It’s only been a few days since investigative work by Michael Avenatti, the attorney for actress Stormy Daniels, turned up hundreds of thousands of dollars in payments that, at least on the surface, look like straight-up bribery from companies with business before the government. The news, however, has created a tsunami of denials, tweets, and further legal action.
Today three powerful Democratic Senators joined the fray, sending a sternly-worded letter to the CEO of AT&T, the Texas-based communications company whose payments to Michael Cohen look even more suspect than most, given the multitude of reasons they have to suck up to the powers that be.
At this point, Senators Richard Blumenthal, Elizabeth Warren, and Ron Wyden are essentially gathering facts for what could end up being a corruption investigation of both Cohen AND Donald Trump himself. At the very least, it appears that Cohen facilitated either bribery or extortion on behalf of multiple companies, but the breadth of knowledge the Senators already have — thanks to Avenatti’s sleuthing — is breathtaking.
The official letter:
Of particular interest here is the fact that the Senators acknowledge — and point out — that “initial reports” from Cohen and AT&T had indicated a payment of just $200,000, but that research had turned up conflicting reports saying that it could be anywhere up to three times that amount. The Senators list the pending actions that AT&T has before the government — two of which would affect US citizens in a more than substantial way.
Michael Cohen has certainly seen this by now, and has to know that Donald Trump is not going to take the fall for him. Hopefully the years of being Trump’s “fixer” aren’t more important to him than his wife and kids, and he will do the right thing and just come clean before the Senate, before Robert Mueller, and before the people of the United States.
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