GOP Sen.: Trump Paid Hush Money Because ‘He Loves His Family’

March 6, 2019 11:10 a.m.

Sen. Mike Rounds (R-SD) said Wednesday that President Donald Trump paid Stormy Daniels hush money because “this President loves his family.”

In an interview with Rounds Wednesday morning, CNN’s John Berman pointed to the checks Trump wrote to his former fixer Michael Cohen during Trump’s presidency, as reimbursement for Cohen’s payments to Daniels, and asked: “Are you okay with all of this?”

“I think most of us have a concern anytime you have a President who is trying to work through some very personal matters,” Rounds responded. “I honestly think this President loves his family, and think it has as much to do with trying not to have public discussions about something that is, for him, a private matter that he didn’t want to have discussed with his family.”

“Every time I think about this I think about that particular issue, because I think he really does care about his family, I think he loves his family and I don’t think he wanted his family to go through this,” he added.

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Asked about the potential that Trump violated campaign finance laws with the payments, Rounds said “I’m not going to try to litigate that today.”

H/t The Daily Beast.

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