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Michael Cohen, the former personal attorney for former President Donald Trump, will meet Tuesday with the Manhattan district attorney’s office, the clearest sign that prosecutors are zeroing in on the Trump Organization’s involvement in hush money payments made. to adult film star Stormy Daniels.

When he arrived at the building, Cohen said he was fulfilling a request to meet with prosecutors.

“He called. He asked to come in. That’s what we’re doing. I really can’t tell you anything more than that right now,” Cohen said of the issues he would be questioned about.

His attorney, Lanny Davis, said he believed prosecutors were “serious” about the investigation.

Cohen previously met with Manhattan prosecutors 13 times over the course of his extensive investigation into the Trump Org. His meeting on Tuesday is the first in over a year.

The focus of the prosecutor’s investigation has returned to the $130,000 payment made to Daniels to prevent her from going public with an affair with Trump just before the 2016 election, people familiar with the matter said. Trump has denied the affair.

The district attorney’s office has also contacted Keith Davidson, who represented Daniels in the hush money deal, in recent weeks, but he has not been scheduled for an interview, a person familiar with the matter said.

Cohen was a key player in the secret money scheme. He facilitated the payments and was reimbursed by Trump Org. for advancing the money to Daniels. Cohen pleaded guilty to nine federal charges, including campaign finance violations, and was sentenced to three years in prison.

Prosecutors are also investigating possible insurance fraud after new material from the New York attorney general’s civil investigation into the accuracy of the Trump Organization’s financial statements came to light, the people said.

On Friday, the Trump Organization was sentenced to a $1.6 million fine after being found guilty last month of running a decade-long tax fraud scheme.

Bragg told CNN on Friday that the ruling represented the closing of a chapter in the bureau’s investigation, but that they are moving on to the next phase.

“It will last as long as the facts and the law require,” Bragg said when asked how much longer the year-long investigation will continue. “But as I said today, we finished a very important chapter. So a good part of the year was focused on this very, very important chapter and now we move on to the next chapter.”

Bragg inherited an investigation focused on the accuracy of the Trump Organization’s financial statements, but did not authorize prosecutors to move forward to seek an indictment. At the time, he said that when the investigation was over, he would publicly announce the charges or the investigation was closed.

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