Did President Donald Trump's campaign reimburse one of the president's businesses for the cost of paying hush money to porn star Stormy Daniels?
That's a question that's now being asked by the government watchdog Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), which has flagged a Trump campaign reimbursement filing that sent $130,888.33 in campaign funds to a limited liability corporation called Trump Tower Commercial. The filing claims that the Trump campaign was reimbursing the LLC for "rent," although it does not describe exactly what properties were rented out for campaign use.
According to the Wall Street Journal's reporting, longtime Trump attorney Michael Cohen set up a separate LLC called Essential Consultants in October 2016 that he used as a vehicle to pay off Daniels in exchange for remaining silence about her past affair with the president, which occurred shortly after his wife Melania had given birth to their son, Barron Trump.
Given that the payment made from the Trump campaign to Trump Tower Commercial LLC was for roughly the same amount that Essential Consultants LLC paid to Daniels -- and given the fact that the payout occurred just one month after the 2016 presidential election ended -- this transaction is sure to raise questions over whether campaign funds were used to cover the costs of paying off a porn star.
Check out the filing posted by CREW below.
President Trump is accused of paying $130,000 in hush money to porn star Stormy Daniels to hide an affair a month b… https://t.co/fUIbtNV07X— Citizens for Ethics (@Citizens for Ethics) 1516722094.0