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The Truth Behind Trump’s Hush Money

While Democrats have cried foul, and have even invoked the “I” word, President Trump says the hush money payments made to women by his former lawyer, Michael Cohen, were nothing more than “simple transactions.”

This was Trump’s reaction to the initial court filings on Friday, December 7th which spelled some trouble for Trump.

When the news of the court filings broke, Democratic U.S. Representative Jerrold Nadler told CNN that if the payments are proven to be felony campaign finance violations, that could be grounds for impeachment. “Well, they would be impeachable offenses. Whether they are important enough to justify an impeachment is a different question,” said Nadler, who will lead the Judiciary Committee when Democrats take control of the House of Representatives in January.

However, this was all said before a teary-eyed Michael Cohen was sentenced to three years in prison on Wednesday, December 12, for a “veritable smorgasbord” of crimes that included the hush payments to the two women before the 2016 election. During a plea for mercy in Manhattan federal court, Cohen — who once said that he would “take a bullet for the president” but has since turned on his former boss, and has been cooperating with the Mueller investigation — said his “blind loyalty” to Trump had “led me to choose a path of darkness over light.”

The problem for Trump now lies in that Cohen has not only pled guilty to a crime, but has said under oath that it was with the full knowledge of, and at the behest of then-candidate Trump, who can now be considered an “un-indicted co-conspirator” in a federal crime.

Trump Denies Ordering Cohen to Break the Law

Trump did not respond to questions that were shouted to him during a White House event following Cohen’s sentencing. Since then, however, in his favorite form of communication, the President has tweeted that he never ordered Cohen to break the law.

“I never directed Michael Cohen to break the law. He was a lawyer, and he is supposed to know the law. It is called ‘advice of counsel,’ and a lawyer has great liability if a mistake is made,” Trump tweeted.

In the series of tweets, which seem to be setting up Trump’s defense, should he be indicted, Trump wrote, “That is why they get paid. Despite that many campaign finance lawyers have strongly stated that I did nothing wrong concerning campaign finance laws, if they even apply, because this was not campaign finance.”

“Cohen was guilty on many charges unrelated to me, but he plead to two campaign charges which were not criminal and of which he probably was not guilty even on a civil basis.”

“Those charges were just agreed to by him to embarrass the president and get a much-reduced prison sentence, which he did-including the fact that his family was temporarily let off the hook. As a lawyer, Michael has great liability to me!”

At the crux of the matter, Cohen pleaded guilty to paying porn star Stormy Daniels and former Playboy model Karen McDougal to stay silent about alleged affairs with Trump, then a candidate for president. According to prosecutors, the payments should have been disclosed as campaign expenditures.

Trump continues to deny that the affairs with Daniels and McDougal ever took place, and argues that the payments to them were not “campaign contributions.”

Legal experts — split along party lines as you might imagine — are divided as to if the Constitution provides that a sitting president can be indicted for a crime, or that if the campaign finance violations represented by the pay-offs rise to the level of criminal offenses.

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  1. In normal times, these two women would be arrested for blackmail, because they threaten to expose that they had affairs with Trump, which may have happened. But that wasn’t a crime. The crime was threatening the president with exposure, unless he paid them a certain amount of money. So if that isn’t blackmail, what is it then? But these aren’t normal times, where crimes are crimes. Now the person paying the money is deemed the criminal, instead of the blackmailers. Black is white and white is black, up is down and down is up, good is bad and bad is good. Boy have things turned upside down since obama was first elected.

  2. When will we find out where the money came from? Trump’s bank account or Campaign finance? If from his bank account, that should clear him. The two females were committing the crime of extortion in my opinion.

  3. This smells just like a Justice Kavanaugh witch-hunt where the democraps get women in deep credit card debt up to their eyeballs or wigs to come out from under rocks or piles of cow shit to accuse an innocent man of rape and numerous sexual assaults 30 years after the alleged incidents occurred, in exchange for monetary compensation. The democraps have no morals and are more than willing to sell their souls to satan to carry out their EVIL agenda.

  4. I think myself the two women that came forward. To hurt Trump in the election should be charged with blackmail. They should go to jail. We acted like they were heroes they were prostitutes. That is illegal. All they wanted to do was destroy him and were probably paid by someone else to do that!

