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2018-02-14 14:02 by Karl Denninger
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Damn You're Gullible
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Oh please...

The latest twist in the tangled tale of what happened between President Trump and an adult film star more than a decade ago has taken a new turn Tuesday, with Trump’s longtime personal lawyer claiming that he paid the porn star $130,000 out of his own pocket.

This "disclosure" came out of a reply to the FEC that received a complaint from a watchdog group that believed the payment amounted to an illegal campaign contribution (and which would if it flowed through same.)

I ain't buying that what Trump's lawyer is selling, although lying to the FEC would be a felony.  But the idea that even a longtime attorney would pay such an amount out of his or her own pocket just because stretches credibility well beyond the breaking point.

We're not talking about a few shekels here folks; $130 large is quite a lot of money for anyone, including a high-priced lawyer.  As for Cohen's refusal to answer any sort of follow-up questions (such as, for example, whether Trump knew about it) that doesn't surprise me either.

I remind you that the FEC has no authority to go further than investigating whether or not campaign finance laws were broken nor should they.  I also remind you that there is no obligation of anyone to disclose how they spend their money generally, although certainly funds flowing in that amount wind up with tax implications somewhere (whether they're earnings, "gifts", or whatever.)

Do I believe that Mr. Lawyer Dude paid her out of his own pocket?  Yeah, that's probably true, particularly considering that lying to the FEC is a crime and there's a decent chance of getting caught if you lie as well.

But do I believe there was no quid-pro-quo somewhere that was worth more than $130 large to Mr. Lawyer Dude?

Oh hell no.

AP is now reporting that the lady in question now believes her gag agreement is now void since said lawyer has now publicly disclosed the payment.   This could get quite amusing in short order.....

And as for the "gag order" that was allegedly part of the payment I also do not believe that was the first time Stormy Daniels had gagged.

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