CNN’s Laura Coates: It Looks Like Trump Broke the Law With Hush Money Payments
On Friday, the Wall Street Journal dropped a bombshell report claiming that prosecutors have evidence that President Donald Trump was involved in the hush money payments to Stormy Daniels and Karen McDougal.
The report is based on the fact in charging documents, Trump’s one-time lawyer Michael Cohen was said to have coordinated with one or more members of the campaign, including Trump.
When Mr. Cohen pleaded guilty that month to campaign-finance violations, prosecutors filed a 22-page charging document asserting that Mr. Cohen “coordinated with one or more members of the campaign, including through meetings and phone calls, about the fact, nature, and timing of the payments.”
The unnamed campaign member or members referred to Mr. Trump, according to people familiar with the document.
WSJ also claims that Trump’s involvement was significant and he was briefed nearly every step of the way.
Responding to the WSJ news, CNN’s Laura Coates noted that it looks like Trump broke the law with the hush money payments.
“Do you believe the president broke the law?” host Wolf Blitzer asked Coates.
“I think it looks like he did, yes,” she replied.
She further explained: “All that indicates to me the prosecutors issued and gave immunity to this person because they believe he had some risk of legal exposure, number one. Number two, the actual guilty plea of Michael Cohen talked about an unindicted co-conspirator in the case, talking about somebody equally involved in trying to circumvent campaign finance laws.”
“Now, we find additional support that shows that Donald Trump knew about the payments in advance that he asked a question, ‘what can you do for my campaign'” Coates further noted. “That question almost directly puts him in the line of extreme legal exposure and shows that he may have indeed violated criminal law.”
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