The case of the president, the payment and the porn star has raised questions that merit a federal criminal inquiry, some experts believe.
“There is enough here that warrants investigation,” said Richard Hasen, an election law expert and blogger and professor of law and political science at UC Irvine.
The issue is whether there is evidence in emails, or from witnesses, that the $130,000 payment to Daniels just before the 2016 election was made to silence Stormy Daniels because her story could hurt Trump’s presidential candidacy.
If Trump lawyer Michael Cohen paid his own money “and he intended it to help the campaign then it’s an excessive contribution and it’s illegal,” Hasen said. Same goes for President Trump’s company, the Trump Organization.
Actually if it is from the corporation or facilitated using corporate resources for campaign purposes, it is forbidden in any amount. The key question is about intent.