Trump on the hush money payments: “They didn’t come out of the campaign. They came from me.” (via Fox) pic.twitter.com/IlXm9R4b0M
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) August 22, 2018
Courtesy of Newsweek:
Donald Trump may have just admitted to committing a crime in an interview on Fox & Friends, Barack Obama’s former ethics chief said.
The president appeared on the show after his former personal lawyer Michael Cohen pleaded guilty to eight charges, including campaign finance violations. Cohen claimed in court that he arranged payments to two women who alleged they had affairs with Trump at the direction of the now president. While the full interview will not air until Thursday, a short clip released from Fox News showed Trump telling co-host Ainsley Earhardt that he knew about the payments.
“Later on I knew, later on, but you have to understand, Ainsley, what he did, and they weren’t taken out of campaign finance—that’s a much bigger thing, did they come out of the campaign? They didn’t come out of the campaign,” Trump said during the interview.
Eisen, who previously served as the White House Special Counsel for Ethics and Government Reform, told CNN on Wednesday that the video is an accidental admission that Trump committed a crime.
“The striking thing about the video we just watched is that the president in his usual clumsy way has stumbled into another federal crime,” Eisen said, claiming that Trump signed his federal financial disclosures in 2017 and purposefully omitted his debt to Cohen for paying off women who claimed to have had affairs with the president .
“Guess what, if you owe somebody money, he just said, ‘Yes, I know about the payments,’ he repaid Michael Cohen. He had to list that on his form. He omitted it,” Eisen continued. The ethics expert said that his watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington has already made a criminal referral against Trump, which has resulted in a complaint from the Office of Government Ethics to the Department of Justice.
I swear only Donald Trump could cop to a federal crime while trying to explain that he did not break the law.