President Donald Trump said Saturday he “did not commit a campaign violation” in the run-up to the 2016 election, despite a filing last month from federal prosecutors implicating the president in his former attorney’s campaign finance crimes.
“Many people currently a part of my opposition, including President Obama & the Dems, have had campaign violations, in some cases for very large sums of money. These are civil cases. They paid a fine & settled,” Trump wrote online. “While no big deal, I did not commit a campaign violation!”
Longtime Trump lawyer Michael Cohen was sentenced in December to three years in prison for tax and fraud charges, for lying to Congress and for a pair of campaign finance violations stemming from hush money payments which prosecutors in the Southern District of New York allege Trump directed his ex-fixer to make to a former porn star and the National Enquirer tabloid magazine.
Trump has previously complained of what he views as insufficient media scrutiny over former President Barack Obama’s campaign finance error, tweeting in August: “Michael Cohen plead guilty to two counts of campaign finance violations that are not a crime. President Obama had a big campaign finance violation and it was easily settled!”
The Federal Election Commission in 2013 fined Obama’s 2008 campaign $375,000 after it failed to provide a series of 48-hour notices for nearly 1,300 contributions that totaled more than $1.8 million. Notices must be filed on contributions of $1,000 or more that are revived within 20 days of Election Day.
Obama’s campaign paid $230,000, with the Democratic National Committee paying the rest of the amount.