May 16, 2018
For Immediate Release
Republican Congressional Candidate Clayburn Griffin Calls for RNC to Remove Michael Cohen from Finance Team
LOVINGTON, NM - Clayburn Griffin, Republican candidate for US Congress in New Mexico's 2nd district, called on the Republican National Committee (RNC) to remove Donald Trump attorney Michael Cohen from its finance leadership team. Cohen has been embattled in controversies surrounding payments to him by several companies, including AT&T and Swiss pharmaceutical giant Novartis.
"This is pay to play," Griffin said. "This is the swamp." AT&T and Novartis have both confirmed payments were made to Trump's personal lawyer. Both companies stand to benefit from government policy in their respective industries. A South Korean aviation firm also paid money to Cohen while pursuing a $16 billion contract with the U.S. Air Force.
"Whether or not Cohen's actions are legal will be for the court to decide," Griffin said, "however they are clearly unethical. This is exactly the kind of 'politics as usual' we have to put an end to in Washington." Since lobbyists and foreign agents are required by law to disclose their business dealings, this could be a serious issue for Cohen. Both AT&T and Novartis have said that Special Counsel Robert Mueller asked about their payments to Cohen late last year.
Cohen was named National Deputy Chairman of the RNC in April of 2017. "If we're going to clean up the swamp, we have to lead by example," Griffin said. "Michael Cohen has to be removed from the GOP's finance team, and I urge our party to dismiss and cut ties with him."
The RNC finance leadership team is responsible for fundraising for the Republican Party and its candidates. Earlier this year, Elliot Broidy resigned from the RNC's finance team amid reports Cohen negotiated a payment of $1.6 million to a Playboy Playmate who claimed Broidy had impregnated her. Broidy, along with Sean Hannity and President Trump, are Cohen's only three legal clients as revealed in court following an FBI raid on Cohen's office, hotel room and house.
Payments from AT&T, Novartis and others (including a company connected to Russian oligarch Viktor Vekselberg) were made to Cohen's firm, Essential Consultants LLC. Payments to porn star Stormy Daniels, who has claimed to have had an affair with President Trump, and to Broidy's Playmate accuser were also made through this same firm.
Griffin is the only Republican congressional candidate in this race to call for Cohen's dismissal from the RNC.
For more information about Clayburn Griffin and his campaign visit his campaign website: http://www.clayburnforcongress.com