Walter Shaub @waltshaub former Director of @OfficeGovEthics now with @CREWcrew personal account - views are my own May. 03, 2018

AMAZING! In trying to talk his way out of a campaign finance violation, Trump has admitted to filing a false financial disclosure in 2017. He personally certified that his disclosure was "complete and correct," subject to penalties at 18 U.S.C. § 1001 and 5 U.S.C. app. § 104. 1/

But Tump and his attorney, Rudy Giuliani, now admit that he had a $460,000 liability that he omitted from his financial disclosure report. /2

I normally assume omissions are inadvertent. However, given all of the deception about the Stormy Daniels payment, it is pretty hard to believe this was not intentional. Take, for example, the way Trump's people fooled Maggie Haberman regarding this payment. /3

Or the way that David Schwartz embarrassed the legal profession with his denials. /4 

And remember that Trump's attorney wanted him to be the first person in history to file a financial disclosure report without certifying that the report was true, as recounted in this story by @bykowicz: 

Looks like @NormEisen and the good folks at @CREWcrew have already filed a complaint with DOJ. /6

This seems like as strong a circumstantial case for a violation as one is going to see. It is absolutely stunning that we've reached the point where the President of the United States appears to have lied to U.S. Office of Government Ethics about a payoff to a porn star. /end

One additional fact. (Thanks for reminding me to mention this, @EricColumbus.)

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