The things Michael Cohen did while acting as Donald Trump’s lawyer were not illegal, holds Hans von Spakovsky of The Daily Signal. While his conviction led to him pleading guilty, it doesn’t mean he committed a federal crime. What his payments to two women that Trump had affairs with comes down to is a personal matter. They do not violate campaign finance laws, as they would have been made irrespective of the election. The notion that Trump made these payments to influence the outcome of the election cannot be proven. Such payments are often made by celebrities and should not be considered unusual, not to mention criminal.
Michael Cohen’s trial made clear that he broke campaign finance laws when paying two women that Donald Trump had affairs with to stay silent, infers the editorial board of The New York Times. These transactions were made in order to prevent Trump’s affairs from becoming known to the public, which would have affected the 2016 election. While the president argues these were just private payments, the prosecutors are convinced that this wasn’t the case. Additionally, Cohen at least attempted to create financial channels between Trump and the Russian government through housing property. This story is damning for both Trump and his former lawyer.