WASHINGTON | For first time, prosecutors connect Trump to a federal crime

WASHINGTON | For first time, prosecutors connect Trump to a federal crime

WASHINGTON  — The Justice Department says that President Donald Trump directed illegal payments to buy the silence of two women whose claims of extramarital affairs threatened his presidential campaign, the first time prosecutors have connected Trump to a federal crime.

In a court filing , prosecutors said former Trump lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen arranged the secret payments at the height of the 2016 campaign “in coordination with and at the direction of” Trump.

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