While some legal experts have insisted such concealment is clearly a criminal matter that must be charged, they were conspicuously silent when Hillary Clinton faced a campaign concealment allegation...thehill.com/opinion/judici…
...Last year, the FEC fined the Clinton campaign for funding the Steele dossier as a legal expense. The campaign had previously denied funding the dossier and buried the funding in the campaign’s legal budget. jonathanturley.org/2022/03/31/fec…
...Here Trump is accused of hiding what was really a campaign election donation at a legal cost. However, Bragg will need to show that he did not have other obvious motives such as avoiding a scandal as a celebrity.
...In the Clinton case, the issue was not the use of personal funds as a donation. However, the campaign insisted that funding this effort was a legal matter -- a view clearly rejected by the FEC.
...I did not view the dishonesty of the Clinton campaign to be a criminal matter. However, defining such payments as election rather than personal or legal matter has long been a point of contention, including in the failed prosecution of John Edwards. jonathanturley.org/2018/02/18/doe…

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