The Federal Elections Commission (FEC) voted Thursday to end its probe of former President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign, stating it found no evidence of violations.
The investigation was ended after a 4 to 1 vote, according to Axios.
The particular investigation concerned allegations of money paid by former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen to Stormy Daniels, alleging the former president violated campaign-finance law.
The $130,000 payment occurred in October 2016, allegedly involving an incident from a decade prior.
According to The Washington Times, “The panel’s two Democratic members disagreed, saying in a separate statement that the probe should have been continued.”
“To conclude that a payment, made 13 days before Election Day to hush up a suddenly newsworthy 10-year-old story, was not campaign-related, without so much as conducting an investigation, defies reality,” wrote Ellen Weintraub and Shana Broussard, according to the Times.
The investigation largely ended due to Trump nor his campaign being involved in the alleged payment. Cohen has served prison time related to other charges.
Democrats may not be happy with the conclusion, but the investigation made its decision based on the available evidence. The charges made for great publicity against Trump in the past, but the facts reveal there was insufficient evidence for the charges.