The Federal Election Commission dropped its investigation into whether former President Donald Trump broke election law in relation to a $130,000 donation made by his former attorney Michael Cohen to Stormy Daniels before the 2016 presidential election on Thursday, according to a statement released by Trump.
“The phony lawsuit against me involving payments to women related to the 2016 Presidential Election has been fully withdrawn by the Federal Election Commission in Washington, D.C.,” the former president wrote on Friday.
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“It was a case based on lies by Michael Cohen, a convicted and dishonest lawyer, a lawyer who was so corrupt that he was sentenced to three years in prison for lying to Congress and several other people.
“I appreciate the Commission’s decision to put an end to this chapter of Fake News. We were all willing to see law and justice in our country at its lowest point thanks to two sleazebag attorneys, Michael Avenatti and Michael Cohen. ”
According to The New York Times, the 2-2 vote essentially ended the investigation.
In 2018, Cohen was found guilty of tax evasion, lying to Congress, and other charges related to the payments, which included payments to Daniels, an adult film star whose real name is Stephanie Clifford. According to Politico, he was sentenced to three years in jail but was released early last year.
“There is sufficient evidence in the record to support the conclusion that Trump and the Committee were aware of, and approved, the improper donations at issue here,” they said in a statement.
“In reality, under oath, Cohen testified that Trump not only knew about the payout, but also instructed Cohen to orchestrate the scheme.”
“To say, without so much as performing an inquiry, that a payout made 13 days before Election Day to bury a suddenly newsworthy 10-year-old story was not campaign-related defies reality,” they said.
“Putting that aside, Cohen testified under oath that the payment was made with the primary goal of influencing the election. This far exceeds the Commission’s’reason to believe’ requirement for approving an investigation.”
In their own argument, Republicans said that “further investigation of these matters was not the best use of agency resources.”