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US Congressman Ted Lieu explains:
‪”Legal standard for fed election law is not whether a person pays from personal funds. An in-kind contribution is any ‘expenditure made by any person in cooperation, consultation or concert with, or at the request or suggestion of, a candidate’s campaign.’ Cohen is in big trouble“. (‬@tedlieu, ‪Feb 13, 2018)‬

Cohen says Trump campaign was not ‘a party to the transaction.’ But that’s not the law. If $130k hush money payment to Stormy Daniels was made ‘in cooperation, consultation or concert with, or at the request or suggestion of, a candidate’s campaign,’ it violated fed election law.‪” (‬@tedlieu, ‪7.59 am Feb 14, 2018)‬ ‪https://twitter.com/tedlieu‬

According to Renato Mariotti, candidate for Illinois Attorney General:
‪”Rule of Professional Conduct 1.8(e) prohibits lawyers from ‘provide financial assistance to a client in connection with pending or contemplated litigation.’ If Michael Cohen paid this money to Stormy Daniels to settle her claims against Trump, he violated the rule.” (‬@renato_mariotti, ‪Feb 13, 2018, https://twitter.com/renato_mariotti‬ (Trump lawyer-mentor and mafia lawyer Roy Cohn was disbarred shortly before his death.)

Remembering Cohen’s Ukraine-Russia and possible mafia links:
Re‪https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2017/09/20/us-senate-intel-committee-changes-trump-lawyer-cohen-to-open-hearing-cohen-ukraine-russia-ties-allegations/‬

Ukranian businessman with links to Donald Trump and Russia dies in unexplained circumstances Alex Oronov, who had family ties to President’s lawyer, reportedly organised meeting aimed at helping give Russian President control of Crimea“, by Rachel Roberts, Monday 6 March 2017 http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/ukranian-businesman-russia-and-donald-trump-dies-michael-cohen-michael-flynn-donald-trump-vladimir-a7612866.html

By VOA: “Trump Attorney Says He Paid Porn Actress Out of Own Pocket
February 14, 2018 11:20 AM, VOA News

U.S. President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer says he paid $130,000 of his own money to a pornographic actress who once claimed to have had a sexual relationship with Trump about 12 years ago.

Attorney Michael Cohen said he paid adult film star Stephanie Clifford, who performs under the name ‘Stormy Daniels’, before the 2016 presidential election as part of a non-disclosure agreement.

“In a private transaction in 2016, I used my own personal funds to facilitate a payment of $130,000 to Ms. Stephanie Clifford,” Cohen said in a statement.

Cohen also said neither the Trump Organization, the holding company for all of Trump’s business ventures, nor the Trump campaign was involved in the transaction. He added he was not compensated for the payment “either directly or indirectly.”

Cohen, who said he has served as Trump’s lawyer for more than a decade, made it clear he is more committed than ever to protecting the interests of his client.

“Just because something isn’t true doesn’t mean that it can’t cause you harm or damage. I will always protect Mr. Trump.”

Cohen did not say whether Trump was aware of the payment or why he made the payment. Cohen has previously denied Trump had an affair with Clifford.

The Wall Street Journal initially reported in January that Clifford was paid in October 2016 in exchange for not disclosing information about the alleged affair with Trump.

After the report was published, the government watchdog group Common Cause filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission requesting an investigation into the source of the payment. The complaint contends the payment was an in-kind donation to Trump’s campaign that should have been included in its official reports that are publicly disclosed.

Later in January, In Touch magazine published an interview with Clifford that was conducted in 2011, during which she alleged that she had a sexual encounter with Trump in Lake Tahoe, Nevada, soon after Trump’s third wife, Melania, gave birth to their son Barron.

At the end of January, however, a statement attributed to Clifford said the affair never happened. But in a televised interview on the same day, she appeared to deny the statement, maintaining she was not aware of its origins and the signature was not similar to hers.” https://www.voanews.com/a/trump-attorney-says-he-paid-port-actress-own-pocket/4254161.html

They may let Cohen and then Trump fall over this because the Russia mafia connections are too ugly and too dangerous. Trump’s so mob connected he has to be willfully blind not to see. As someone recently commented, it’s supposed to be the US president whose hair turns gray or white from stress, not the population. Is Trump invested in hair dye?

Pence should be indicted or impeached too: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2017/06/21/is-cummins-vp-pences-motive-for-ignoring-cummings-warning-re-flynn-cummins-literally-moves-russia-including-military-partners-with-kamaz-owned-by-russian-gov-owned-sanctioned-entities-rostec-a/