Trump Uses “Melania Defense” In Stormy Daniels Case

Vice News reports:

Former President Donald Trump is dragging his wife Melania into his legal drama. That’s because his legal team is publicly arguing that a $130,000 hush-money payment to adult film star Stormy Daniels to buy her silence about their alleged affair days before the 2016 election had nothing to do with the election itself.

Instead, the payoff was really about saving Trump from embarrassment—and protecting his marriage. Legal commentators have long seen this line of defense as one of Trump’s stronger potential legal arguments.

Trump’s attorney appears to be threading the needle, however, by maintaining the sex never happened, but that Trump was still so concerned about a false allegation that he felt obliged to shell out serious dough to squelch the story.

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