Storm is over for Trump! Federal Election Commission DROPS investigation to determine if he violated campaign finance laws when his attorney Michael Cohen paid Stormy Daniels $ 130,000 ‘hush money’ in the days leading up to the 2016 election
- Cohen claims he was ordered to make the payment to the porn star to prevent her from revealing an affair two weeks before the 2016 election.
- Cohen was jailed for three years after being found guilty of violating campaign laws
- On Thursday, FEC voted 2-2 on whether or not to continue the investigation into the scandal
- A lack of majority means that the case has been dropped and the investigation has been completed
The federal election commission has dropped its investigation into whether Donald Trump violated campaign finance laws over $ 130,000 hush money to Stormy Daniels.
Trump’s disgraced attorney Michael Cohen claims he was ordered to make the payment to the porn star to prevent her from revealing an affair two weeks before the 2016 election.
Cohen was sentenced to three years in prison after being found guilty of making the payment to, among other things, obtain a nondisclosure agreement from Daniels.
On Thursday, four of the six two-party commissioners were divided in their votes, meaning that without a majority backing the investigation, the case was dropped.
Donald Trump has denied the affair with Daniels that the porn star claims was carried out in 2006 after his marriage to Melania
Cohen was jailed for three years after being found guilty of making the payment to obtain a nondisclosure agreement from Daniels, among other charges
Democrats Shana Broussard, the current chair, and Ellen Weintraub, argued that the case should have been pursued because there were grounds to believe that campaign finance laws had been violated.
“ To conclude that a payment, made 13 days before election day to conceal a sudden newsworthy 10-year story, was not campaign-related, without even conducting an investigation, defies reality, ” they wrote.
Pornstar Stormy Daniels attends the Adult Video News Awards 2019 at The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on January 26, 2019 in Las Vegas
“Several of our colleagues voted instead to dismiss the charges,” the statement continued. “The Commission, therefore, did not have enough votes to prosecute allegations that the former president of the United States knowingly accepted contributions of nearly 5,000% above the legal limit to quell a negative narrative just days before election day.”
Republicans James “Trey” Trainor and Sean Cooksey voted no, arguing that Cohen had been charged and that the SEC could not prosecute anything.
“ In short, the public record is complete regarding the conduct at issue in these complaints, and Mr. Cohen has been punished by the United States government for the conduct at issue in these cases, ” said Trainor and Cooksey in a ruling.
“That’s why we came to the conclusion that pursuing these matters further was not the best use of the agency’s resources,” they continued. “The Commission regularly rejects cases where other government agencies have already adequately upheld and justified the interests of the Commission.”
Republican Allen Dickerson withdrew from the case, while independent Steven Walther did not vote.
Daniels, 42, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, claims she had an affair with Trump in 2006 after he married Melania and she gave birth to their son, Barron.
Trump denies the affair.
Cohen has admitted to making the $ 130,000 payment and was sentenced to three years in prison for lying to Congress, tax evasion, and charges related to payments to Daniels and other women.
“It was my own weakness and a blind loyalty to this man that led me to choose a path of darkness over light,” Cohen said of Trump in court in 2018.
On his podcast ‘Mea Culpa’ in February, Cohen said sorry to Daniels for the ‘unnecessary pain’ caused by the hush money.