The Manhattan Attorney’s Office is investigating Donald Trump’s role in the hush-moon payment to Stormy Daniels

Manhattan prosecutors are reopening their criminal investigation into former President Donald Trump’s role in hush money payments to porn star Stormy Daniels, sources confirmed to The Post on Monday.

While the bureau’s long-running investigation into 76-year-old Trump seemingly went cold earlier this year, District Attorney Alvin Bragg and his prosecutors are optimistic about building a case against the 45th president, a source familiar with the investigation said.

The development, first reported by the New York Times, relates to a $130,000 payment to Daniels in the run-up to the 2016 presidential election to buy her to remain silent about her alleged affair with Trump.

Trump’s former personal attorney and fixer, Michael Cohen, said he used his own funds to pay off Daniels — and that Trump and his company, the Trump Organization, later reimbursed him.

Cohen, who claimed he followed Trump’s orders, was serving three years in prison after pleading guilty to campaign finance violations related to payments under a federal investigation in 2018.

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Manhattan prosecutors revive a criminal investigation into former President Donald Trump’s role in a hush money payment to porn star Stormy Daniels.

That federal case prompted Manhattan prosecutors under former District Attorney Cyrus Vance to investigate whether Trump’s payment violated state laws — including whether it involved falsifying Trump Organization records.

The DA’s office subpoenaed the Trump Org in late 2019 for records related to payments that Cohen helped arrange for Daniels. But the investigation then appeared to shift gears and focus on Trump’s broader business practices.

Trump, who has long denied having an affair with Daniels, has previously insisted the payment was a personal matter and not a campaign expense.

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According to a source, Manhattan’s new district attorney, Alvin Bragg, and his office are optimistic about launching a case against the 45th president.

According to the source, prosecutors are set to re-examine whether Trump Org finance chief Allen Weisselberg could be pressured into cooperating with the re-investigation.

Weisselberg, who allegedly had knowledge of the hush money payment, has pleaded guilty to charges of tax fraud in a criminal case against the Trump Org being fought in Manhattan Supreme Court.

The longtime Trump confidant has agreed to accept $1.7 million in perks “off the books” — including free rent for an Upper West Side apartment, luxury cars and college tuition for his grandchildren — from the Trump Org as part an income tax avoidance program.

Weisselberg agreed to testify as a prosecution witness in exchange for a five-month prison sentence.

The prosecutor’s office is considering whether to bring new charges — separate from the hush payments — against Weisselberg, potentially securing his cooperation, the source said.

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Ex-President Donald Trump has long denied having an affair with Stormy Daniels.

The re-examination adds to the spate of legal and political drama embroiled by Trump — who has announced he will run for president again in 2024 — and his family business.

Bragg’s office declined to comment on the new investigation Monday, instead citing a statement released last spring that insisted the investigation into the Trump Org continued after the two prosecutors said they had resigned in February.

Cohen and an attorney for Daniels said they have not yet been contacted by prosecutors.

“As of this writing, I have not personally spoken to DA Bragg or any member of his team. Much has been reported about the Trump-Stormy Daniels saga; including that my actions were at the direction of and for the benefit of Donald J. Trump,” Cohen said in a statement to The Post. The Manhattan Attorney’s Office is investigating Donald Trump’s role in the hush-moon payment to Stormy Daniels


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