JM Rieger @RiegerReport Video Editor, The Washington Post • [email protected] Nov. 09, 2018 2 min read

WSJ - Federal prosecutors have gathered evidence of Donald Trump’s participation in hush payments to Stormy Daniels and Karen McDougal that violated campaign-finance laws. 


PECKER’s company paid MCDOUGAL $150,000 to keep her from speaking publicly about it.

TRUMP later thanked PECKER for the assistance. 

WSJ: "Trump was involved in or briefed on nearly every step of the agreements. He directed deals in phone calls and meetings w/ Cohen and others. The U.S. attorney’s office in Manhattan has gathered evidence of Trump’s participation in the transactions.” 

WSJ: When COHEN pleaded guilty to campaign-finance violations, prosecutors filed a charging document asserting COHEN “coordinated with one or more members of the campaign.”

The unnamed member/members referred to TRUMP, according to WSJ sources. 

"Trump’s involvement in the payments, by itself, wouldn’t mean he is guilty of federal crimes … A criminal conviction would require proof Trump willfully skirted legal prohibitions on contributions from companies or from individuals in excess of $2,700” 

WSJ report cites "interviews with three dozen people who have direct knowledge of the events or who have been briefed on them, as well as court papers, corporate records and other documents.” 

"The money was slow in coming because Trump, Cohen and the longtime chief financial officer of the Trump Organization, Allen Weisselberg, couldn’t settle on a plan for getting it to Davidson without anyone being able to trace it back to Mr. Trump” 

Citing one source “familiar with the matter,” NBC News confirms WSJ report last month that TRUMP was the third person in the room in August 2015 when COHEN and DAVID PECKER discussed ways to counter negative stories about TRUMP’s relationships with women. 

WSJ - A 1988 sworn affidavit by TRUMP indicates his “thorough understanding of federal campaign finance law.” 

TRUMP in 1999:

"I think nobody knows more about campaign finance than I do, because I'm the biggest contributor.”

One day after The Washington Post released the “Access Hollywood” tape, a Stormy Daniels rep contacted AMI about an alleged affair with Trump.

Over the course of less than two hours, Donald Trump, Michael Cohen, Hope Hicks and AMI had 11 phone calls. 

Hope Hicks’ testimony to the House Judiciary Committee last month:

JACKSON LEE: Were you ever present when Trump and Cohen
discussed Stormy Daniels?

HICKS: No, ma’am.

JACKSON LEE: You were never present when they discussed
Stormy Daniels?



"Why Trump didn’t face federal charges for his role in these illegal payments is a question that remains unanswered. … But the release of these subpoenas seems to demonstrate just how involved in the Daniels payment Trump and his team were.” 

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