Did Trump Violate Campaign Finance Laws?

Michael Cohen’s plea to campaign finance violations has drawn wide anticipation that President Trump could be charged with a similar crime over payments he made leading up to the 2016 election. However, there are a few key facts that could mean Trump did not violate the law. Fox News reports:

President Trump on Monday denied the hush-money payments to porn star Stormy Daniels and Playboy model Karen McDougal in the weeks leading up to the 2016 election were campaign contributions, instead calling them a “simple private transaction.” […]

On Monday, Trump took aim at Cohen, saying that if a mistake was made and it was considered a contribution, the “liability” should be with the lawyer. […]

Meanwhile, an expert campaign finance lawyer said in an interview published Monday that he is not impressed with the Department of Justice’s evidence that effectively links Trump to campaign finance violations after the recent release of the Cohen sentencing memo. […]

Backer, a veteran campaign counsel, said it is common practice for high-profile individuals and companies to take part in these kinds of payment arrangements. He said Trump is a brand, he has carried out similar payments for years and these so-called “hush-buys” will likely continue.

Democrats are fixated on this potential charge, all the while Hillary’s giant campaign finance fraud scheme, involving local Democrat parties funneling money to her campaign, has been ignored by the Deep State. Cohen’s plea also underscores the fact that the Mueller witch hunt has not found any evidence of collusion with Russia on the part of Trump.


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