Trump Lawyer Joe Tacopina Previously Suggested Hush-Money Payments Made To Stormy Daniels May Have Been Illegal

Trump Lawyer Joe Tacopina Previously Suggested Hush-Money Payments Made To Stormy Daniels May Have Been Illegal

Topline Former President Donald Trump’s lawyer Joe Tacopina suggested in a 2018 interview that hush-money payments made to adult film star Stormy Daniels may have been illegal—statements that appear to complicate his defense of Trump as the former president could be indicted over the scheme as soon as Wednesday. Joe Tacopina (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/Getty Images) Getty Images Key Facts In the 2018 CNN clip, which resurfaced on Tuesday, Tacopina tells anchor Don Lemon that “if in fact” the payments were made in connection to Trump’s 2016 campaign “it’s an illegal agreement. It’s a fraud.” Tacopina was speaking about federal prosecutors’ 2018 case against former Trump lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen, in which Cohen pleaded guilty to five charges, including campaign finance violations, for paying adult film star Stormy Daniels $130,000 in exchange for her silence about her alleged 2006 affair with Trump.…