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Sat Jan 13, 2018, 12:00 PM

The Porn Star Story Could be a Crime, if...

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...campaign money was used. What we know:

(1). The payoff occurred in October of 2016, just weeks before the General Election.

(2). The alleged encounter happened in 2006, while Donald was in his first year of marriage to Melania.

(3). Donald Trump hates using his own money for anything, if he can find an alternative way to pay (i.e. Trump foundation paying off golf course fines).

So, Trump obviously didn't want to go into the last few weeks of the campaign with this story and possibly have his wife walk out on him on top of that.

It is very conceivable, to me, that a scenario like this could have developed. Trump's attorney, Cohen, contacts Stephanie Clifford's (AKA Stormy Daniels) attorney about a settlement with a non-disclosure agreement (NCA). They negotiate a sum, reportedly $130,000 for Ms. Clifford. The Trump campaign transfers a sum (most likely a little greater that $130K, since the attorneys need to get paid) to Cohen's legal firm's account for "services" to the Trump campaign. Cohen transfer's the $130K plus to Ms. Clifford's attorney's legal firm's account from Cohen's legal firm's account. Ms. Clifford's (AKA Stormy Daniels) attorney then cuts a check for $130,000 to Ms. Clifford from his firm's account.

Trump and Cohen's actions violate federal campaign finance laws if this scenario is accurate.

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Response to louis c (Original post)

Sat Jan 13, 2018, 12:02 PM

1. Very plausible...

though I imagine it would be hard to prove. These assholes are good at hiding money and sliding it around under the radar.

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Response to Wounded Bear (Reply #1)

Sat Jan 13, 2018, 12:04 PM

2. Check the dates of the money transfers, then follow the money.

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Response to louis c (Original post)

Sat Jan 13, 2018, 12:04 PM

3. I suspect they would use an outside donor or some form of cutout to hide this...

...but then I always seem to assume a level of competence greater than they have ever exhibited.

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Response to sfwriter (Reply #3)

Sat Jan 13, 2018, 12:14 PM

4. I keep making the same mistake when assessing this family, I just cannot wrap my head

around how stupid they are.

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Response to sfwriter (Reply #3)

Sat Jan 13, 2018, 12:14 PM

5. Some combination of incompetence and karma, we can only hope /nt

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Response to sfwriter (Reply #3)

Sat Jan 13, 2018, 12:50 PM

10. Stable geniuses, every one of them!

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Response to louis c (Original post)

Sat Jan 13, 2018, 12:17 PM

6. Can it be prosecuted as a payment to a prostitute?

Isn't it illegal to pay a sex worker to shut her mouth?

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Response to L. Coyote (Reply #6)

Sat Jan 13, 2018, 12:41 PM

8. Statute of limitations for the act itself

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Response to louis c (Original post)

Sat Jan 13, 2018, 12:38 PM

7. Trump is unlikely to use his own cash

He will not open his own wallet if there's another option. I bet the odds are he used campaign money.

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Response to louis c (Original post)

Sat Jan 13, 2018, 12:41 PM

9. The campaign was absolutely a money making scheme.

But it's very trivial to change where the money is coming from and how it is expended.

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