"These payments were being made to stop Stormy Daniels and Karen McDougal from going public and hurting the campaign right before the election", said Larry Noble, a former general counsel to the Federal Election Commission.
Enter Donald Trump, using the very same quick thinking that he also asserted the country couldn't possibly survive without, to explain that this couldn't have been a campaign finance violation because the money didn't even come from the campaign!
"They weren't taken out of campaign finance".
A year ago, Graham said "there will be holy hell to pay" if Trump ousted Sessions, who served for years as a senator alongside Graham and Grassley. "I demand the highest standards, and where they are not met, I take action".
But it appears highly unlikely Trump will be indicted in this instance - at least while he is in office.
"That is completely false under the law", Mr Davis said. "The campaign limitations under the law apply the same".
But Davis insisted that "when the time comes" for Cohen to tell his new story to Mueller - and the special counsel is able to "digest" it and piece it together with other evidence - "it could be an impeachable offense" on the part of the president.
Michael Cohen personally called tax officials in NY the same day he received a subpoena from state investigators looking into the Trump Foundation.
Donald Trump has some biting remarks for former lawyer Michael Cohen.
As President Donald Trump rails against the Robert Mueller investigation, NY officials are ramping up their inquiry into Trump's dealings with his now defunct foundation and could have an important cooperator: Michael Cohen, Trump's former lawyer.
Shortly after his guilty plea, Cohen's attorney Lanny David said in an interview that Cohen has information that "would be of interest both in Washington as well as NY state". The elder Cohen reportedly told his son that did not survive the Nazi genocide to have the family name dragged through the mud by Trump, The Wall Street Journal reported.
Giuliani, Trump's lawyer, has said it won't come to that anyway.
PAUL S RYAN: It is precisely because Donald Trump and his campaign failed to use campaign funds to make these payments, which were for the goal of influencing the election, that Donald Trump and his campaign have seemingly violated campaign finance law.
The 35-page dossier characterized Cohen as a central figure in a "clandestine" conspiracy of collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government.
Yet the White House signalled no clear strategy for managing the fallout.
Speaking to Fox & Friends host Ainsley Earhardt in an interview broadcast Thursday, the president said: 'I would give myself an A+. "It's not a dispute".
Cohen pleaded guilty to eight counts Tuesday in a surprise hearing in NY that happened within an hour of a jury dropping a guilty verdict on eight counts in the trial against Trump's former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort.
In a series of Tweets, the US President had nothing but praise for his former campaign chief.
Manafort faces trial on separate charges in September in the District of Columbia that include acting as a foreign agent.
Mr Trump has repeatedly denounced the probe as a "witch hunt".
The legal system dumped two political hazards this week on Trump.
The following month, Mr Trump officially disclosed a payment to Cohen of between $100,001 and $250,000 for expenses incurred in 2016. Her fight is against both Trump and Cohen, who helped negotiate the hush agreement she is attempting to be freed from. Federal law restricts how much individuals can donate to a campaign, bars corporations from making direct contributions and requires the disclosure of transactions. And by the way, he plead to two counts that aren't a crime. He could get about four to five years in prison at sentencing December 12. To do so would open him up to grand jury subpoenas, federal charges and civil suits for the rest of his life.
Manafort was a well-connected Republican consultant and lobbyist who prosecutors say made $60 million in foreign money working for Russia-backed politicians in Ukraine. The growing list includes Pecker, former White House staffer Omarosa Manigault Newman and former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.
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