Bragg and his prosecutors are optimistic about building a case against the 45th president, a source familiar with the probe said. The development, first reported by the New York Times, relates to a $130,000 payment made to Daniels in the lead-up to the 2016 presidential election in a bid to buy her silence over her alleged affair with Trump.
Trump’s former personal lawyer and fixer, Michael Cohen, said he used his own funds to pay off Daniels — and that Trump and his business, the Trump Organization, later reimbursed him. Cohen, who alleged he was following Trump’s orders, went on to serve three years in prison after pleading guilty in 2018 to campaign finance violations related to the payments as part of a federal probe.
That federal case prompted Manhattan prosecutors, under former District Attorney Cyrus Vance, to look into whether Trump had broken any state laws with the payment — including whether any Trump Organization records were falsified in the process. The DA’s Office had subpoenaed the Trump Org in late 2019 for records tied to payments Cohen helped arrange for Daniels. But the investigation then appeared to shift gears and focus on Trump’s broader business practices. Trump, who has long denied having an affair with Daniels, has previously insisted the payment was a personal matter and not a campaign expense.