Trump Campaign paid (part of) Cohen's Legal Bills?

BoomerD

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https://www.yahoo.com/gma/trump-cam...egal-fees-174704409--abc-news-topstories.html

The Trump campaign has spent nearly $228,000 to cover some of the legal expenses for President Donald Trump’s personal attorney Michael Cohen, sources familiar with the payments tell ABC News, raising questions about whether the Trump campaign may have violated campaign finance laws.

Federal Election Commission records show three payments made from the Trump campaign to a firm representing Cohen. The “legal consulting” payments were made to McDermott Will and Emery — a law firm where Cohen's attorney Stephen Ryan is a partner — between October 2017 and January 2018.

It was those three payments, sources tell ABC News, that were related to Cohen’s legal defense.

Cohen has said that he did not have a formal role in the Trump campaign, and it is illegal to spend campaign funds for personal use – defined by the FEC as payments for expenses “that would exist irrespective of the candidate’s campaign or responsibilities as a federal officeholder.”

"They're on shaky legal ground," said Stephen Spaulding, chief of strategy at the nonprofit watchdog group Common Cause. "It sounds like they are really pushing the envelope … If the campaign were to say they are campaign-related payments, then maybe it's okay to use campaign funds. But he can't have it both ways."

Legal experts told ABC News that if the payments referenced in the FEC filings are related to the Russia investigation, they likely wouldn't violate campaign finance law, as the investigation is related to the 2016 presidential campaign. If the payments are related to the Stormy Daniels matter, however, the campaign could have a problem.

So...which is it? Campaign related...or not? Inquiring minds want to know.

(not that it will matter in the long run, Trump will just continue doing what he wants, laws be damned.)
 

cytg111

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The Trump campaign has spent nearly $228,000 to cover some of the legal expenses for President Donald Trump’s personal attorney Michael Cohen

Cohen that only handles a tiny tiny fraction of Trumps total legal matters ..1/(tiny tiny fraction) * 228k$ = ? billions ?.. lets hope the rest of his lawyers dont need lawyers.
 

KMFJD

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I wonder is this a sand, snow, thunder or sh*t storm?:p
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The whole administration has been one great big shit blizzard since inauguration day
 

Puffnstuff

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Cohen that only handles a tiny tiny fraction of Trumps total legal matters ..1/(tiny tiny fraction) * 228k$ = ? billions ?.. lets hope the rest of his lawyers dont need lawyers.
I'm sure that those are only a few of the matters that Mueller wants to talk to him about if we consider his approach.
 

Younigue

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Anyone seeing the Kyle Griffin tweet about Trump's New York Doctor (the whacky one) Dr. Harold Bornstein saying that Trump's bodyguard, a top Trump Org. Lawyer and a third man coming to his offices and confiscating all of Trump's records? Bronstein is quoted as saying he felt "raped, frightened and sad"