Internet split after ex-Trump Org controller Jeffrey McConney reveals Michael Cohen's hush money reimbursements

Internet split after ex-Trump Org controller Jeffrey McConney reveals Michael Cohen's hush money reimbursements
Jeffrey McConney confirmed Michael Cohen received a total $420,000 from the Trump Organization, a number that was inflated to evade taxes (YouTube/CBS News, Getty Images)

MANHATTAN, NEW YORK: Jeffrey S McConney, who has long claimed that Donald Trump had an affair with former adult entertainer Stormy Daniels, testified on Monday, May 6, about how Michael Cohen received alleged hush money payments throughout 2017.

The former corporate controller at the Trump Organization testified that he was directed by former Trump Organization Chief Financial Officer Allen Weisselberg to reimburse Cohen with $35,000 monthly payments, with the last being sent to Cohen in December of 2017.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MAY 6: Former U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to the media outside of court during his trial for allegedly covering up hush money payments at Manhattan Criminal Court on May 6, 2024 in New York City. Former U.S. President Donald Trump faces 34 felony counts of falsifying business records in the first of his criminal cases to go to trial. (Photo by Steven Hirsch-Pool/Getty Images)
Donald Trump's hush money trial entered its fourth week in the Manhattan court (Getty Images)

What did Jeffrey McConney say during the trial?

“I made a boo-boo,” Jeffrey McConney admitted when he shed light on the incorrect math he scribbled on “TRUMP” corporate letterhead, Daily Beast reports.

He also testified about the notes he took during a January 2017 meeting that laid out how the family real estate company was going to secretly reimburse attorney Michael Cohen for fronting the $130,000 that silenced adult actress Stormy Daniels.

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Jeffrey S McConney helped arrange the reimbursement for a $130,000 hush-money payment to Stormy Daniels (YouTube/CBS News, Getty Images)

The payment was reportedly made to keep her mouth shut about her decade-old, one-night stand with Trump in the days before the 2016 presidential election.

Jeffrey McConney says Michael Cohen's payment was doubled on paper

Cohen would be paid $180,000, which was doubled on paper so that it would make up for the roughly 50 percent taxes the Midtown Manhattan resident would have to pay in federal, state, and city taxes.

NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 12: Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's former personal attorney and fix
Michael Cohen would be paid $180,000, which was doubled on paper to save on taxes (Getty Images)

McConney wrote “180,000 x 2 for taxes” in black pen on the bright white paper.

On the witness stand, he admitted the company was fine having it “grossed up” to ensure Cohen got his proper share.

The act continued when tallying up Cohen’s bonus. Initially, $50,000 was marked as “paid to Red Finch for tech services” but that seemed to morph instead to mean $60,000 for Cohen himself.

“Michael was complaining that his bonus wasn’t large enough. This was to make up for whatever he thought he was owed,” McConney testified.

Jeffrey McConney confirmed they switched from trust account to Donald Trump's personal account

McConney confirmed that they switched from using a trust account to former President Trump's personal account in March, with an email from McConney to Cohen being entered as evidence that showed the former giving a reply to Cohen and confirming that checks would have to be sent to the White House with the ex-president's signature. 

A total of $420,000 was sent to Cohen, a number that was "grossed up," which McConney confirmed was for tax purposes, Fox News reports.

Internet reacts to Jeffrey McConney's claims during the trials

Netizens gave mixed responses regarding McConney's claims during the hush money trial.

One X user wrote, "This trial is a joke and needs to be stopped" and another tweeted, "It'll be fun to watch the prosecution rehabilitate a disbarred pathological liar." 



"Why isn’t it mentioned that a 'hush payment' is not a crime and is common/routine?" asked one user with one adding, "We know the jury is corrupt. I hope he walks free!"

"Election interference they won’t stop sadly neither will Trump give up," opined one user. "Someone should be watching the jury and paying close attention to their finances and holdings," wrote one. 





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