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Response to Solesurvivor (Reply #23)

Thu Jul 18, 2019, 03:46 PM

34. Trumps personal attorney is already in federal prison

And is now ratting out his former employer.
Michael Cohen was charged with violating the Federal Election Campaign Act (FECA). The law limits donations by individuals to $2,700 per election. It also bans corporations from making any contributions to candidates.

There were two hush money payments: $150,000 was given to former Playboy model Karen McDougal in the summer and early fall of 2016, and $130,000 went to former porn actress Stormy Daniels in late October 2016.

The hush money payments can be considered illegal campaign contributions because Cohen admitted that the payments were intended to protect Trump's election chances, they are deemed to be in-kind contributions to the Trump campaign. They exceed the donation limits, a violation, and neither was included in campaign finance reports, another violation.

The payments are considered as corporate contributions because in at least the case of the McDougal payoff, American Media Inc., the corporate parent of the National Enquirer, provided the money.

President Trump has not been charged with any crime and it is unlikely he would be while in office because of the Justice Department policy against charging sitting presidents. To win a case against President Trump would require proving the legal standard of "knowingly and willfully." Trump has said that he didn't know about the payments and described the Daniels case as a "simple private transaction," though Cohen says his former boss directed the payments.
The FBI files released today back up Michael Cohen. Under that law the Obama campaign paid a civil fine of $375,000 imposed by the Federal Election Commission after his 2008 campaign did not turn in reports for about 1,300 last-minute donations that totaled nearly $1.9 million. No criminal charges were filed.
Here’s the law:
https://www.justice.gov/criminal/file/1029066/download

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