I get very few comments here, I don’t know why. When I get a comment I always reply to it, as we all should when someone takes the time to express themselves to us.
I got a comment earlier today from Pasco Cruz, in reference to my recent post about the Federal Election Commission’s 2-2 vote not to prosecute Trump for the campaign finance violation his former attorney pled guilty to. Pasco wrote:
Non disclosure agreements are in no way illegal and the prosecutors literally made-up a charge that didn’t exist of “interfering with an election”. Any other lawyer should have mopped the floor with that case and thrown it right into the dumpster where it belonged, but Cohen was dumb enough to hire and trust Clinton operative and super slimey attorney Lanny Davis who was clearly working against Cohens best interests and helped to railroad him in an ruined his life all to try to make Trump look bad in the end, which really didn’t even work since Stormy Daniel’s has since come out and said she never even had sex with Trump.
There are legitimate things to rag on Trump about, but this story was made for low IQ simpletons to follow and get hyped up about. Anyone who still talks about it and cannot see it for the sloppy political hit job it was, is pathetic.
Fair enough. I took a moment to see what was on the DOJ website about the Michael Cohen plea, what the actual charges he pled guilty to were, and replied:
Thank you for this well-written and authoritative-sounding comment. The Cohen hush money payments to Stormy Daniels (“Woman 1”) and a former Playboy model (“Woman 2”) were found to be a violation of campaign finance laws, and Cohen was prosecuted by Jeff Sessions’ DOJ. To dismiss Cohen’s conviction for “interfering with an election” as a political hit job to hurt Trump, requires leaving out many important details. Cohen pled guilty to:
tax evasion, making false statements to a federally-insured bank, and campaign finance violations. The plea was entered followed the filing of an eight-count criminal information, which alleged that COHEN concealed more than $4 million in personal income from the IRS, made false statements to a federally-insured financial institution in connection with a $500,000 home equity loan,
and, in 2016, caused $280,000 in payments to be made to silence two women who otherwise planned to speak publicly about their alleged affairs with a presidential candidate, thereby intending to influence the 2016 presidential election.
(the whole DOJ plea announcement, including all the sordid details of the campaign finance violation [which involve the National Inquirer and David Fucking Pecker], is at https://www.justice.gov/usao-sdny/pr/michael-cohen-pleads-guilty-manhattan-federal-court-eight-counts-including-criminal-tax)
Of course it is legal, as you say, in most cases, to pay someone you had sex with to sign a nondisclosure agreement. The payment itself was not the crime — it was paying them as part of a political campaign to hide facts that would have certainly hurt the candidate.
If two women Trump paid (through Cohen) in October 2016 for their legally-binding promise to remain silent had been free to talk publicly about having extramarital sex with Trump right before the election, he likely would not have won the Electoral College vote. Their legally enforceable silence had great political value to Trump, well in excess of the $280,000 he had Cohen pay them.
As you say, there are legitimate things to rag on Trump about, and one of them was his deliberate delay in appointing a quorum on the FEC, disabling the agency that oversees campaign finance violations. Trump left the FEC without any ability to investigate or enforce campaign finance law, after Cohen pled guilty to campaign finance violations he committed at the request of Individual One (Trump).
The recent 2-2 vote among Trump’s December 2020 FEC appointees, the recusal of one and abstention of another, probably tells us more than we’ll ever know about the political fix at the FEC that kept Trump safe from being indicted in connection with that crime.
Peace and keep reading!