Michael Cohen wants back the hush money he paid Stormy Daniels to keep her quiet about affair with Trump.

By |2018-09-09T08:44:50+00:00September 8th, 2018|Categories: Front Page, News|Tags: , , , , |10 Comments

Wait, didn’t he say that Trump paid him back?

Courtesy of CNN:

Michael Cohen’s shell company, Essential Consultants, filed a status report Friday evening agreeing to tear up the original 2016 agreement with adult film star Stormy Daniels, in which Cohen arranged to pay her $130,000 to stay silent about her alleged affair with President Donald Trump.

This so-called “hush agreement” has been at the root of some of Cohen’s legal troubles and scrutinized in the criminal investigation that ultimately led to his plea last month. Cohen was Trump’s personal lawyer for years. Trump has denied having an affair with Daniels.

“Today, Essential Consultants LLC and Michael Cohen have effectively put an end to the lawsuits filed against them by Stephanie Clifford aka Stormy Daniels,” said Brent Blakely, Cohen’s lawyer. “The rescission of the Confidential Settlement Agreement will result in Ms. Clifford returning to Essential Consultants the $130,000 she received in consideration, as required by California law.”

As a part of the status report, Essential Consultants — the shell company Cohen set up to make the payment to Daniels — requested that she pay back the $130,000 she received.

Apparently, the thinking is that since Daniels and her attorney Avanatti have been talking about this deal all over the media that the original deal is no longer valid. 

However, I am not sure what gives Cohen’s shell company standing in demanding that money back since they were already reimbursed by the Trump Organization:

Last year, Mr. Weisselberg arranged for the Trump Organization to reimburse Mr. Cohen, who had in October 2016 made a $130,000 payment to Stephanie Clifford, a former adult-film actress who claimed she had sex with Mr. Trump a decade earlier, in exchange for her silence about the alleged affair. A person familiar with Mr. Weisselberg’s thinking said he didn’t know that money was intended to pay Ms. Clifford, who goes professionally by Stormy Daniels, when he agreed in January 2017 to a $35,000 monthly retainer for Mr. Cohen.

That month, according to charging documents filed Tuesday, Mr. Cohen gave executives at the Trump Organization a copy of the bank statement from his bank account for Essential Consultants LLC, the company he used to pay Ms. Clifford the previous fall. The statement reflected Mr. Cohen’s $130,000 payment to Ms. Clifford, as well as an additional $50,000 that Mr. Cohen added in handwriting was for “tech services.”

So if the shell company was reimbursed how could they demand the money back? 

The way I see it is that the Trump Administration might have an argument to make, but I am not sure that they really want to get into a courtroom with Avanatti. 

Speaking of Michael Avanatii he has a theory as to what is happening here:

“What they’re trying to do is they don’t want me to get a chance to depose Michael Cohen and Donald Trump,” he added. “This is a hail Mary to try and avoid that, that’s my first guess.”

Well, I guess that actually makes more sense, however, it does not appear that Avanatti is ready to let that happen.

So is Michael Cohen now working with the feds, or is he still working to protect his former boss? 

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10 Comments

  1. viv September 8, 2018 at 4:51 pm

    Didn’t Trump’s accountant call the payment a ‘retainer’ in order to claim a tax deduction for it?

    This money has had more lives than a cat.

    • Anonymous September 8, 2018 at 5:40 pm

      You leave my cat outta this, Viv! He eats, steals the “good stuff” off people’s plates, poops, terrorizes the neighborhood felines, and requires adoration all day every day!
      “What do you think of Trump, baby?” as he yawns and goes back to sleep.
      “We are Siamese if you please….” HAHA

      • viv September 8, 2018 at 11:39 pm

        Siamese are funny cats but they’re so loud.
        “We are Siamese if you don’t please…”

  2. abbafan September 8, 2018 at 7:03 pm

    Wait a minute – didn’t senile Fooliani blab to jag-off hannity in May that fat donald repaid Cohen the $130k; then Ghouliani babbled to the Wall Street Journal that trump repaid Cohen, but there was no campaign finance violation or crime involved? Riiight…..

    • viv September 8, 2018 at 11:47 pm

      Yep, those two old fools bleated for months that not a cent of campaign donations went on hush money bribes to prostitutes, as though the money’s provenance- and not the bribery- was the issue.

      But both the old fossils are aware that simply repeating that shit satisfies the magats that a candidate bribing cheap women using his own piggy bank is both perfectly legal and impressively moral.

  3. Coe's Hen September 8, 2018 at 7:11 pm

    Money’s getting tight bitches!

  4. Anonymous September 8, 2018 at 7:17 pm

    I think there’s more to it. This deal probably involves another NDA in order to tear up the agreement and drop the suit. Cohen needs the money. Without Trump’s money he no longer has a source of income and those lawyers defending him don’t come cheap. Could even be Trump is demanding his retainer back, making Cohen $130,000 in the hole again.

  5. Anonymous September 8, 2018 at 7:19 pm

    https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/cohen-seeks-to-tear-up-stormy-daniels-nda-get-money-back_us_5b934c84e4b0cf7b003fd3c9

    Michael Cohen is back to playing games and trying to protect Donald Trump. He is now pulling a legal stunt to try and “fix it” so that we can’t depose Trump and present evidence to the American people about what happened. He is not a hero nor a patriot. He deserves what he gets.
    5:57 PM – Sep 7, 2018

    +

    https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/susan-collins-receives-3000-coat-hangers-ahead-of-kavanaugh-vote_us_5b941b1de4b0511db3e2e6f9

  6. Anon September 9, 2018 at 7:38 am

    “Saturday, Trump’s legal team said he would not seek to enforce a 2016 nondisclosure agreement between Daniels and Trump’s former attorney Michael Cohen that would have prevented Daniels from disclosing intimate details about an alleged affair she had with the president. Trump’s lawyers announced their decision in a court filing that was reported by CNN.”

    I have been practicing law for nearly 20 yrs. Never before have I seen a defendant so frightened to be deposed as Donald Trump, especially for a guy that talks so tough. He is desperate and doing all he can to avoid having to answer my questions. He is all hat and no cattle.
    12:45 PM – Sep 8, 2018”

    Michael Avenatti

    https://www.motherjones.com/politics/2018/09/trump-is-giving-up-on-trying-to-silence-stormy-daniels/

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