During Michael Cohen’s congressional testimony on Wednesday, a broad question about any other alleged misdeeds and wrongdoing on the part of Donald Trump prompted the president’s former attorney to cryptically allude to still more lines of inquiry being pursued by federal prosecutors. He made it clear the subject of these inquiries had not been raised during the hearing.
Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-IL) first asked about the last time that Cohen had been in touch with President Trump or his intermediaries. Cohen said he thought it had been some time in the two months after federal agents raided Cohen’s home in April 2018.
“What did he or his agent communicate to you?” Krishnamoorthi asked.
“This topic is being investigated right now by the Southern District of New York. I’ve been asked by them not to discuss it or talk about these issues,” Cohen replied.
The Congress member then broadened his question: “Is there any other wrongdoing or illegal act regarding Donald Trump we haven’t discussed today?”
“Yes,” Cohen said. “Those are part of the investigation currently being looked at by the Southern District of New York.”
The revelation is not necessarily a shock, nor can we be sure to what Cohen was alluding, given the restrictions placed on him by federal prosecutors. We already knew prosecutors in the Southern District were exploring the hush money payments that Cohen arranged and that they had entered into a nonprosecution agreement with American Media, Inc. (owner of the National Enquirer) in that investigation and that the company acknowledged it acted “in concert” with Trump’s campaign, as Vox’s Andrew Prokop previously reported.
We also knew that Cohen was sharing information with Southern District attorneys about Trump’s inauguration. As Vox’s Amanda Sakuma reported last week:
So it’s hard to know exactly what to make of Cohen’s comments or how much they add to the story. But they are nonetheless a potent reminder that there is still much we don’t know about the various investigations into Trump or where they might lead.