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Ex-FEC Commissioner: “Extremely Difficult” to Prove Trump Violated Finance Law

The liberal media has been mocking President Trump’s assertion that his involvement in the payouts to Stormy Daniels and Karen McDougal were in any way a violation of campaign finance law. On multiple occasions, Trump has noted that this was a “simple private transaction” unrelated to the campaign, and that if there was any criminal liability, it was on his lawyer, Michael Cohen. He has also argued that if there was any violation, it amounts to a civil case and not a criminal one.

Meanwhile, everyone who has been insisting that Trump is a Russian mole/Dictator/Nazi/Mobster is salivating at the prospect of the president going to prison for a long time.

But one former FEC commissioner says that’s very unlikely.

In an op-ed for Fox News, Hans von Spakovsky – who was on the Federal Elections Commission from 2006 to 2008 – said that prosecutors will find it challenging to prove that these payments were made to illegally influence the election.

“The blackmail threat by Daniels and McDougal to reveal their claims would exist whether or not Trump was running for office. He was a well-known celebrity, and celebrities face these claims all the time,” he said.

He pointed to the similar case of former Senator John Edwards, who was nearly prosecuted for using campaign funds to hush his mistress. Those charges were dropped because the feds could not prove that Edwards paid the woman to protect his political power rather than, as he claimed, simply keep the affair from his wife.

“Convicting Donald Trump of a criminal campaign finance violation will be extremely difficult, if not impossible,” he wrote. “Just as Edwards was found not guilty, the same is likely to happen to President Trump if he is charged while he is president or after he leaves the White House.”

Von Spakovsky noted that it will also be difficult for Democrats to turn this into an issue for impeachment purposes, reminding readers that Obama’s 2008 campaign was also in violation of campaign finance law.

“As for the claim the hush-money payments would be an impeachable offense, members of Congress would have to explain why prior cases in which campaigns like that of Barack Obama paid civil penalties to the Federal Election Commission for violations of federal campaign finance law were not grounds for impeachment,” he wrote.

Well, we’re sure they will explain it by saying: Yeah, but it’s Trump! And we hate Trump!

Have they ever needed any other reason? For any of this?

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  1. If Trump is a Russian spy, then why is he putting so much pressure on Russia? The building talk was just that, all talk. If two woman come to you and said they are going to spill the beans on what happened, what would you do if they wanted money, or else guys?

  2. The Liberals and the media are always salivating over how we have Trump for whatever. Which as always means they just get a lot of fake false reporting out of it. It’s never going to happen cause
    President Trump would never have run for the job with anything hanging over his head. He is very
    smart and did not need a job. Also, least we forget he and his family are taking no salary for all
    the crap reporting that is done against them. You keep on trying and find how long term the effects
    will be. This country is better for getting him in the White House and history will record it as such.

  3. This is the question that has to be asked and answered?
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    If mueller and the Southern District in New York believed this payment violated the finance election laws then just why did they not refer this matter to the FEC which would be the proper place to determine if first there was even a violation and if it should have been prosecuted as a criminal or a civil violation.
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    I’ll give you the answer, because the progressive socialist democrats, mueller and his hit squad knows there is no violation and just wants to use it for political reasons in the 2020 election.

  4. President Trump is ALL ABOUT OUR individual freedom — which is being BLED OUT of the American People by Liberals and Progressives. For WHAT? Their own EGOS, power and money! They are a SAD bunch, and they’re going to be sadder. IF they succeed in “putting The President — MY President — “behind bars”, if I were Shoomer, Pitifulosi, Schitf and ANY JUDGE who would collaborate, I would look over my shoulder for the REST OF YOUR LIVES!

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