Trump Gives Details of Cohen Payouts

  • 2018-12-10
  • Source: TTN
  • by: TTN Staff
Trump Gives Details of Cohen Payouts
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President Trump is strongly denying that the hush-money payments made by his former attorney to two women leading up to the campaign were campaign contributions. 

As Fox New reports President Trump is calling it simply a private transaction:
  President Trump went on to point out that if a mistake was made the liability for that mistake would rest with his former lawyer:
  The President's position got support from veteran campaign finance lawyer Dan Backer who said in a recent interview with Forbes that he is less than impressed with the Justice Departments evidence.

As Fox News reports:

Dan Backer, the lawyer, told Forbes that there appears to be no evidence to corroborate the DOJ’s apparent assertion of any illegality on Trump's part.

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.

"Brand protection is not a campaign contribution," he told the magazine.

...

"The notion that every penny a candidate personally or professionally spends is somehow reportable to the FEC is utter nonsense," he continued.

Senator Rand Paul also came to the President's defense pointing out that the complex web of campaign finance laws presents a fairness issue that should be addressed.

 Source: TTN

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