“A subpoena has been issued to Michael Cohen for relevant information in light of the public disclosures made yesterday,” said Tax Department spokesperson John Gazzale in a statement. “We will be working with the New York Attorney General and the Manhattan district attorney as appropriate. We can’t comment further on this investigation.”
“As our lawsuit against the Trump Foundation illustrates, we will hold Donald Trump and his associates accountable for violations of state law, and will seek a criminal referral from the appropriate state agency as necessary,” said Amy Spitalnick, a spokeswoman for the attorney general’s office. She added that the office “cannot comment on potential or ongoing investigations.”
The tax department subpoena comes a day after Cohen pleaded guilty to eight criminal counts in Manhattan federal court, charges that included tax fraud, false statements to a bank and campaign finance violations tied to his work for President Donald Trump. Those charges were brought by the US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York.
Cohen admitted on Tuesday that he had kept information that would have harmed Trump from becoming public during the 2016 election cycle, “in coordination and at the direction of a candidate for federal office.” Those efforts included hush payments for two women who alleged affairs with Trump: Karen McDougal, a former Playboy model, and a porn star named Stephanie Clifford, who goes by the stage name Stormy Daniels. Trump has denied the affair allegations.
He also said the money he used to pay Clifford, better known as former adult film star Stormy Daniels, was “later repaid to me by the candidate.”
Cohen, Trump’s longtime personal lawyer, was under investigation for months by federal prosecutors in New York, after the case involving him was referred to the US attorney’s office by Special Counsel Robert Mueller.
Cohen faces up to 65 years in prison.
CNN’s Mark Morales, Kara Scannell, Shimon Prokupecz and Laura Jarrett contributed to this report.