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By Allan Smith
A Republican Senator said that President Donald Trump made silent payings to women during the 201
Sen. Maine's Susan Collins told CNN's State of the Union that it's a bad week for the president. Trump's former longtime lawyer Michael Cohen was sentenced to three years in prison after pleading guilty to nine crimes earlier this year. Two of these charges were campaign finance violations, which stemmed from a pair of payments to women, which Cohen ordered, according to Trump, shortly before the 2016 election, to silence payments – telling prosecutors that the payments favored Trump's candidacy were.
Collins said to CNN's Jake Tapper, "There are many unanswered ethical, legal and factual issues" that concern the allegations. "But obviously, this was not a good week for either President Trump or his election campaign organization."
"These allegations concern," said the Maine Republican. "But we have to wait until we have the whole picture."
Collins also said it was "critical" for Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller, who considers Russia's interference in the 2016 election and possible collusion by Trump staff to finish his investigation unhindered.
Tapper also raised the Wall Street Journal's Thursday report that prosecutors are checking to see if Trump's founding committee has unlawfully spent money, and notes that now Trump's administration, campaign, transition team and founding committee and the Trump Organization and the Trump Foundation are being investigated.
He asked Collins if Trump had "respect for the rule of law" given all this investigation.
"I think that reflects the fact that President Trump said there was a campaign organization together Very little experience and totally inadequate scrutiny, "Collins said," and I think that's what happens when you do this. "