E-mails. That’s all we heard about from Republicans and the right wing media for years when those e-mails belonged to then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. To whom she sent those e-mails, what they contained, and from which account they were sent were all matters of national security and potentially grounds to “lock her up.”
Now that an e-mail scandal threatens to blow-up the Trump administration, however, it will be interesting to see how this plays out among conservatives. NBC News broke a story Friday that Michael Cohen, Trump’s longtime personal lawyer, used an email account from the Trump Organization to arrange his hush money payments with the president’s former porn star mistress before the 2016 election.
Andrea Mitchell reported the breaking news live on the air:
ANDREA MITCHELL: We have new developments now in that growing scandal surrounding president trump and his legal battle with porn star Stormy Daniels. NBC News has learned the president’s personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, used his Trump organization e-mail while arranging to transfer money into an account in a New York City bank before he wired $130,000 in hush money to Daniels. NBC chief legal correspondent Ari Melber joins me now. Ari, what is the legal implication of this?
ARI MELBER: The legal implication, and this is a very interesting report here from our colleagues at NBC News, is that this documentation further goes towards the argument, the belief, that Donald Trump’s lawyer was acting in his official capacity working for Donald Trump and the Trump organization. This is the e-mail you see on the screen obtained by NBC News, and if you buy that argument, that’s bad news for Michael Cohen and Donald Trump, who both have been effectively putting out the argument that this was some sort of rogue operation that didn’t involve Donald Trump.
You can watch the entire segment below: