Donald Trump Falsely Said The Crimes Michael Cohen Admitted to Weren't Actually Crimes
Type: Spreads IgnoranceAug 23 2018 Severity: About: Michael Cohen
& Laws & Crime
Donald Trump unwittingly admitted to violating campaign finance laws by falsely claiming that the crimes his personal lawyer plead guilty to aren't campaign violations. It is illegal to make an excessive campaign contribution without reporting it and it is illegal to give a corporate contribution to third parties without reporting it. What Trump is claiming is that it's not a campaign violation because the money came from Trump personally and not the campaign, but that doesn't actually matter in the eyes of the law.
Quote | Campaign finance violations, tax fraud, and lying a bank are all crimes.
"They [unreported payments to his personal lawyer during the 2016 campaign] weren't taken out of campaign finance, that's the big thing. That's a much bigger thing. Did they come out of the campaign? They didn't come out of the campaign, they came from me," Trump said to Fox & Friend's Ainsley Earhardt... "They didn't come out of the campaign and that's big. It's not even a campaign violation."