Donald Trump is having one of the worst weeks of his presidency. The Democrats have seized control of the House of Representatives, granting them real power to fight back against the administration for the first time since Trump was sworn in. Subpoenas are also on the table now, posing an existential threat to the Trump presidency. On top of that, rumors are swirling that Donald Trump Jr. might finally be indicted soon.
Now, the week is ending with devastating news for the president. The Wall Street Journal reports that Trump himself was deeply involved in the efforts during his campaign to buy the silence of women who he’d carried on extramarital affairs with. The report flies in the face of the president’s repeated, adamant insistence that he did no such thing.
Federal prosecutors now have evidence showing that Trump cooperated with the chairman and CEO of American Media to wield The National Enquirer to purchase the discretion of Stormy Daniels and former Playboy model Karen McDougal after both of them engaged in extramarital affairs with Trump.
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Contrary to his claims, Trump was engaged in the payments on a granular level and coordinated with his longtime attorney and now enemy Michael Cohen. Cohen previously testified that he executed the payments on behalf of “a candidate for federal office.” The payments were likely campaign finance violations since Cohen paid out of pocket and was later paid back by Trump.
While these details have long been suspected, the confirmation that federal investigators now have evidence to prove it is a huge development. A legal storm is gathering that could drown the Trump presidency in a sea of indictments and, hopefully, serious convictions. The next few months could prove to be unprecedented in American history. Buckle up
Original reporting by Joe Palazzolo, Nicole Hong, Michael Rothfeld, Rebecca Davis O’Brien, and Rebecca Ballhaus.