President Trump’s previous legal representative, Michael Cohen, paid money to ladies to be quiet about declared affairs with Trump during his 2016 project.
WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump, under federal examination over hush money to an declared ex-mistress, said Thursday it has absolutely nothing to do with campaign finance laws – and appeared to acknowledge payments he formerly stated he knew absolutely nothing about.
“It was not a project contribution, and there were no violations of the project financing laws by me. Phony News!” Trump tweeted.
Trump has denied having an affair with adult movie star Stormy Daniels, and formerly rejected knowing about payments to her, referring questions about the matter to Michael Cohen – the ex-personal attorney who now says Trump authorized the benefits.
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Federal prosecutors apparently disagree. They have stated in court filings that the payment to Daniels and another to former Playboy playmate Karen McDougal violated laws that limit contributions to candidates. They declared that Cohen, who pleaded guilty to breaching campaign financing laws, managed the payments at Trump instructions.
In congressional statement last week, Cohen said Trump and his business reimbursed him for $130,000 paid to Daniels in order to keep her peaceful best prior to the 2016 presidential election.
Federal district attorneys are examining whether the hush cash amounted to an unreported and prohibited project contribution, in that it was developed to impact the outcome of the election.
Cohen deals with a three-year jail sentence after pleading guilty to campaign finance offenses, tax evasion and lying to Congress, including allegations stemming from his involvement in the Daniels matter.
Trump did not address Cohen in his quick tweet, however has implicated his previous lawyer of lying in an effort to somehow lower his jail sentence.
His existing lawyers, such as Rudy Giuliani, have said the payments to Daniels amounted to a individual expense, not a project contribution.
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