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Trump In Legal Trouble For Giving Hush Money To Porn Star

Donald Trump may have broken a federal law by paying a former porn star to keep quiet about their sexual relationship.

The nonprofit organization Common Cause has filed lawsuits with the Justice Department and the Federal Election Commission. The complaints claim that if the Wall Street Journal was correct in reporting that Trump gave Stephanie Clifford $130,000 during the 2016 presidential race, he violated the Federal Elections Campaign Act.

The candidate allegedly was trying to conceal a relationship he had with Clifford, whose porn name was Stormy Daniels, more than a decade ago.

Common Cause argued that the payment amounted to an in-kind contribution to Trump’s campaign. Because the donation exceeded $200 and was meant to affect the outcome of the election, it should have been reported to the FEC, according to the watchdog group.

The Washington Press noted that the law also bans campaign contributions of more than $2,700.

One of Trump’s lawyers, Michael Cohen, allegedly had his Essential Consultants company send the money to Clifford. The firm, which the Press described as a “shell corporation,” did not even exist until a few weeks before the election.

When Cohen established the company, Clifford was preparing for a “Good Morning America” interview in which she planned to disclose her relationship with Trump, which she said began in 2006.

If the Justice Department or the FEC determines that the Trump campaign broke federal laws, it could give special counsel Robert Mueller additional evidence with which to prosecute the president or his associates. Mueller is leading the government investigation of alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia to interfere in the election.

He has already filed charges against former campaign manager Paul Manafort and former national security adviser Michael Flynn, and more indictments are expected.

Clifford is continuing to cash in on the scandal. According to USA Today, she launched a “Make America Horny Again” tour Saturday night by performing at a strip club in South Carolina. The show took place on the first-year anniversary of the inauguration of Trump, who had campaigned with the slogan “Make America Great Again.”

The Washington Post reported that a flyer promoting the event referred to the president in proclaiming: “He saw her live. You can, too!”

The Press noted that Trump would not be the first politician to have his career crash as a result of an extramarital affair. In 2008, authorities indicted Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards for violating campaign-finance laws.

The senator reportedly gave a million dollars of his donors’ money to a mistress, Rielle Hunter, who was pregnant with his child. Edwards allegedly was attempting to keep voters, as well as his wife, in the dark about the relationship.

He continued his White House bid, but the scandal helped to doom his chances of becoming the nation’s commander-in-chief.

Two decades earlier, Democratic presidential hopeful Gary Hart saw his campaign come to a screeching halt following the release of a photo showing a woman sitting on his lap.

It remains to be seen whether the fallout from the Clifford affair will influence voters if the president runs for re-election in 2020.

Trump’s 2016 victory, which came just a month after the infamous “Access Hollywood” tape surfaced, indicated that he can survive such controversies. In the 2005 recording, Trump could be heard bragging about having sexually assaulted multiple women.

Source: Washington Press
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