Statement of Common Cause V.P. of Policy & Litigation Paul S. Ryan
New revelations in The Wall Street Journal continue to reveal evidence that supports allegations we made in January and March Department of Justice and Federal Election Commission complaints of violations of campaign finance laws and criminal code provisions related to hush money payments to Stormy Daniels. The Wall Street Journal reports today that in February of this year President Trump personally directed his lawyer, Michael Cohen, to initiate an arbitration proceeding and seek a restraining order against Stormy Daniels pursuant to a nondisclosure agreement negotiated with Daniels in October 2016. President Trump’s familiarity with the arbitration clause in the contract is strong evidence that Trump was familiar with the details of the October 2016 contract, notwithstanding his constantly-changing story and claims that he didn’t know about contract with Daniels before the 2016 election.
Common Cause’s DOJ and FEC complaints name President Trump, the Trump Organization, the Trump campaign, Michael Cohen, and others. Cohen has already pleaded guilty to federal crimes and implicated others in campaign finance violations, but when will others be held accountable? The evidence continues to mount, much of it revealed through outstanding investigative reporting. The official line from the President, his administration, and the Trump organization continues to evolve as the facts are unearthed.
The violations we allege in our complaints are serious. These laws are in place to protect the integrity of our elections and they must be enforced. No American is above the law, not even the President.
To read the original complaint, click here.
To read the amended complaint, click here.