(National Sentinel) Patsy: Michael Cohen, POTUS Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer and ‘fixer,’ is a media darling for the time being because he’s attacking the president and, of course, the Democrat Party’s propaganda wing, a.k.a. the “mainstream media,” is just lapping it up.
In a post-sentencing interview with ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos on Friday, Cohen claimed that his then-billionaire businessman boss directed him personally to make hush payments to Stormy Daniels and Playboy model Karen McDougal in exchange for silence about alleged sexual encounters, despite claiming he knew it was wrong and for the purpose of protecting his 2016 campaign.
That makes a great story for the Trump-hating media and their mindless followers, but it’s divorced from reality The Federalist‘s Mollie Hemmingway pointed out last night.
She noted during an interview with Fox News that there is no visible evidence to back up Cohen’s claims and that his own credibility has been called into question repeatedly during special counsel Robert Mueller’s “Russian collusion” probe as well as the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York’s criminal division.
“There are a lot of ways that you can make settlements and sign nondisclosure agreements that are in no way a campaign finance violation. It would require a pretty specific set of circumstances to convince anyone that it actually is a legitimate campaign finance violation, for some reason he wasn’t asked about that,” she said.
“I think if you have Michael Cohen there to answer any questions you have, you might ask for some specifics. It was all very nebulous,” Hemingway continued.
Others agreed, including National Security Analyst Moran Ortagus. He noted that Cohen hasn’t done much to substantiate his claims other than make them to friendly media (who will soon discard him when he reports for his three-year prison sentence) Ortagus noted that Cohen’s claims have never been “litigated” in court as they apply to allegations of campaign finance violations.
“It’s important to remember that he’s going to jail for financial crimes really. For tax fraud, for bank fraud and if you look at what the South District said about his credibility it’s very different than what the Mueller team has said and alleged,” Ortagus noted.
Legal experts have also noted that the SDNY has little experience in prosecuting actual campaign finance crimes and that equating so-called “hush money” with campaign finance violations is more than a stretch.
“SDNY is NOT expert in campaign finance violations and neither is the Clinton appointed district judge,” constitutional expert, lawyer, and talk show host Mark Levin wrote on his Facebook page earlier this week. “They rarely handle campaign finance cases.
“The left-wing media and politicians are regurgitating what the prosecutors have merely filed in their own self-serving brief. The media and others intentionally refuse to look at the actual rules and context. They refuse to even question what these prosecutors have thrown together,” he continued.
“The actual campaign rules and context do NOT include Non-Disclosure Agreements (NDAs) or infinite other contracts, payments, arrangements, acts of a private nature, etc. as campaign contributions. This is normal human behavior and was never intended to be regulated or reported. SDNY is dead wrong,” he wrote, adding that Mueller and the New York prosecutors are merely trying “to convict [POTUS Trump] in the press.”
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