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New York State Subpoenas Cohen In Trump Foundation Probe

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo
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Governor Andrew Cuomo in Goshen, NY 09.22.11

Investigators in New York state have issued a subpoena to Michael Cohen as part of their criminal probe into the Trump Foundation.

A spokesperson for Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo's tax department confirmed the subpoena to The Associated Press on Wednesday.

The subpoena was issued after Cohen's attorney said the longtime lawyer for President Donald Trump has information that would be of interest to prosecutors at both the state and federal level.

As a close Trump confidant, Cohen could potentially be a significant source of information for state investigators looking into whether Trump or his charity broke state law or lied about their tax liability.

Cuomo, a sharp critic of the Republican president, told reporters at the state fair in Syracuse that Cohen’s attorney said his client is willing to cooperate.

“They lawyer went out of his way to say Cohen would be fourth-coming on both federal and state. The State investigation is being done by tax and finance and the attorney general and the Manhattan district attorney,” said Cuomo

Anyone charged with a state crime could not be pardoned by the president.

Messages left with attorneys for Cohen and Trump were not immediately returned Wednesday.

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