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Trump Denies Hush Money Violated Election Campaign Rules

US President Donald Trump has insisted that payments to two women who say he had affairs with them did not break election campaign rules.
It comes after his ex-lawyer, Michael Cohen, pleaded guilty to violating laws during the 2016 presidential election over his handling of the hush money.

Trump also accused Cohen of making up stories to receive a lighter sentence.

Cohen, who was trump's personal lawyer for more than a decade, admitted passing on funds to two women thought to be porn star stormy Daniels and former playboy model Karen Mcdougal.

The hush money payments were not reported to the federal election commission during the campaign.

The question is whether the payments were made to protect trump's personal reputation or to protect his image as a presidential candidate.

Under us election rules, any payments made with the aim of influencing a vote must be reported.

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