President Donald Trump, hot on the heels of news that Michael Cohen is dishing up plenty of dirty to Robert Mueller’s special counsel, is attempting to downplay his hush money payment to adult actress Stormy Daniels.
On Monday night, the President argued that the hush money payment issued by Michael Cohen was a “simple private transaction” and not a breach of campaign finance law.
Trump has been angry tweeting since Friday when Robert Mueller released the sentencing memos for Michael Cohen and Paul Manafort.
“There was NO COLLUSION,” Trump tweeted on Monday. “So now the Dems go to a simple private transaction, wrongly call it a campaign contribution, which it was not (but even if it was, it is only a CIVIL CASE, like Obama’s – but it was done correctly by a lawyer and there would not even be a fine.).”
In his guilty plea, Cohen revealed that Trump had him pay off Daniels and a former Playboy model after the President had affairs with both women. Trump’s associates have since claimed the payment was a business expense and not a campaign contribution.
Trump, in the meantime, claims it was Cohen who should take responsibility if any campaign laws were violated. It’s the “lawyer’s liability if he made a mistake, not me,” Trump said.
Despite his cooperation with the FBI, Cohen’s sentencing recommendation includes four years in prison. Cohen will be sentenced this week.
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