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Fmr. Trump Organization security chief Keith Schiller to be indicted, attorney says

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A lawyer for the financial chief of the Trump Organization’s non-profit arm believes that more associates will be indicted, The New York Times reported on Thursday. Keith Schiller, the chief of security for President Trump, was charged with seven counts, including making false statements, for allegedly lying to investigators about his knowledge of payments made to two women who alleged they had affairs with Mr. Trump. Several other Trump associates, including his former attorney Michael Cohen, have been charged with crimes that stem from his decision to pay these women as part of an “ongoing cover-up” for Mr. Trump’s alleged affair with a Playboy Playmate, Stormy Daniels.

Schiller’s lawyer, Michael Cohen, confirmed on Wednesday that Mr. Schiller had been cooperating with the federal prosecutors in Manhattan. The Times reported that Schiller was speaking to investigators on his own accord, not as part of an agreement with prosecutors. Schiller’s attorney declined to comment to the Times on Thursday, saying “It is too early to comment,” and instead referred The Times to the statement of an attorney representing Mr. Cohen, who said that Mr. Schiller had done nothing wrong and nothing to warrant an indictment.

Attorney Michael Cohen said @realdonaldtrump’s former security chief Keith Schiller will be charged Friday in connection with the Cohen investigation. — NYT Confidential (@nytconfidential) October 31, 2018

Mr. Cohen said Mr. Schiller “has already provided extensive assistance to federal prosecutors in their ongoing investigation, and we look forward to continued cooperation.”

Deputy Assistant Attorney General John Cronan, the head of the Justice Department’s National Security Division, told reporters on Wednesday that investigations into Mr. Trump’s associates were not done. “I think it’s fair to say we’re in the preliminary stages of this inquiry,” he said.

“There will be more of it,” Mr. Cronan said. “You have indicted people who haven’t even been charged.”

Cohen’s conviction and Schiller’s indictment come as more of Mr. Trump’s associates are pulled into the Russia investigation. Mr. Cohen is scheduled to begin his prison sentence in March, and President Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort was sentenced on Wednesday to more than five years in prison for multiple federal charges.

Read the full story at The New York Times.


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