Stormy Daniels’ lawyer Michael Avenatti just accused President Trump of the same federal crime that imprisoned former Republican Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert, who was convicted of illegally structuring hush money to the boys he molested as an Illinois wrestling coach.
President Trump’s new lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, just dropped a bombshell admission on live cable news during an interview with Sean Hannity, saying that Donald Trump reimbursed a $130,000 hush money payment from his lawyer Michael Cohen to porn star Stormy Daniels.
Daniels’ lawyer Michael Avenatti called into MSNBC’s The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell and after a “speechless” moment on air, they dissected Rudy Giuliani’s mistaken interpretation of the campaign finance law applicable to the Stormy Daniels case.
Avenatti instantly recognized Giuliani’s statements as a potential violation of the Patriot Act, saying:
“The plot thickens, right?”
“I certainly hope that what Rudy Giuliani is not suggesting is, is that in fact, the reimbursement took place over several months, in an effort to avoid triggering a $10,000 monetary requirement relating to payments; namely if they structured reimbursement payments.”
“Again, I don’t have any basis that they did. But that statement causes me grave concern. If they structured reimbursements in amounts less of than $10,000 in an effort to potentially avoid detection; that’s a serious, serious problem.”
“That’s called structuring. It’s a violation of federal law. It’s a criminal act…”
“It doesn’t make any sense why this reimbursement took place over several months, it doesn’t make any sense unless they were trying to avoid detection.”
Structuring is a serious crime that Congress made illegal after the 9/11 attacks when they strengthened the Banking Secrecy Act to catch the money launderers funding terrorism who used small deposits to evade detection.
The penalty for a violation of greater than $100,000 in illegally structured transactions over a 12-month period is up to 10 years in prison and a $500,000 fine.
Rudy Giuliani told his Fox News interviewer that Trump’s hush money payments were in fact reimbursed by the President “over the period of several months” and “funneled through a law firm.”
Depending on how the factual circumstances of Trump’s payments conform to Rudy Giuliani’s statements on Fox News tonight, the former New York Mayor’s admissions could result in the President facing unprecedented felony criminal charges very soon.
Watch Rudy Giuliani admitting to Sean Hannity that hush money payments were structured, which may violate the Patriot Act:
Giuliani says Cohen's hush payment to Daniels was "a very regular thing for lawyers to do."
"That was money that was paid by his lawyer, the president reimbursed that over the period of several months."
Says he has no reason to doubt Cohen used his personal funds. pic.twitter.com/Qm9Hfl2QfJ
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) May 3, 2018