facts versus fictional propaganda!
There is a ton of misinformation out there and a lot of talking points going around, so how about we clear a lot of it up. Let’s cut through the propaganda, shall we?
Please note that Lanny Davis – Cohen’s lawyer is a Hillary sycophant, and I am not sure he did his client justly.
Cohen made a plea deal. This was not an adjudication. That means that no precedent (stare decisis) was set. It also means that nothing was said under oath. Because no plea deal is precedent, none if it well ever be used moving forward in another case. This is simply hype based on the way the charge was phrased. It was phrased that way for that specific reason as well, I am sure, to feed red meat for the media to run with, and why Cohen was given this specific deal when there was likely much more he could have been guilty of, but by agreeing to pleading guilty to those 2 false “crimes” (I will explain that in a minute) phrased that way specifically was simply to attempt to move public opinion. Plea bargains are made for many reasons, often to reduce charges and penalties, but not shockingly, people often plea bargain even when innocent simply to make things go away, so pleading to 2 minor charges is trivial if it knocked out more major charges.
Why am I saying the 2 campaign contribution counts are “false crimes”? I am saying this because the ex-FEC chairman Bradley Smith, who created this rule himself has stated these are not violations.
A campaign expenditure MUST be solely for a campaign activity. It MUST come from a campaign activity. Both of these activities that were paid off occurred prior to the campaign. A candidate who spends his own money, not as a result of the campaign is not making a campaign expenditure. Just because Trump was a candidate doesn’t mean a payment for something that happened prior to the campaign was a campaign expenditure. There is nothing illegal about paying for an NDA out of his own pocket or even out of corporate pockets.
If the money came out of campaign funds, that would be illegal, but that isn’t what he did. There are a lot of things you can do to “influence an election” that doesn’t make it a violation. It is like clearing up things that are negative press to not impact campaign. Clearing up pending lawsuits, paying off NDA for criticism, etc. No campaign violation as long as not coming from campaign money.
Spending money to make yourself look better in your private life, your public life, or your business life to improve your persona is not illegal – unless you are spending funds from the campaign. Those are not campaign contributions.
Nothing that is going on here comes back to Trump at all. It is being pushed because it seems the investigation has little else and needs to gin up public opinion to keep this witch hunt going. Simply by wording this plea deal as it was, we have the new “outrage of the week” against Trump.
- Much of the facts here pulled from an 8/21 conversation between Mark Levin and Bradley Smith, 2 lawyers, one who was FEC chairman, one who was chief of staff to attorney general Edwin Meese.