X

Thank you for sharing!

Your article was successfully shared with the contacts you provided.
Michael Cohen Michael Cohen. Photo: Seth Wenig/AP

After Michael Cohen pled guilty to eight federal offenses—two of which were campaign finance violations—commentators began to speculate about President Donald Trump’s exposure to criminal and civil liability for those same offenses. While the reaction to the plea has been varied, a general theme is that Cohen’s plea almost assuredly demonstrates Trump’s guilt. We think there are several unresolved factual and legal issues which, until they are settled, preclude any firm conclusion of liability. Here, our focus is not on the payment to Karen McDougal. That payment involves a possible violation of 52 U.S.C. §30118(a), which makes it “unlawful for … any corporation … to make a contribution or expenditure” in connection with a Presidential campaign. If, as alleged, the payment was made by a media company in coordination with the Trump campaign, the payment constituted an unlawful in-kind contribution by a corporation.

This content has been archived. It is available exclusively through our partner LexisNexis®.

To view this content, please continue to Lexis Advance®.

Not a Lexis Advance® Subscriber? Subscribe Now

Why am I seeing this?

LexisNexis® is now the exclusive third party online distributor of the broad collection of current and archived versions of ALM's legal news publications. LexisNexis® customers will be able to access and use ALM's content by subscribing to the LexisNexis® services via Lexis Advance®. This includes content from the National Law Journal®, The American Lawyer®, Law Technology News®, The New York Law Journal® and Corporate Counsel®, as well as ALM's other newspapers, directories, legal treatises, published and unpublished court opinions, and other sources of legal information.

ALM's content plays a significant role in your work and research, and now through this alliance LexisNexis® will bring you access to an even more comprehensive collection of legal content.

For questions call 1-877-256-2472 or contact us at customercare@alm.com

 
 

ALM Legal Publication Newsletters

Sign Up Today and Never Miss Another Story.

As part of your digital membership, you can sign up for an unlimited number of a wide range of complimentary newsletters. Visit your My Account page to make your selections. Get the timely legal news and critical analysis you cannot afford to miss. Tailored just for you. In your inbox. Every day.

Copyright © 2020 ALM Media Properties, LLC. All Rights Reserved.