Is this an impeachable claim?

by Is-Rael Landes 12/11/18

Back in August of 2016 Trump directed his lawyer Michael Cohen to assure Playboy model Karen McDougal would would not share her story, and make a payment to Stormy Daniels of $130,000 to stay quiet about alleged sexual relationships.

 

“Prosecutors argue that because Cohen was an agent of the Trump campaign, the payments to McDougal and Daniels were campaign contributions in excess of federal limits and not unrelated expenditures.” (Washington Post)

 

“Trump has denied the allegations of affairs by McDougal and Daniels. In May, his lawyer, Rudolph W. Giuliani, said the payment to Daniels was made “to resolve a personal and false allegation in order to protect the president’s family,” adding: “It would have been done in any event, whether he was a candidate or not.”” (Washington Post)

Trump also claims that if a case is made it should be tried as a civil case and not a criminal case, meaning the worst case scenario is he would pay a substantial fine the courts, rather than face impeachment.

Trump cites a similar case in 2013 where Obama did not disclose campaign contributions of 1,312 donors in the final weeks of campaigns, equating to around 2 million dollars. Obama’s case was tried as civil and payed a fine of $375,000 one of the largest penalties for an administration in history.

Well continue to watch how prosecutors move forward with their claims.


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