- Joe Tacopino is Trump’s attorney in the Manhattan Attorney’s Office investigation into hush money payments to Stormy Daniels.
- He previously said on CNN that the swap would pose a “real problem” for Trump.
- In another CNN segment, Tacopino said the payout was “fair game” for scrutiny.
In a Manhattan District Attorney’s investigation into hush-money payments to Stormy Daniels, attorneys representing Donald Trump said years before the impending indictment materialized, the exchange presented the then-president with a “real problem.” I predicted that it could lead to
Attorney Joe Tacopino made multiple appearances on CNN as a commentator in 2018 to discuss payments. says.
One of the ways Manhattan prosecutors could indict the former president for felonies was violating federal election law by silencing Daniels with money to benefit Trump’s 2016 campaign. is to check whether
“If that leads to funding for the Trump campaign, that’s a big deal,” Tacopino said on March 18, 2018. “
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Taco Pino did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
In another CNN segment in 2018, Tacopino said payments to Daniels would be subject to scrutiny if they were “made on behalf of the candidate and not declared.”
“Unfortunately, if that’s the case, it’s fair game,” he said.
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According to a CNN reportTaco Pino also said the payment “could be considered an election-time in-kind donation.”
“This is a real problem,” Tacopino said, according to the report.
Taco Pino’s 2018 comments are a far cry from his recent statements, as the possibility of indictment hangs over Trump’s head.
“We are distorting the law to catch President Trump…I don’t know what it is, but this prosecutor and this prosecutor’s office have created an agenda,” Tacopino said. “ABC’s Good Morning America” earlier this month.