Former President Donald Trump applauded the decision by the Federal Elections Commission to drop an investigation into hush-money payments.
The FEC announced Thursday that the committee voted to drop a case regarding a $130,000 payment by ex-attorney Michael Cohen to adult star Stormy Daniels. The payment was being investigated as a possible hush payment relating to an alleged affair between the adult film star and Trump, Fox News reported.
Cohen previously apologized to Daniels for silencing her, claiming that the $130,000 payment was a hush-money transaction, and led Cohen to plead guilty for campaign contribution violations.
“The Federal Election Commission in Washington, D.C., has totally dropped the phony case against me concerning payments to women relative to the 2016 Presidential Election.” Trump said in a statement on his website.
Trump also called Cohen a “corrupt and convicted lawyer” and said that he was “so corrupt” that it landed him a three-year jail sentence for lying to Congress and other events that have”nothing to do with [him],” before thanking the commission for “ending this chapter of fake news.”
“Between two sleazebag lawyers, Michael Avenatti and Michael Cohen, we were all able to witness law and justice in our Country at its lowest!” Trump said in his statement.
Cohen slammed the decision by the FEC in a statement to Fox news, saying that the facts were “well known to all” and that Trump directed the payment for his benefit.
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