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FEATURING PAUL SEAMUS RYAN – Newly unsealed court documents made public last week showed that President Trump was closely involved in the 2016 hush-money payments made to Stormy Daniels, the woman he allegedly had an affair with. Daniels, an adult film actress,  whose birth name is Stephanie Clifford had apparently threatened to go public with the story of their affair ahead of the 2016 elections. The documents were made public because it seems that no new charges would be filed on what many view as election fraud.

According to the documents the FBI both Trump and his close aide Hope Hicks were involved in discussions about the payments even though both claimed they had no knowledge about it at the time. Trump’s former personal attorney Michael Cohen made public, checks that Trump wrote to him as reimbursements for the payments during his Congressional testimony earlier this year.

The Justice Department’s decision to not file charges comes at the same time as Attorney General William Barr was held in criminal contempt by the House for ignoring subpoenas related to the Census controversy and days ahead of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Congressional testimony.

Paul Seamus Ryan, Vice President of Policy & Litigation at Common Cause.

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