There are lot of issues swirling around the Trump Administration that are difficult to follow. It’s difficult, between the outside sources, denials by the White House and the spin by surrogates on both sides, to spate truth from fiction. The fun thing about watching the administration drama, is that they constantly contradict information. I guess they assume that we will be so into the woods, that when revelations that are different from statement months ago, we will dismiss it was old or settled news.
That’s the only explanation I can come up with the crazy story that was released today. It’s a head scratcher.
As you may remember, it was alleged that former adult film star Stormy Daniels was paid $130,000 in hush money by the Trump organization. There have been conflicting bits of facts in the story, such as if the campaign paid her money, did Trump know about it, was there an affair and other issues. There have been articles, corroborated by reporters, that Daniels did speak of an affair with Trump in 2006, soon after Melania Trump gave birth to his son Barron. Michael Cohen, one of Trump’s lawyers, had dismissed claims of a relationship and a payoff to Stormy Daniels as rumors.
For some unknown reason, a statement was recently put out by Cohen. After denying the allegations numerous times, he admitted that he paid off Daniels $130,000 with his own money. Now, the reason for the statement, especially the wording of the statement, seems to be in response to a legal filing by Common Cause, which they claimed the payment to Daniels was a campaign violation. That could possibly open the books, so to speak. The wording by Cohen makes it seem, with him paying the money out of his own pocket, that there’s no reason to look into the finances of the campaign because the funds didn’t come from the campaign and Cohen did get, nor was expecting to get reimbursed.
OK, possibly from a legal framework, this might make sense, but from where I sit, this is bogus. Let’s say we want to take on his word, as a fix-it guy (Cohen’s words) he paid the money to Daniels. Why would he pay her the money if there wasn’t any truth to the “rumor?” At the time the payment would have taken place, this was after the Entertainment Tonight tape came out, this was after a number of women had come forward and accused candidate Trump of sexual misconduct. If you were any sort of strategist, having Stormy Daniels come out to admit an affair would have competed with the other allegations and they could have ridden the storm.
It doesn’t make sense to pay off Stormy Daniels, and no other women, if the allegations were not true. Getting into who paid the money and if the funds came from the campaign are important in the long run, but now that Cohen as stated he paid Stormy Daniels, at the very least he assumes Trump is capable covering up the affair. At worst it confirms the affair.
The statement he added was curious. “Just because something isn’t true doesn’t mean that it can’t cause you harm or damage. I will always protect Mr. Trump.” Mr. Cohen, you damaged Trump more that Stormy Daniels could have ever done. By your actions, confirming that a payment was made to silence Stormy Daniels, doesn’t necessarily mean the Trump team are not above payoffs and cover-ups for their actions, but it does seem a credible theory.
With the other issues surrounding the administration, it has becomes less plausible to deny the accusations of rampant corruption with the formal absolute denial turning out to be true, and admitted by someone who previously denied the rumors.