Ex-Trump lawyer Cohen gave prosecutors information on Trump family business - NYT

  • World
  • Saturday, 23 Feb 2019

FILE PHOTO: FILE PHOTO: Michael Cohen, U.S. President Donald Trump's former lawyer, arrives for his sentencing at United States Court house in the Manhattan borough of New York City, New York, U.S., December 12, 2018. REUTERS/Jeenah Moon/File Photo/File Photo

(Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump's former personal lawyer Michael Cohen met last month with federal prosecutors in Manhattan and provided information about potential irregularities in the Trump family business, the New York Times reported on Friday.

The newspaper, citing people familiar with the matter, said prosecutors in the Southern District of New York also asked Cohen questions about Imaad Zuberi, a venture capitalist and donor to the president's inaugural committee.

Cohen, a former employee at the Trump Organization, provided the prosecutors with information about insurance claims filed by the company over the years, the New York Times reported. There was no indication that Cohen implicated Trump in the possible irregularities, the newspaper said.

James Margolin, a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney in Manhattan, declined comment. Amanda Miller, a spokeswoman for the Trump Organization, did not immediately respond to requests for comment. Cohen did not reply to a request for comment.

The meeting with Cohen indicates prosecutors are interested in matters at the Trump Organization that go beyond its role in the illegal hush payments before the 2016 presidential election made to women who claimed to have had affairs with Trump, the New York Times said.

Cohen pleaded guilty to arranging the payments in violation of campaign finance laws and other crimes last year in the same district. He is due to start a three-year prison term in May.

The New York Times said Cohen was also asked by the prosecutors about Zuberi, who contributed $900,000 (£689,590) to Trump's inaugural committee and separately wrote Cohen a $100,000 check that was never cashed.

A spokesman for Zuberi, Steve Rabinowitz, said his client wrote the check to Cohen as a retainer. Cohen had proposed representing Zuberi in possible real estate investments in New York but Zuberi never signed the contract, he said.

"Zuberi never pursued Cohen it was the other way around," Rabinowitz said.

Rabinowitz said Zuberi has not been questioned by federal prosecutors about the inaugural or his dealings with Cohen.

(Reporting by Nathan Layne and Karen Freifeld in New York; editing by Grant McCool)

Article type: metered
User Type: anonymous web
User Status:
Campaign ID: 1
Cxense type: free
User access status: 3

Next In World

Merkel: I am staying out of conservative race to succeed me
WHO, agencies urge countries to suspend sale of live wild mammals at markets
Top European court rules Turkish writer Altan's rights were violated
U.S. will base 500 additional troops in Germany, minister tells Berlin
U.N. food agency says nearly 1 million going hungry in Mozambique
NATO, not Russia, will decide if Ukraine joins, Stoltenberg says
Austrian health minister says he is stepping down, exhausted
U.N. rights boss sees Syria echoes in Myanmar conflict
Philippines summons Chinese ambassador over vessels in disputed waters
NATO demands Russia end Ukraine build-up, West examines options

Stories You'll Enjoy