Thanks to statements made by the newest member of President Donald Trump’s legal team, former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, this week—including a new clarification issued Friday a government watchdog says the evidence is now stronger that Trump violated campaign finance and ethics laws.
“It’s not often that the president’s lawyer goes on television and appears to confirm one of our complaints,” Noah Bookbinder, executive director of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) said in a statement on Thursday.
Following the former mayor’s comments, CREW supplemented their complaint to the Justice Department regarding possible criminal and ethics violations related to the Trump campaign’s alleged payment to adult film star Stormy Daniels and his failure to disclose the payment on campaign finance forms.
“There is now more than enough evidence for the DOJ to investigate whether President Trump intentionally omitted the Stormy Daniels liability from his personal financial disclosures,” Eisen said. “This is a very serious matter, including because there can be criminal penalties for false statements.”
Giuliani told Fox News host Sean Hannity in an interview this week that Trump had repaid the $130,000 that his lawyer, Michael Cohen, had “funneled…through a law firm” to Daniels just before the 2016 election.
The statement appeared to contradict Trump’s earlier claims that he knew nothing about the payment, which was allegedly made to keep Daniels quiet about a sexual affair she says she and the president had.
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