Report: Michael Cohen Offered Firm 50k to Rig Polls for Trump, Then Stiffed Them
Polls can play an outsize role in the run-up to any election. Donald Trump has long been a proponent of polls, celebrating positive ones and deflecting from those that are negative.
Michael Cohen also understood the power of polls. He reportedly asked a small IT firm to rig polls in Trump’s favor. The Wall St. Journal reports that Cohen offered RedFinch Solutions $50,000 to manipulate polls from CNBC and The Drudge Report. He also made the promise of future work.
RedFinch Solutions is owned by John Gauger who is connected to Liberty University head, Jerry Fallwell Jr. When Gauger requested payment, he says Cohen gave “him a blue Walmart bag containing between $12,000 and $13,000 in cash and, randomly, a boxing glove that Mr. Cohen said had been worn by a Brazilian mixed-martial arts fighter.”
While Gauger requested the remaining balance, he says he was never paid. Cohen, however, requested that the full $50,000 be reimbursed to him and was paid the money by the Trump Organization.
Cohen wanted RedFinch to help raise his own profile, as he, “also asked Mr. Gauger to create a Twitter account called @WomenForCohen. The account, created in May 2016 and run by a female friend of Mr. Gauger, described Mr. Cohen as a “sex symbol,” praised his looks and character, and promoted his appearances and statements boosting Mr. Trump’s candidacy.”
While the reimbursement is now and part of Cohen’s indictment, he denies the charges, saying that all payments to RedFinch, “were by check.”
Donald Trump’s lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, says that this story only helps to illuminate Cohen’s character. He claimed, “If one thing has been established, it’s that Michael Cohen is completely untrustworthy.”