Time may be running out for prosecutors to charge former President Donald Trump in connection with a $130,000 hush money payment to porn star Stormy Daniels.
The payment occurred on Oct. 27, 2016, and there is a five-year statute of limitations on violations of federal elections law, the Daily Beast reported Wednesday.
Trump fixer Michael Cohen, who was sentenced to three years in prison on charges related to orchestrating the payment, blasted federal prosecutors for failing to charge Trump.
"I'm not surprised. I'm disappointed. In fact, I'm disgusted. I'm disgusted with Republicans, because no matter what their supreme leader elects to do, they justify it and rationalize it," Cohen told the Daily Beast, adding that he also recalls Democrats saying, "No one is above the law."
"If, in fact, that adage is true, then Trump, Allen Weisselberg, David Pecker and others... should have all been indicted and incarcerated as I was," Cohen said.
According to the Daily Beast, most legal scholars agreed that the statute of limitations will run out on the five-year anniversary of the hush-money payment.
However, others said Trump could be accused of an ongoing conspiracy to violate elections laws, which would push back the deadline for prosecutors to file charges.
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Still others suggested that the clock should not have started until Trump left office, since the Department of Justice maintains that a sitting president can't be indicted.
Richard Signorelli, a former federal prosecutor in Manhattan, said authorities shouldn't take any chances on making an arrest.
"He should be held accountable as soon as possible. Enough time has passed. The time has come," Signorelli said.