“Despite Trump’s claims, campaign finance violations can be very serious”

Fredreka Schouten for CNN:

President Donald Trump and his Republican allies in Congress this week have repeatedly sought to dismiss as trivial allegations that Trump directed hush money payments to women in potential violation of the nation’s campaign-finance laws.

“If you hire an attorney to solve a problem, do you expect the attorney do it legally?” House GOP leader Kevin McCarthy asked Thursday, echoing Trump’s contention that the President’s former lawyer Michael Cohen bore full responsibility for any crimes. Earlier this week, McCarthy warned that there are “a lot of members who would have to leave” Congress if campaign-finance violations amounted to impeachable offenses.
But election-law experts say those arguments are getting harder to make, as the crimes outlined by federal prosecutors this week pose fresh legal risks for Trump and his campaign.

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