President Donald Trump’s estranged former lawyer is acknowledging that he paid a technology company to rig Trump’s standing in two online polls.
Michael Cohen tweeted Thursday that “what I did was at the direction of and for the sole benefit of” Trump.
Technology company owner John Gauger told The Wall Street Journal that Cohen promised him $50,000 for work including using computers to enter fake votes for Trump in a 2014 CNBC & a DrudgeReport poll asking people to identify top business leaders and a 2015 poll of potential presidential candidates. Gauger says Cohen paid him about a quarter of the money in cash, then stiffed him on the rest.
According to the Wall Street Journal, Cohen handed Gauger a Walmart bag, blue, containing somewhere over $12,000 in cash and a boxing glove that Michael Cohen, then Trump’s personal attorney, claimed had been owned by a Brazilian fighter.
The Trump Organization later paid a $50,000 reimbursement to Cohen.
The IT firm doesn’t appear to have been particularly good at the task. Cohen reportedly asked for its help in a January 2014’s CNBC poll to name the country’s top business leaders. RedFinch Solutions founder John Gauger reportedly wrote a computer script to repeatedly vote for Trump—but was still unable to get him into the top 100 candidates.
Cohen did not deny the WSJ’s report, but disputed that what he did pay Gauger was in cash. “All monies paid to Mr. Gauger were by check,” he said.
It didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.
— Michael Cohen (@MichaelCohen212) January 17, 2019
(AP / YWN World Headquarters – NYC)