It’s time to cut through the noise coming from a heavily biased mainstream media and provide some semblance of sanity after Tuesday’s news involving former Trump lawyer, Michael Cohen.
Cohen pleaded guilty to eight counts — two of which were campaign finance violations involving hush money for women alleging they had extramarital affairs with Trump.
Cohen believed the affairs could have been detrimental to the 2016 presidential campaign. He stated in court that he made the illegal campaign contributions “in coordination and at the direction of a candidate for federal office.”
Naturally, the impeachment-obsessed left wants to know how that will lead to the downfall of President Trump.
Sad news to report, libs. It won’t.
Radio host and Constitutional lawyer Mark Levin went on Fox News with host Sean Hannity to discuss the case Tuesday evening. He revealed that the payments made by Cohen do not constitute an ‘in-kind’ campaign contribution and the President “is in the clear.”
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“A candidate who spends his own money or even corporate money for an event that occurred not as a result of the campaign is not a campaign expenditure,” Levin explained.
Guess what – Bradley Smith, former Chairman of the Federal Election Commission, concurs with Levin’s statement that it does not amount to an in-kind contribution.
“When the FEC wrote the regulation that says what constitutes campaign expenditures and what constitutes personal use,” Smith said, “it rejected specifically the idea that a campaign expenditure was anything related to a campaign, and instead says it has to be something that exists only because of the campaign and solely for that reason.”
1) Those payments are not a crime.
2) Per former FEC chairman Bradley Smith, it’s not a campaign finance violation.
3) I’m sure a dirtbag attorney who tape records his own clients for blackmail purposes is clearly a trustworthy individual. https://t.co/7OXxWUXSaZ
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Levin analyzed the Cohen guilty plea in layman’s terms:
“Say a candidate had said we owe vendors a whole lot of money. We have had disputes with them. But I want you to go ahead and pay them. I’m a candidate, I don’t want the negative publicity. So he says to the private lawyer, you pay them, I’ll reimburse you, get it done. Is that illegal? It’s perfectly legal. Yet according to the prosecution of the Southern District of New York, it’s paid at the direction of the candidate to influence the election. Yes, Mr. Prosecutor, how stupid is your point?”
It’s a pretty stupid point, of course, but one the media will be harping on for the foreseeable future.
Harvard Law Professor Alan Dershowitz dismissed Cohen’s admissions as being not “lethal” to Trump’s presidency and instead insisted that campaign finance violations are the “jaywalking” of electoral politics.
Levin meanwhile concluded, “Just because a prosecutor says that somebody violated a campaign law doesn’t make it so.”
Likewise, just because the media will tell you all day long that Cohen’s plea will lead to impeachment, doesn’t make it so.
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