Trump 'Likely To Be Indicted' On Campaign Finance Violations

11 December, 2018, 01:27 | Author: Sue Mclaughlin
  • U.S. Justice Department Connects Trump To A Federal Crime For 1st Time

Cohen told the court in August that during the 2016 presidential campaign Trump directed him to make hush money payments to at least two women who say they've had affairs with him after he married his third wife, Melania.

President Donald Trump faces the prospect of being charged with three separate crimes and can be indicted while serving as president, Fox News's senior judicial analyst Andrew Napolitano said Monday.

Separately, Mueller asserts that former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen detailed Trump's business dealings in Russian Federation well into the 2016 campaign, as well as Cohen's repeated lies to congressional investigators in order to shield Trump from scrutiny.

Prosecutors wrote: "In particular, and as Cohen himself has now admitted, with respect to both payments, he acted in coordination with and at the direction of Individual 1". "The fact that Cohen continued to work on the project and discuss it with Individual 1 well into the campaign was material to the ongoing congressional and SCO investigations, particularly because it occurred at a time of sustained efforts by the Russian government to interfere with the USA presidential election".

Federal prosecutors have accused President Trump of committing a federal crime by directing illegal hush money during the presidential campaign to two women-adult film star Stormy Daniels and former Playboy model Karen McDougal-during the presidential election.

Although President Trump may avoid a similar fate because the Justice Department is unlikely to indict a sitting president, he could be named as an unindicted co-conspirator, as was President Richard Nixon, or charged if he leaves office before the statute of limitations runs out (most likely in 2022).

"We have been discussing the issue of pardons the president may offer to people or dangle in front of people", Adam Schiff, who is likely to be the next chairman of the House Intelligence Committee in a Democrat controlled Congress said over the weekend.

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Cohen has pleaded guilty to several charges, including campaign finance violations, and is awaiting sentencing.

Cohen said he never followed up on that meeting.

"Lawyer's liability if (Cohen) made a mistake, not me".

"The pieces of the mosaic or the puzzle are coming into place, and the walls are closing in on Donald Trump, and his inner circle, including his family", Blumenthal said. "Cohen just trying to get his sentence reduced". Under US federal law, any payments made for the "purpose of influencing" an election must be reported in campaign finance disclosures.

Since Trump won the 2016 presidential election, U.S. authorities have been investigating allegations that his campaign team somehow colluded with Russian Federation, claiming that Moscow hacked the election process in order to help him. But Chris Christie said, on "This Week", that the president is "not totally clear". It states that Cohen and the Trump organization - the president's company - went to great lengths to hide them by fraudulent bookkeeping. It's not obvious from the filing that this Russian was in a position to facilitate such collusion and many details of the charges remain redacted.

The incoming Democrat-led House will certainly be considering this question.



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