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US President Donald Trump has defended hush money payments to his former lovers a day after Democrats in Congress said he could face impeachment and jail time if the transactions are proven to violate election campaign finance laws.

In a tweet on Monday, Trump said Democrats were wrongly targeting “a simple private transaction” after court filings last week drew renewed attention to payments by his longtime personal attorney Michael Cohen to two women during the 2016 campaign so they would not discuss sexual affairs with Trump.

On Sunday, US Representative Jerrold Nadler, who will lead the Judiciary Committee in the House of Representatives when Democrats take control of the lower chamber next month, said if the payments were found to violate campaign finance laws, they would be an impeachable offence.

His Democratic counterpart on the House Intelligence Committee, Representative Adam Schiff, said Trump could be indicted and could…

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