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Jamie Raskin talks about the Trump hush money trial.

Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD) explained that Trump’s trial in New York is part of his determination to predetermine elections.

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Raskin said on MSNBC’s Inside with Jen Psaki:

The best way to understand Trout happening in New York is that it is part of its determination to essentially predetermine the outcome of the election. Not by putting forward a program, knocking on doors and campaigning, but rather by manipulating public opinion. It was all about paying hush money to a former mistress to keep it out of the news and sweep everything under the rug.

But the problem was that they were messy about leaving the money trail, and he described it as legal fees when he reimbursed Michael Cohen for the money that went to Stormy Daniels. That made it an illegal campaign expenditure, and they cooked the books from a state law standpoint. Her testimony (Hope Hicks) reinforced that there was a mad scramble within the Trump campaign to address the Access Hollywood tape issue and that Donald Trump has bragged in several places about his sexual attacks on women, and they realize it so couldn’t afford another one of these outbursts.

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Trump paid the hush money as part of an effort to rig the 2016 election by hiding information from voters. However, the ex-president broke the law when he made the payment to Daniels to protect his presidential campaign and then tried to report it as legal fees.

The case is part of an ongoing pattern. Trump always tries to hide information from the American people. The ex-president has never released his medical records. He tried to hide his tax returns and financial information for years.

The hush money lawsuit matters because it is Trump’s origin story of election fraud.

It was the start of a pattern that continues to this day.

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