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Ex-Trump lawyer Cohen gave prosecutors information on Trump family business - NYT

Ex-Trump lawyer Cohen gave prosecutors information on Trump family business - NYT
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(Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump's former personal lawyer Michael Cohen met last month with federal prosecutors in Manhattan and provided information about potential irregularities in the Trump family business, the New York Times reported on Friday.

The newspaper, citing people familiar with the matter, said prosecutors in the Southern District of New York also asked Cohen questions about Imaad Zuberi, a venture capitalist and donor to the president's inaugural committee.

Cohen, a former employee at the Trump Organization, provided the prosecutors with information about insurance claims filed by the company over the years, the New York Times reported. There was no indication that Cohen implicated Trump in the possible irregularities, the newspaper said.

James Margolin, a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney in Manhattan, declined comment. Amanda Miller, a spokeswoman for the Trump Organization, did not immediately respond to requests for comment. Cohen did not reply to a request for comment.

The meeting with Cohen indicates prosecutors are interested in matters at the Trump Organization that go beyond its role in the illegal hush payments before the 2016 presidential election made to women who claimed to have had affairs with Trump, the New York Times said.

Cohen pleaded guilty to arranging the payments in violation of campaign finance laws and other crimes last year in the same district. He is due to start a three-year prison term in May.

Cohen was also asked by the prosecutors about Zuberi, who tried to hire Cohen as a consultant around the same time he contributed $900,000 to Trump's inaugural committee, the New York Times reported.

Zuberi wrote Cohen a $100,000 (£76,626) check but the check was not cashed, the newspaper reported.

Steve Rabinowitz, a spokesman for Zuberi, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

(Reporting by Nathan Layne and Karen Freifeld in New York; editing by Grant McCool)

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