a) Trump had sex with some strumpets
b) He paid them to be silent
c) During the election campaign, Cohen (not Trump) sought to buy "stories" from two women to bury them, so that the stories would not influence the election.
d) Cohen paid off the women with money he received from Trump (Cohen had a regular monthly retainer from Trump, he paid the women off with money from this source).
e) After the election, Cohen sought reimbursement from campaign funds. THIS IS THE CRIME! Worse, Cohen arranged for his own reimbursement via fraudulent invoices for non-existent legal services ostensibly performed pursuant to a non-existent ‘retainer’ agreement.
However, note that the money Cohen used to pay off the women was from Trump's monthly retainer. No campaign funds were used for this.
I suspect that the prosecutors will have a hard time making the case that the payoffs were campaign violations, as no campaign funding was used. Basically their case boils down to: if you pay out of your personal funds to bury a story while campaigning for an elected position, this is a campaign violation. Unfortunately for them, the former head of the Federal Election Commission asserted that Cohen’s alleged hush payment to porn star Stormy Daniels before the 2016 election is not an in kind contribution to the Trump campaign or a violation of campaign finance law.
The former FEC head also stated: "When the FEC wrote the regulation that says what constitutes campaign expenditures and what constitutes personal use, it rejected specifically the idea that a campaign expenditure was anything related to a campaign, and instead says it has to be something that exists only because of the campaign and solely for that reason."
This goes back to August of 2018. So what we are seeing is that the Democrats have given up on the "Russia collusion" narrative and are now trying to make this about campaign violations. While the former FEC head is asserting there are no campaign violations.
Did Cohen commit a crime? Yes. More than one. Mainly lying and fraud. But Trump did not direct the use of campaign funds for the payoffs, so he is clean on this one.
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