CNN pro-Trump contributor: Trump can't be expected to know campaign finance laws because he is a “celebrity”  

Guest co-host Erica Hill: “When you're running for President of the United States... you need to know or surround yourself with people who do know that law.”  

From the December 13 edition of CNN's New Day:

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MARC SHORT (CNN POLITICAL CONTRIBUTOR): I think there’s two separate things: One is to say, “I did not direct my counsel to break the law.” They're the ones that should know the law and I think there is a great debate as to whether or not a payment of this sort is actually a violation of campaign finance or not. I think it is pretty realistic to say that somebody who is a celebrity who gets sued for these things would not know whether that's a campaign violation or not. And again, I think that's open for a lot of debate. The more concerning --

ERICA HILL (GUEST CO-HOST): At that point he was no longer a celebrity.

SHORT: Well -- 

HILL: When you're running for president of the United States, these are things that you need to know or surround yourself with people who do know that law. 

SHORT: Well, that's a fair point, that clearly Michael Cohen does not know the law. And I think that's a concern as to then he shouldn't be in that position. But I think, more fundamentally, a question, you know, is veracity. If the president says that he didn't know about it and there’s tape that said he did, I think that's something that the administration needs to address. But specific to the president's tweet this morning saying that “I never directed him to break the law,” I agree with that. I believe that. That's not something that his lawyer should know what the ramifications are or not and advise that back. 


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