Donald Trump Just Admitted to a Federal Crime in ‘Fox & Friends’ Interview, Obama Ethics Chief Says
Donald Trump may have just admitted to committing a crime in an interview on Fox & Friends, Barack Obama’s former ethics chief said. The president appeared on the show after his former personal lawyer Michael Cohen pleaded guilty to eight charges, including campaign finance violations. Cohen claimed in court that he arranged payments to two women who alleged they had affairs with Trump at the direction of the now president. While the full interview will not air until Thursday, a short clip released from Fox News showed Trump telling co-host Ainsley Earhardt that he knew about the payments.
“Later on I knew, later on, but you have to understand, Ainsley, what he did, and they weren’t taken out of campaign finance—that’s a much bigger thing, did they come out of the campaign? They didn’t come out of the campaign,” Trump said during the interview.
Walter Shaub, the previous director of the United States Office of Government Ethics, also noted that Trump's interview proved that the president knowingly omitted his debt to Cohen in his 2017 financial disclosure report. "In any past administration, this would be a huge story. Everything is relative now," Shaub wrote on Twitter.
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