Former FEC chairman: Bragg campaign finance claims against Trump are ‘laughable’

A former Federal Election Commission chairman testified to Congress on Tuesday that the Manhattan district attorney’s hush money charges against former President Donald Trump were “simply laughable.”

Bradley Smith, who was originally set to appear as a defense witness in Trump’s New York trial, identified for lawmakers what he viewed as legal errors in District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s case.

In a lengthy written opening statement, Smith mapped out in detail how Bragg’s claim that Trump violated campaign finance laws to pay off porn star Stormy Daniels could not have amounted to, as Bragg alleged, a conspiracy to throw the 2016 election.

Bragg, an elected Democrat, secured a felony conviction against Trump for falsifying records of the Daniels payment. Trump’s former attorney Michael Cohen issued the payment from his own personal bank account days ahead of the election, and
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