Quantcast
Connect with us

CNN political analyst calls BS on Trump booster for claiming Cohen paid Stormy Daniels ‘to preserve his client’s marriage’

Published

on

Paul Begala and Steve Cortes

Steve Cortes, a onetime member of Trump campaign’s Hispanic advisory council, was the subject of ridicule Friday after he suggested to fellow CNN co-panelists that the president’s longtime attorney paid Stormy Daniels $130,000 to protect his client’s marriage.

The former Trump campaign adviser argued, as many others have, that the president’s voters knew what they were getting when they elected him — and that the recent FBI raid on Cohen regarding the Daniels payment is a “witch hunt.”

ADVERTISEMENT

Agreeing with CNN political analyst Jeffrey Toobin and even Cortes’ assertion that Americans knew who Trump was when voting for him, Clinton White House adviser Paul Begala said that it’s possible Trump’s attorney Michael Cohen arranged the payment to affect the outcome of the 2016 election — an act that could feasibly be a violation of campaign finance law.

“Trump should have said, ‘look, okay, I made a mistake in my marriage,'” Begala continued. “It would have been fine, but you can’t spend 100, if in fact they did, spend $130,000 to affect the election and not report it, not disclose it.”

“What if it wasn’t to affect the election?” Cortes asked. “I’m not saying it happened, but let’s say he did. Let’s say he did sleep with Stormy Daniels. Wouldn’t it be plausible, at least, Paul, that this money might have been spent to preserve his marriage?”

“Two weeks before the election?” Begala said, smiling. “No. Sorry. The affair happened like 10 years ago.”

ADVERTISEMENT

Watch below, via CNN:

ADVERTISEMENT

Report typos and corrections to: [email protected].
READ COMMENTS - JOIN THE DISCUSSION
Continue Reading

Facebook

Trump’s Pentagon chief vows to cooperate with impeachment probe in apparent break with the president

Published

on

US Defense Secretary Mark Esper said Sunday the Pentagon would cooperate with the congressional impeachment inquiry -- in an apparent break with President Donald Trump's policy to thwart the probe.

Esper said his department would try to comply with a subpoena from House Democrats seeking records relating to the withholding of US military aid to Ukraine.

"We will do everything we can to cooperate with the Congress," Esper said on CBS's "Face The Nation."

His reassurance came days after the White House announced it would not cooperate with the Democratic-led House of Representatives, calling its impeachment push illegitimate and unconstitutional.

Continue Reading

CNN

GOP lawmaker sits in painful silence for four seconds after CNN’s Camerota schools him on impeachment

Published

on

Rep. Rodney Davis (R-IL) sat in painful silence for a full four seconds after CNN's Alisyn Camerota schooled him on the nature of impeachment inquiries.

During an interview on Monday, Camerota asked Davis if he thought it was appropriate for a president to ask a foreign government to help him investigate his domestic political opponents.

Davis said it was not, but then pivoted to saying that House Democrats didn't have enough evidence at the moment to justify holding an impeachment inquiry based on their knowledge of just the phone call between President Donald Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

Continue Reading
 

Facebook

Kurds announce groundbreaking deal with Damascus as Turkey pushes deep into Syria

Published

on

Syria's Kurds have announced a groundbreaking deal with Damascus on a Syrian troop deployment near the border with Turkey, as Ankara presses a deadly cross-border offensive that has sparked an international outcry.

The announcement on Sunday came as the United States ordered the withdrawal of almost its entire ground force in Syria.

Defense Secretary Mark Esper said the move to withdraw 1,000 US troops came after Washington learned that Turkey was pressing further into Syria than expected.

Turkey's relentless assault, which has seen air strikes, shelling and a ground incursion manned mainly by Syrian proxy fighters, has killed scores of civilians and fighters since its launch on Wednesday.

Continue Reading
 
 
Help Raw Story Uncover Injustice. Join Raw Story Investigates for $1 and go ad-free.
close-image