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Thursday, May 17, 2018

Trump's Stormy Daniels Payment Could Be Criminal


President Donald Trump acknowledged for the first time in an ethics disclosure released on Wednesday that he repaid more than $100,000 to former personal attorney Michael Cohen. The disclosure renews questions about Trump’s ties to porn star Stormy Daniels. It underscored the inconsistency of explanations by Trump and aides about a $130,000 payment made by Cohen to Daniels before the 2016 presidential election. The payment was made to buy her silence over an alleged sexual encounter with Trump in 2006. The disclosure was Signed by Trump and released by the U.S. Office of Government Ethics. It drew comment from watchdog groups and a senior Democratic lawmaker about possible violations of campaign finance law. The law requires public disclosure of expenses meant to influence the election. Common Cause is a NONPARTISAN watchdog group in Washington. The group has filed a complaint with the U.S. Federal Election Commission. It claims Trump broke the law when his campaign excluded details about the $130,000 payment in legally mandated filings. Paul S. Ryan, head of litigation at Common Cause, said Trump’s acknowledgment that he reimbursed Cohen puts the president “at the middle of all of the campaign finance violations. He knowingly and willfully caused his campaign to not disclose this expenditure, and that’s a criminal violation.” https://ift.tt/2Ioerck http://www.wochit.com This video was produced by YT Wochit News using http://wochit.com

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