President Trump might have reimbursed his lawyer for a hush-money payment to a porn star and then possibly lied about it, but at least he's off the hook for campaign finance violations, according to Rudy Giuliani's startling admission on Sean Hannity's show Wednesday night. Analysts say he might be wrong about that last part. Lawrence Noble at the Campaign Legal Center tells the Washington Post that the timing of Michael Cohen's $130,000 payment to Stormy Daniels shortly before the 2016 election strongly points to it being campaign-related, making it an unreported "excessive contribution" to the campaign, whether or not it was repaid from Trump's personal funds. He adds that the funneling of the money through legal fees shows "intent to hide the source, which could make it knowing and willful, which is criminal." In other coverage:
- What was Giuliani thinking? Sol Wisenberg, who served as deputy independent counsel during the Kenneth Starr investigation of Bill Clinton, says he is perplexed by the strategy of Giuliani, who recently joined Trump's legal team. It "obviously increases the president's exposure to potential campaign finance violations, but it also makes him look terrible," he tells the AP, adding: "Maybe it's been too long since he's been in the criminal justice field."