State prosecutors in Manhattan rain subpoenas on President Trump’s family business on Thursday
The subpoenas, issued by the Manhattan district attorney’s office, demand documents from the Trump Organization related to the money that had been used to pay hush money to Stormy Daniels, according to The New York Times.
The subpoena is determining whether senior executives in the company filed false business records in relation to the payments, which would in effect be a state crime.
American Media Inc., the publisher of the National Enquirer, was also subpoenaed on Thursday.
David Pecker, one Trump's friend at the Enquirer, has already signed a non-prosecution agreement related to the $150,000 payment to former Playboy bunny Karen McDougal, who claimed to have an affair with Donald Trump. He admitted that they did a "catch and release" deal to bury the story ahead of the 2016 presidential election. Pecker is now trying to sell the disgraced National Enquirer.
This latest subpoena from the United States office in Manhattan is just the next piece of the puzzle. This is the same office that charged Michael Cohen last year with campaign finance violations related to the Trump case, where Cohen admitted on the record that Trump lied and tried to cover the whole thing up while president.
Here is how it relates: The Trump Organization reimbursed Cohen for the payment to Ms. Daniels. State prosecutors are determining if they falsely listed this as a reimbursement as a legal expense. That would be a mistake. A big mistake.
The Trump Organization is denying all involvement, even though they made the payment.
“It’s just harassment of the president, his family and his business, using subpoenas as weapons. We will respond as appropriate,” said Marc L. Mukasey, an attorney for the firm.
He called the whole affair a "political hit job."
This is also what Trump has said about the entire Mueller investigation, even though it was already determined that Russia did try to hack and influence the 2016 presidential election.