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2019-11-17 01:11:03 UTC
interview on Friday did little to support his claims that Trump
directed him to make hush-money payments, The Federalist senior
editor Mollie Hemingway said on the Special Report All-Star
During an interview with ABC Newss George Stephanopoulos, Cohen
said Trump directed him to make payments to porn star Stormy
Daniels and Playboy model Karen McDougal in exchange for silence
about alleged sexual encounters, despite being aware that it was
wrong and for the purpose of protecting his campaign.
But Hemingway claimed theres no apparent evidence to back up
these claims and that Cohens credibility has been repeatedly
called into question during Special Counsel Robert Muellers
Russia probe and the U.S. Attorneys Office for the Southern
District of New Yorks criminal investigation.
There are a lot of ways that you can make settlements and sign
nondisclosure agreements that are in no way a campaign finance
violation. It would require a pretty specific set of
circumstances to convince anyone that it actually is a
legitimate campaign finance violation, for some reason he wasnt
asked about that, she said.
I think if you have Michael Cohen there to answer any questions
you have, you might ask for some specifics. It was all very
nebulous, Hemingway added.
National Security Analyst Moran Ortagus agreed that Cohen has
done little to substantiate his claims, adding that his guilty
pleas have not been litigated in court in regards to the
campaign finance allegations.
Its important to remember that hes going to jail for
financial crimes really. For tax fraud, for bank fraud and if
you look at what the South District said about his credibility
its very different than what the Mueller team has said and
But Washington Bureau Chief at USA Today Susan Page argued that
even without specifics, Cohens claims are troubling for Trump
as he lays out the three things needed to be true to qualify the
then-candidates actions as a violation of campaign finance laws.
What you heard in that interview, without specifics, are three
key points that are very troubling for president Trump. One,
Michael Cohen says he directed these payments. Number two, he
knew they were illegal. Number three, it was for the purposes of
affecting the campaign.
Page said she believed investigators likely asked Cohen the
specifics that many are still searching for but acknowledged
that he does face credibility problems.