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Stormy Daniels scandal and its possible effects on the President

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Maria Maroko

In 2006, prior to Donald Trump’s presidential bid, Trump had sexual relations with adult film actress Stormy Daniels. While scandalous, the relationship was consensual. But it occurred during Trump’s marriage to his wife Melania, which prompted the label of infidelity toward Trump and made it a morally wrong deed.

Considering the deleterious effect a scandal would have on Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign, Trump bribed Daniels with $130,000 to keep quiet, according to BBC News. Still, some ask why we should care at all about this sex scandal, and question its relevance to Trump’s political standing.

In addition to the issue of infidelity, the political issue of whether Trump used campaign funds to pay off Daniels remains. Doing so would be a violation of federal law that could result in impeachment.

Michael Cohen, Trump’s personal lawyer and a former Trump Organization executive, alleged that he paid Daniels out of pocket, and that neither Trump nor his committee knew about the agreement. But, some doubt the truthfulness of Cohen’s words after he originally denied any exchange of money.

The misuse of campaign funds is not the only factor in the Stormy Daniels controversy. In an interview with 60 Minutes, Daniels said that in 2011, a man in a parking lot threatened to kill her if she did not remain silent about the deal. If Trump or his staff knew or helped the man that threatened her, it would be yet another illegal activity that could warrant Trump’s impeachment.

Trump’s actions to prevent the dissemination of the scandal are illegal and could provide grounds for the legislative branch of the US government to impeach him. The affair itself remarks more on Trump’s character as a person rather than a leader, but his actions indicate something about his worthiness to be president.

The Stormy Daniels scandal is one that should be closely followed, as it could lead to President Donald Trump’s impeachment.

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