Kellyanne Conway's Husband Cites FEC Law Accusing Trump of Violations in Stormy Daniels Payment

The husband of a top White House counselor to President Donald Trump tweeted Thursday a Federal Election Commission law pertaining to gifts and loans to candidates. The tweet came following the revelation that Trump had repaid his personal lawyer the money given to an adult film actress for her silence about a brief affair.

George Conway, spouse to staunch Trump defender Kellyanne Conway, cited a law that explained any personal gift or loan given to a candidate "'for the purpose of influencing any election for federal office,'…are not considered personals funds of the candidate even if they are given to the candidate directly."

He also retweeted a message from a reporter who believed the payment to Stormy Daniels was related to the president's former campaign.

Giuliani on Fox re Stormy Daniels, still makes it sound campaign-related: “Imagine if that came out on Oct 15, 2016 in the middle of the, you know, last debate with Hillary Clinton...Cohen didn’t even ask. Cohen made it go away. He did his job.”

— Emily Stephenson (@ewstephe) May 3, 2018

Despite his wife's work for Trump's campaign and now in the administration, George Conway has often been a very vocal critic of the president, especially on Twitter.

But Conway did pull back some in March and deleted several tweets that were critical of Trump. The messages were quips or statements about the president's potential legal troubles and how the administration was struggling to find a new communications director, according to CNN.

Nevertheless, Conway's latest message likely related to the appearance of Trump's new personal attorney Rudy Giuliani on Fox News on Wednesday night. The former New York City mayor told host Sean Hannity that Trump had reimbursed attorney Michael Cohen back the $130,000 paid to porn star Stormy Daniels, real name Stephanie Clifford, less than two weeks before the 2016 election.

Giuliani stated Trump did not know what the money was for and that it was viewed as an expense that Cohen did inform Trump about.

Cohen, however, previously admitted to making the payment in October 2016, but reportedly complained to associates months later that he had not been paid back yet, according to The Wall Street Journal. Cohen's complaints ended in mid-2017, the Journal said.

Giuliani did also state Trump had repaid Cohen in installments over a period of time last year and possibly this year.

Trump took to Twitter to make his case, claiming no campaign funds were used to pay Daniels and that Cohen was on a "monthly retainer" that had "nothing to do with the campaign."

Mr. Cohen, an attorney, received a monthly retainer, not from the campaign and having nothing to do with the campaign, from which he entered into, through reimbursement, a private contract between two parties, known as a non-disclosure agreement, or NDA. These agreements are.....

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 3, 2018