Trump's inaugural puts him in legal peril

The American Prospect

President Donald Trump faces danger on multiple fronts as federal subpoenas and convictions pile up, and House Democrats dive in to scrutinize everything from his Russia dealings to his business practices, bank records, and tax returns.

But Trump’s biggest legal peril may come from offenses that, while unsexy and often overlooked, make the simplest, strongest case against him: campaign-finance violations. It was illegal campaign spending in the form of secret hush money that will soon send Trump’s ex-lawyer Michael Cohen to jail. The Trump campaign’s alleged violations range from soliciting foreign money and assistance, breaking disclosure rules, and illegally coordinating with not one but two super PACs that backed him.


As early as 2017, the Campaign Legal Center and Democracy 21, two watchdog groups, complained to the Federal Election Commission that the inaugural committee’s public disclosures were riddled with inaccuracies and misrepresentations.

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