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L'Affaire Cohen

Omarosa is now somehow tangled up in the Michael Cohen investigation

Omarosa Manigault Newman is back for another plot line in President Trump's never-ending TV drama.

Federal investigators are interviewing Manigault Newman as they sort out whether Michael Cohen, Trump's former attorney, violated campaign finance laws when he paid to keep Trump's allegations of extramarital affairs out of the public view, The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday.

The parent company of the National Enquirer, American Media Inc., paid model Karen McDougal for the rights to her story, in which she says she had an affair with Trump in 2007. Cohen on Tuesday released a recording of him speaking with Trump in 2016 discussing payments to AMI to take control of the hush agreement, but newly uncovered interactions show that Cohen dealt with AMI on many other occasions as well. In one case, Cohen intervened when Manigault Newman threatened to sue AMI over a story on her brother's murder in 2011. Cohen convinced Manigault Newman to drop the lawsuit, in exchange for AMI giving her an editor job at Reality Weekly magazine, the Journal reports.

Cohen denies any wrongdoing, but investigators are taking a deep dive into his interactions with AMI and whether they constituted an unethical alliance. Investigators are reportedly interviewing Manigault Newman to learn more about the relationship between AMI and Trump's legal team, not over any accusations of wrongdoing of her own. Read more at The Wall Street Journal.