Skip to comments.New evidence the Stormy Daniels payment may have violated election law
Posted on 03/12/2018 12:54:08 PM PDT by NoLibZone
One short, newly revealed email from a Manhattan banker just made it much more likely that the $130,000 payment to porn star Stormy Daniels shortly before the 2016 election violated federal law.
NBC News on Friday reported that Michael Cohen, President Trumps longtime ally and attorney, had used a Trump Organization email address as he worked to secure the payment to Daniels. Daniels alleges the money was paid to keep her from telling the media about a sexual relationship she had with Trump; Cohen and Trump continue to deny that relationship.
NBC received a copy of an email from banker at First Republic Bank that was sent to Cohen. Cohen then forwarded the email to his private Gmail account and, from there, to Danielss attorney.
Notice the email address. The banker emailed Cohen at firstname.lastname@example.org. Trumporg.com redirects to Trump.com. The domain is registered to the Trump Organization. It is, in other words, an email address that belongs to the Trump Organization an asset of the company.
That means that federal election law was almost certainly violated.
We spoke with Lawrence Noble, senior director and general counsel at the Campaign Legal Center. He walked us through the danger zones for the Daniels payment in terms of what election law prohibits. At the time, it was not clear where the money had come from or how it got to Daniels. We lacked a number of details about how Daniels and Trumps team, Cohen in particular, had interacted.
We have learned a lot since then. In addition to the email above, we have also seen the lawsuit filed by Daniels alleging the agreement to remain silent was never in effect because Trump failed to sign it. Included in that lawsuit is this element of the factual background to the matter at hand.
(Excerpt) Read more at washingtonpost.com ...
The complaints make a compelling case that the $130,000 payment to Daniels was made to influence the presidential election; that makes it a campaign expenditure.
Daniels herself admits this in her new lawsuit, claiming Trump agreed to pay her to avoid her telling the truth, thus helping to ensure that he won the Presidential Election.
By failing to report the payment as a campaign expense, the Trump campaign violated multiple federal disclosure laws.
And depending on the source of the $130,000 paid to Daniels, the payment may also have been an illegal contribution.
If the funds came from a corporation like the Trump Organization, the payment would be an illegal corporate contribution because corporations are prohibited from make contributions to federal candidates.
And if the money came from Cohen or anyone other than Trump himself, it would violate the $2,700 limit on individual contributions to a federal candidate.
Millions in Obama 2008/2012 contributions from Muslim nations “violated election law.” Hillary and the DNC funding the “pee dossier” “violated election law.” NOTHING was done about either. The FEC is completely toothless, and NOTHING will happen from this ridiculous fake story of Daniels.
New Democrat talking point: paying a porn star is collusion!
Stormy Daniels helped Trump beat Hillary Clinton!
Apparently, she could have done back then what the Hollywood Access tape didn’t do.
The Dems should be very careful in pursuing this line of attack - given the HRC campaign filtered 10 million through a law firm to produce that dossier.
These people not only don’t know election law, they are grasping at straws.
Actually, it’s fun to watch
Clintons can get away with murder and they want to go after Trump for jaywalking if that.
Don’t high profile people do this stuff a lot, even if there is no election. i.e. could the argument not be made that it was about protecting his reputation - in general?
This is how I’m seeing it as well.
I have seen a picture of Stormy from 12 years ago and she is definitely Not Guilty. Same goes for Trump.
Who is paying the whore to reopen her blackmail operation?
Oooops. My bad. I read the headline as ‘erection law.’
Keep in mind none of these accusations are designed to bring criminal charges against the President.
They’re attempts to shape public opinion so when/if the Democrats regain control of Congress, they can start impeachment proceedings.
So, Two Not Guilties cannot make a Guilty?
Not that it matters to me, I voted for Trump to be President in preference to Hillary, not for Ron Jeremy.
This is all they got? Go big or go home.
Sounds like blackmail was involved.
Why hasn’t she been arrested?
I thought we learned from the Clinton Crime Family in 1992 that handling “bimbo eruptions” prior to and during elections and while in office was okay.
Stormy has little to do with sex or adultery.
It has to do with election campaign finance law.
ChiComs gave money to Al Gore and Bill Clinton in 1996 in exchange for tech secrets and no one went to prison or the electric chair.
No one went to prison when Monica Lewinsky and others were rewarded with jobs in the private sector for lying under oath.
Wait, this woman claims to have had sex with Donald Trump, a multi billionaire and she settled for couch cushion change?
Who’s fault is that?
It makes her story sound, fake....
I would not be surprised Cohen has a slush fund just to pay off crazy idiots like this just so Trump and his businesses don’t have to waste time with nonsense lawsuits.
Lady calls and say she slipped and fell in the lobby of Trump Tower, sign these papers and we will send you 5 grand, magically she feels better and they didn’t have to waste money going back and forth with lawyers and judges, etc.
Just a thought.
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