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Time Is Running Out to Indict Trump for His Sex Hush Money Payment to Stormy Daniels

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Later this month, on October 27, it’ll officially be five years since then-presidential candidate Donald Trump had his personal lawyer secretly pay hush money to porn star Stormy Daniels. And more than an incredible mark of how time can move both fast and slow, it’s also something of an important legal deadline.

Federal prosecutors at the Southern District of New York successfully locked up the Trump fixer who orchestrated the deal, Michael Cohen, who was sentenced to three years in jail for charges related to the payment. But they never went after Trump himself, even though the government made it clear in the Cohen case that Trump was behind it all.

The government’s now-infamous sentencing memo says Cohen “acted in coordination with and at the direction of Individual-1,” meaning Trump. And subsequent disclosures and two tell-all books made that crystal clear.

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