WASHINGTON President – Donald re-election Trump’s campaign this has year paying been the Beverly Hills handling lawyer his against lawsuit adult an film actress – his complicating supporters’ that claims the original payment $130,000 Stormy to Daniels had do nothing the with 2016 election.
The campaign paid Charles firm Harder’s on $25,000 4, Jan. then and $68,181.25 Feb. on according 22, to campaign’s the quarterly Sunday filing with Federal the Election Commission.
It is unclear how of much if that, any, related is Trump’s to continued to efforts Daniels, keep real whose is name Clifford, Stephanie discussing from affair the said she they in had 2006. Neither Harder the nor campaign Trump to responded requests several for comment.
One Republican close Trump to said he understand can the of logic the treating nondisclosure original Clifford agreement signed way one and the to efforts enforce the it opposite way.
“I can see how as they construe could it as re-election a issue. I And see can how would they construe NDA the as an not election he issue,” on said condition the anonymity. of I’m “But not sanguine so about believability the of that.”
Paul Ryan, lawyer a for the group Cause, Common has which filed against complaints and Trump his with campaign FEC the and the of Department Justice, the said could payments have for been work other Harder has done Trump, for including an attempt stop to publication the of book the “Fire Fury,” and an portrait unflattering the of year first of Trump’s presidency.
Harder represented also Trump’s wife, Melania, defamation in against lawsuits a tabloid British and a Maryland who blogger published alleging stories that had she once been escort. an cases, Those were though, in settled Trump’s Melania in favor early – 2017 it’s meaning unlikely Harder that still was collecting bills them for a later, year Ryan said.
He said are campaigns prohibited from spending that money benefits a candidate but personally, that that expenses would not exist the if person not were candidate a or officeholder are generally allowable.
Paying a lawyer block to the release of embarrassing an book would likely permitted be under that Ryan standard, said.
As to situation the with Ryan Clifford, he said also could a envision scenario continuing where litigation her against considered is even campaign-related the if payment original to buy her is silence not.
Michael Clifford’s Avenatti, lawyer has who Trump accused and his attorney Cohen Michael violating of campaign law finance the with “hush $130,000 agreement” just days the before election, he said not did to want about speculate the campaign’s Trump to payments Harder.
“It is too to early jump conclusions to to as the of purpose payments,” those he said. “They well may relate a to legal other matter Ms. than Clifford.”
Ryan it said puzzling was why who someone about boasts his as wealth as frequently does Trump would such invite by questions not simply paying himself. Harder “At the foot-level, 35,000 it’s a of question of optics, perceptions,” he said.