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Cohen Reveals More About Trump's Family Business

Former Trump lawyer and fixer sits down with federal prosecutors
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 23, 2019 3:40 PM CST
In this Sept. 19, 2017, file photo, Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's personal attorney, steps out of a cab during his arrival on Capitol Hill in Washington.   (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

(Newser) – Michael Cohen's recent meetings with federal prosecutors suggest they're expanding an investigation into the Trump Organization, the New York Times reports. Insiders say that in meetings last month, Cohen talked about the company's insurance claims and was asked about Imaad Zuberi, a political fundraiser and venture capitalist who gave $900,000 to President Trump's inaugural committee and tried hiring Cohen to work for him as a consultant. What Cohen said is unclear, and there's no sign he incriminated Trump, but it suggests the prosecutors are interested in more than Trump Organization hush-money payments to women who claim they slept with Trump before the 2016 election.

Sources also say Cohen talked about things related to another investigation—the Southern District of New York's probe into the Trump Inaugural Committee and certain people in the Trump Organization, per NBC News. No details were revealed, but Cohen lawyer Lanny Davis says Cohen "is interested in cooperating with and assisting the SDNY team in any way they believe is helpful." The media reports suggest that Cohen, who's about to start serving a three-year sentence in May, could be trying to get a reduced sentence, but prosecutors haven't made a public court filing to that effect. (Read more Michael Cohen stories.)

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