  5. Whether he did or didn’t , time will tell. I still want yo know who used $15 million taxpayyers to pay hush money for sexual assault or harassment, or… Who got my money to cover up their passions? At least, if true, Trump used his own money…to pay off BLACKMAILERS!

  6. Well personally I look at it this way, if Teump did have the two affairs it happened while he was an ordinary citizen who had never held a public office. That’s a bit different from it happening while in Public office such as old Slick Willy was. The accusation of rape came while he was the Governor of Arkansas then let’s not forget about Gennifer Flowers and Paula Jones. Then there was when he held the highest office in our country in the Oval Office and he was screwing an intern half his age then committed perjury for lying about it to Congress. Thank you for the development of DNA and the little blue dress.
    Now the irony of all this and the Assistant Attorney AG and the discussion of the 25th Amendment and the firing of Comey along with how these ladies/prostitutes were paid. First off Teump had every legal right to fire Comey and he conferred with legal council prior to the firing to verify that. Comey had not been charged yet but if the double standard were removed from the situation Comey would have already been indicted but he is a Democrat so his conspiring with HRC & the DOJ to illegally obtain FISA warrants against a presidential candidate running for office and lying to the FISA court judge about the validity of the claims and failing to disclose the only dincumentation they had was from HRC, the DOJ paying Fusion GPS to employ a British spy to create the Fake Russian Dossier in Trump that they ALL knew was fake, even recent documentation just recent released from the FOIA request where Ohr himself reiterated that this Dossier should be called into question as well as any attempt to obtain a FISA warrant would be illegal but Comey got around it by leaking the information to the press so he could then say the information had came from multiple sources “the multiple sources happen to be the MSM outlets he shared the information with, along with Comey writing up his conclusion into the Clinton investigation on her missing emails BEFORE he had even finished interviewing key witnesses along with letting her slide on lying/perjury that none of the documents contained any classified information when he knew that they did and gave her a free pass when he knew she as well that she committed perjury and put the civilians of the United States in danger as a matter of national security by not using a protected server of the State Dept. he committed many crimes of his own. I think the Assistant AG should be more concerned in being prosecuted himself in trying to commit a crime by taking down a sitting president by all of the collusion happening at the FBI (Comey directed) along with the DOJ.

    Then the best for last, everyone seems so concerned on how these ladies/prostitutes were paid off and the fact he may have had extra a couple of extra marital affairs. As I said previously he was nothing more then a private citizen and what ever happened his between President Teump and the First Lady. Now as to how they were paid and what funds were used, President Teump doesn’t even draw a salary (first time ever as a sitting President but donates his salary quarterly to various organizations such as our veterans and highly doubt he would use campaign money to pay for these women $10 or $15 grand payoff when he is donating approx &245k a year (his complete salary). Now the hypocrisy of all this is they are so interested and concerned about it but I haven’t heard the first one of them mention the appropriation of a slush fund to pay out to sexual assault claims to victims such as White House and Congressional Interns to pay them off. Quite frankly I would be more interested in who set this application slush fund up, who authorized it, who has untilized it, for exactly what accusation to go away and exactly how much of the tax payers money has been paid out while these Senate and House of Representatives have been screwing around while actively “serving in government office”? Don’t you find that interesting and a bit odd? I sure do!!

  7. Your are absolutely correct! I can’t believe how much animosity people have for President Trump. It’s insane and they ARE insane.

  8. I’d like to stop worrying about all the President Trump nonsense and what he did in his OWN bedroom before he became President. And how he spent/spends his OWN. What is important is who Politicians paid with OUR TAX DOLLARS for their harassment suits. Does anyone care about that or do they have their nose so far up Trumps ass that they, just, don’t care?

  9. That’s hitting the nail on the head .Or that was how the other days would have stated it.Why is every One of the Dems getting by with their lies and fake dossier ‘s ? I think the WORLD is watching for the answers to that One. OR are their different rights for special people like in the Democratic Party?.PLEASE explaine for the sake of OUR COUNTRY. Thanks for the answers to any of my questions. Jennell Harper

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