No matter what he eventually deletes from his Twitter account — which is most of the stuff he tweets about Donald Trump — I think we can all agree that regardless of his insufferable bride, George Conway is a national treasure.
Rarely do you find a lawyer with such an immediate and complete grasp of applicable laws for almost any given situation that arises, like Kellyanne’s husband has. Most of us lie awake trying to think of perfect comebacks for things, or imagining what we might say if we had a better handle on the circumstances — but George just knows exactly what applies, usually within minutes.
Take Donald Trump’s tweets from Thursday morning. They’re clearly crafted by his own legal team, in an attempt to exonerate him from wrongdoing after one of his newest lawyers, famed ex-New Yorker (they’ve disowned him) Rudy Giuliani, accidentally admitted live on television Wednesday night that Trump and his personal attorney had been lying to the public and the press about the “hush money” payoff to Stormy Daniels just before the 2016 election.
But Team Trump took a wrong turn somewhere, because, as George’s own tweet points out, that shit is STILL ILLEGAL.
— George Conway (@gtconway3d) May 3, 2018
The link in the tweet, as well as the screencap, serve to show the specific Federal Elections Commission violation that the Trump Campaign committed when he reimbursed Michael Cohen for the hush money payment:
“If any person, including a relative or friend of the candidate, gives or loans the candidate money ‘for the purpose of influencing any election for federal office,’ the funds are not considered personal funds of the candidate even if they are given to the candidate directly. Instead, the gift or loan is considered a contribution from the donor to the campaign, subject to the per-election limit and reportable by the campaign.”
Maybe Team Trump forgot about this, or at least forgot about the fact that the “per-election limit” this would fall under is well short of $130,000.
Either way, thanks once again, George! I’m reminded of the White House Correspondents’ Dinner and the joke that Michelle Wolf made about Kellyanne… Maybe George didn’t throw her under a bus. Maybe she’s stuck under a tree — FINALLY.
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