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Trump claims to have been made aware of payments to Daniels and McDougal a posteriori

130,000 and 150,000 euros were paid to the two women to keep them quiet. Andrew Harnik / AP
130,000 and 150,000 euros were paid to the two women to keep them quiet. Andrew Harnik / AP


In an interview excerpt for Fox News, the US president assured that the money paid to the two women who say they had a relationship with him did not come from the presidential campaign.


In an exclusive interview with Fox News, Donald Trump recanted his misunderstanding about the payments of his former personal attorney Michael Cohen.


The latter, present alongside the president for more than 10 years and known to be his protector, finally decided to release him on August 21st. He pled guilty to eight counts: five for tax evasion, two for violating campaign finance laws, and one for bank fraud. Before the Attorneys General, he further stated that he paid two women to keep their affair with Donald Trump.


"At the request of the candidate", and "with the intention of influencing the presidential election" of 2016, he would have paid them the sums of 130,000 and 150,000 dollars. Although he did not specify the names of the two recipients the amounts correspond to those received by Stormy Daniels, pornographic actress, and Karen McDougal, former playmate, who claim to have had a relationship with the US president between 2006 and 2007. evidence, Michael Cohen reportedly recorded Donald Trump in a private conversation about it.


These payments "have not been withdrawn from the campaign"


Facing journalist Ainsley Earhardt, the US president continues to deny the allegations of his former lawyer, who claims he has responded to Donald Trump's orders. "I only knew what he did later," he continues. The businessman says: "When I heard about it, I wondered if the money came from the presidential campaign because it could have been risky. No, these payments were not withdrawn from the campaign, they came from me. And that's the most important thing. "


In the excerpt unveiled by Fox News, the US president also reminded the reporter of his tweets published on May 3 and in which he refers to these payments.

"Mr. Cohen, a lawyer, received a monthly, not campaign and unrelated, provision from which, through a refund, he entered into a private contract between two parties known as an agreement of non-disclosure, "he had tweeted.


"These agreements are very common among celebrities and rich people. In this case, it is fully in force. The agreement was used to stop the false and extortionous accusations she made about a case, "said Trump.



Agreements considered as donations


If this financial transaction does not seem illegal, the prosecution considers that the amount paid to Stormy Daniels is a donation to the campaign Donald Trump. These revelations could have had a direct impact on the results of the presidential election. The payment would therefore have a political motivation. On the other hand, individual donations can not go beyond $ 2700. In this case, the payment to Stormy Daniels would therefore indeed be illegal.


Same danger regarding the payment made to the old playmate Karen McDougal. Trump's former attorney would have been a matchmaker between the woman and the pro-Trump tabloid, National Enquirer. By going through the American Media Inc., the publisher of the tabloid, Cohen would have bought the rights of the testimony of the playmate so that she can not speak. However, a company does not have the right to donate to a candidate.

Tuesday was not an easy day for the US president. At the same time, a popular jury found Paul Manafort, his former campaign manager, guilty of eight of the eighteen charges against him, including five for tax evasion and non-disclosure of bank accounts abroad and two charges against him. bank fraud.

In a tweet published Wednesday, Donald Trump called Paul Manafort a "good man" and added, "I feel very bad for Paul Manafort and his wonderful family."

Trump claims to have been made aware of payments to Daniels and McDougal a posteriori Reviewed by INVENTION on août 23, 2018 Rating: 5 130,000 and 150,000 euros were paid to the two women to keep them quiet. Andrew Harnik / AP In an interview excerpt for Fox News, th...