A public policy analyst predicts that allegations from President Donald Trump's former attorney could be problematic as he runs for re-election.
Michael Cohen may be headed to prison for three years but it appears he is making every effort to hurt Trump until they haul him away.
He testified in federal court that he had paid off two women to silence them before the 2016 election at Trump's "direction" in alleged violation of campaign finance laws.
"No doubt about it that Cohen's testimony is damaging to the president," says Abe Hamilton, general counsel and public policy analyst for the American Family Association. "I think the question is how damaging is it going to be."
Trump has denied any knowledge of payments to two women, Hamilton notes, but is now calling it a "legal transaction," which the attorney says does not appear to be a criminal act.
The ultimate goal, says the AFA attorney, is that this is all about politics: to use a potential indictment to convince Trump's supporters to abandon him.
"Which I also think could be a fundamental miscalculation," says Hamilton, "because most of President Trump's supporters are not endorsers of his personal life but they happen to believe in the political agenda that he is advancing for the American people."
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