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Donald Trump Campaign Accused of ‘Hiding Settlement Payments to Women’




Donald Trump Campaign Accused of 'Hiding Settlement Payments to Women'

Donald Trump’s campaign has been accused of deliberately covering up settlement payments to women in violation of federal law. has learned.

On Friday, The everyday beast According to reports, watchdog group Citizens for Responsible and Ethics in Washington (CREW) has filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission, demanding an investigation into new allegations arising from an ongoing gender discrimination lawsuit filed by former Trump campaign official AJ Delgado.

Delgado, who served as a senior adviser to Trump’s 2016 campaign, has claimed she was unfairly and unlawfully sidelined after revealing she was pregnant.

She claimed as much during brief settlement negotiations in 2017, a top lawyer for Trump Marc Kasowitz openly admitted that he wanted to cover up a potential payout, a violation of federal disclosure laws that require campaigns to publicly report the identities of payment recipients.

Delgado recalled that Kasowitz told her that “Trump and the Campaign should keep this confidential” because Trump “is known for not settling.” When her lawyers “expressed that this would not be possible because Campaign payouts are public,” she said Kasowitz “easily dismissed the concerns” and told her that disclosure was “not a problem at all” and that “what we would What I do is have the campaign pay me and then I’ll give you a check.’

“In other words, the payment would go through an intermediary to conceal the fact that the Campaign had been settled from the public and the FEC,” Delgado said. “So I have direct, personal experience with the defendant campaign that conceals settlement payments to women and sends them through an ‘intermediate law firm,’ which would appear to the public only as payments ‘for legal services.’

Delgado further claimed to have “information and reason to believe” that Kasowitz had funneled Trump campaign funds in illegally hidden settlements to multiple other women “who have raised complaints of gender discrimination, pregnancy discrimination and sexual harassment.”

Kasowitz’s law firm reportedly received approximately $4.5 million from the Trump campaign over a two-month period after the November 2021 election, and millions more in mysterious legal reimbursements were made to financial compliance firm Red Curve Solutions of the campaign.

“The allegations in AJ Delgado’s statement paint a deeply disturbing picture of potentially illegal activities conducted by Donald Trump’s campaign,” said CREW Chairman Noah Bookbinder told The everyday beast in a statement. “The FEC must conduct an investigation to determine the validity of these claims and determine the extent of misconduct.”

Bookbinder added that the public has a right to know how political money is spent and that “schemes to hide that information undermine Americans’ confidence in our political system. Donald Trump’s admission that he uses pass-through payments to conceal their purpose and protect his political prospects makes it even more important that the FEC investigate. No candidate or campaign is above the law, not even Trump.”

A spokesperson for Kasowitz Benson Torres responded: “Ms. Delgado’s allegations that there were FEC violations or that the company acted as an ‘intermediary’ to ‘conceal[e] settlement payments to Campaign women are pure fantasy and false.”

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The complaint filed by CREW on Friday notes the similarities between Delgado’s allegations and the 2016 hush money payments currently being litigated in Trump’s criminal trial in Manhattan.

“The use of pass-throughs to conceal the true purpose of payments is not unknown to Mr. Trump and his companies,” the complaint said. “Mr. Trump, for example, has repaid Michael Cohenhis former lawyer, for payments made to “capture and kill” a story about Mr. Trump’s alleged extramarital affairs.

“Regardless of what Mr. Trump may have experienced in the business world, federal law does not permit a political committee to report charges routed through an attorney or other intermediary as payment to the intermediary for ‘legal fees’ or otherwise. Instead, federal law requires political committees to provide detailed and truthful information about who they pay and why they pay them, even if doing so would reveal facts that would embarrass the campaign, such as the settlement of legal claims.