Michael Cohen suggests the GOP took illegal donations from China — and he has the evidence
Donald Trump's personal attorney, Michael Cohen & adult film star, Stormy Daniels appeared in federal court in Lower Manhattan in April 2018. (a katz / Shutterstock.com)

On Thursday, President Donald Trump's former personal attorney Michael Cohen announced he had uncovered a hard drive with 14 million files including "e-mails, voice recordings, images, and attachments from Mr. Cohen’s computers and phones," and is prepared to hand them over to House Democrats to stay out of federal prison.

But his subsequent memo to lawmakers, first reported by BuzzFeed News, contains a stunning allegation not just about Trump, but about the Republican Party as a whole.

According to the memo, by Cohen attorneys Lanny Davis, Michael Monico, and Carly Chocron, this trove of evidence indicates "possible federal campaign finance violations by the Republican National Committee, including possibly illegal conduiting of illegal substantial donations to the RNC by foreign nationals, including from China."

Cohen, who also served as deputy finance chair of the Republican National Committee, was sentenced to three years in prison for bank fraud, tax evasion, and campaign finance violations related to his payoffs to porn star Stormy Daniels to cover up her affair with the president.

He claims that he did this with the president's blessing, and has subsequently sought to cooperate with both House Democrats and federal prosecutors with the Southern District of New York.