Former independent counsel Ken Starr said recent legal developments may have been embarrassing for President Trump, but he doesn't believe the president is at risk of indictment or impeachment.

Some Democrats in recent days have upped their rhetoric against Trump, following the release of a sentencing memo for his former attorney Michael Cohen.

The memo says that Cohen made hush-money payments to women who allegedly had affairs with Trump, and those payments were made “in coordination with and at the direction of” Trump.

Democrats have said if Trump is guilty of the same campaign finance violations that Cohen pleaded guilty to, then he could face serious trouble, including indictment or impeachment.



On "America's Newsroom" Tuesday, Ken Starr said that's "a bit of overstatement," pointing out that campaign finances violations are notoriously difficult to prove.


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He explained that prosecutors must be able to prove criminal wrongdoing, while the more likely explanation is that the women were paid off to prevent embarrassment.

He noted that former Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards was unsuccessfully prosecuted over a similar scandal in 2008.

"We're nowhere near an indictable offense from what we know, assuming that the president could be indicted," Starr said. "And I don't think we're anywhere near an impeachable offense, given what we now know."

As for the parallel investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia before the 2016 election, Starr said there's been no evidence publicly revealed, and he believes this aspect of the probe could be winding down.

Watch more from Starr above.


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