Mark Levin took a big swipe at President Trump’s former attorney Michael Cohen and his attorney, Clinton shill Lanny Davis.
Levin argues that President Trump is in the “clear,” while Lanny Davis “blew it” by framing payments to two women as violating “campaign finance” laws.
With that said, we can’t forget that this is a set up, and anything can happen in this atmosphere.
The Democrats are crooked and have Deep State on their side.
We must take nothing for granite.
The only way we win and secure our future is to get out and vote in the midterms.
No excuses, and make sure you spread this message to every Trump supporter, or person “on the fence” that you know.
Tuesday on Fox News Channel’s “Hannity,” conservative talker and legal expert Mark Levin criticized the plea deal Michael Cohen made with the prosecutor for the Southern District of New York regarding campaign finance law violations.
Levin argued Cohen pled guilty to the charge despite them not being offenses and at the behest of the prosecutor who insisted they were offenses.
Partial transcript as follows:
HANNITY: All right, Mark, I mean, there are some lessons here. I agree that you shouldn’t lie to the FBI. Everyone agrees with that. I also agree that you should pay your taxes. I also agree that you better not lie on a bank loan application. Mark, how did we get from Russia and that this is it after nearly, we are almost at 500 days.
LEVIN: All right. I want to address Michael Cohen. How did we get to that? I want to help the law professors, the constitutional experts, the criminal defense lawyers, the former prosecutors and of course, the professors. I want to help them understand what the law is.
The general counsel for the Clinton mob family, Lanny Davis, he had his client pleaded two counts of criminality that don’t exist. These campaign finance violations that is all over TV, they are saying implicates the president of the United States directly.
First, let’s back up. It is a guilty plea. It is a plea bargain between a prosecutor and a criminal. A criminal who doesn’t want to spend the rest of his life in prison. That is not precedent. That applies only to that specific case. Nobody cites plea bargains for precedent. That’s number one.
Number two, just because a prosecutor says that somebody violated a campaign law doesn’t make it so. He is not the judge. He is not the jury. We didn’t adjudicate anything. It never went to court. That’s number two.
A campaign expenditure under our federal campaign laws is an expenditure solely for campaign activity. A candidate who spends his own money or even corporate money for an event that occurred not as a result of the campaign, it is not a campaign expenditure.
Let me give a few examples to help people understand this, especially the American people. Let’s say, I wrote these down. Let’s say a candidate had said we owe vendors a whole lot of money. We’ve had disputes with them. But I want you to go ahead and pay them. I’m a candidate, I don’t want all this negative publicity.
So he says to his 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 not a crime.
More, let’s say that this candidate settles a lawsuit that was initiated before he becomes a candidate. And he says to his personal lawyer, I want you to pay, settle that lawsuit. You can use my corporate funds, my private funds, whatever it is. That is perfectly legal, too.
The prosecutor would say, but that influenced the election. So what? There are certain things you do that influence an election that are legal and certain things you do to influence an election that are illegal.
Let’s say a candidate gets a non-disclosure agreement from a disgruntled employee, and he wants to quiet that disgruntled employee as he goes into the election. He pays the funds out of his pocket or through his corporation. Perfectly legal.
Nothing here was spent out of the campaign. Nothing was done with the campaign or to the campaign. This is exactly what the federal law is.
And Mr. Lanny Davis had his client plead guilty to two offenses that aren’t offenses that the prosecutor insisted were offenses. That’s why he is no good. That is Michael Cohen against Donald Trump.
Donald Trump is in the clear. Let’s say Donald Trump even directed Michael Cohen to make payments in non-disclosure agreements. So what? He is allowed to do that.
Now, here’s my question. Has the Southern District of New York ever paid money in a non-disclosure agreement with any of its employees? How about any U.S. attorney’s office in the United States? How about the Department of Justice? How about any business?
HANNITY: Or Congress.
LEVIN: How about any union? How about the DNC? How about a member of Congress? It’s done all the time. It is all hush money. And all of this hush money, they can’t pay hush money. Well, it is hush money. It’s legal. It’s a contract. It’s done all the time.
Now, what does Mr. Mueller have left? It’s worked. He is chasing the Manhattan madam. Who the hell is the Manhattan madam? I don’t know. And how is he interviewing? He is dragging her in front of the grand jury.
What’s next? The Manhattan madam. He’s got — he’s got Manafort where he wants him on banking charges, he set up a few guys like Flynn who has gotten in trouble. Now they have Cohen. What do they have? They have nothing. I’ll tell you what they have.
Mr. Mueller as a federal prosecutor is preparing his impeachment report which is an unconstitutional activity. Mr. Mueller is supposed to be non-political. He is not supposed to preparing impeachment report.
Mr. Mueller, I told you before, you can’t indict a sitting president. I told you that 15 months ago. Now you figured it out. You and Rosenstein figured it out. Now you and Rosenstein are trying to figure out what to do with the subpoena.
You see, Sean, Giuliani was on your show the other day or somebody’s show and said why do they take two or three weeks? I’ll tell you why they take two or three weeks. Because Mr. Mueller has to consult Mr. Rosenstein, his boss, to figure out what to do with the subpoena.
I’ll tell you what happens when they issue that subpoena. The president of the United States takes it all the way to the Supreme Court. And what does he cite? Department of Justice memos. What else does he cite? The Constitution of the United States.
So this is going to be an impeachment battle in the end. The president of the United States if he doesn’t get involved in the perjury trap — think about that. They don’t have a crime. He needs this interview to create a crime against the president of the United States. This prosecutor.
Well, that’s pretty damn outrageous. So, in any event, I want the news media to understand. You know what took place in the Southern District of New York? Nothing that matters. Zippo.
HANNITY: You know what, Mark?
LEVIN: There was no violation of the federal campaign laws. Lanny Davis blew it. Lanny Davis — Lanny Davis he puts out a tweet today. “Today, Cohen stood up and testified under oath that Donald Trump directed him to commit a crime.”
You are a dummy, Lanny.
“By making payments to two women for the principal purpose of influencing an election. If those payments were a crime for Michael Cohen then why wouldn’t they be a crime for Donald Trump?”
They weren’t a crime for Michael Cohen. He screwed himself. And they’re not a crime for Donald Trump either. Now move along and go back into your corner with Hillary Clinton.
Dershowitz Takes Dems Hysteria on ‘Cohen Collusion’ and Pounds it Into THE DIRT
While Democrats wring their hands and salivate at the thought of taking down President Trump over the latest Cohen and Manafort plea deals, the calm voice of reason and Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz says, “not so fast.”
Dershowitz believes this is yet another democrat-hyped hysteria push that will fall by the wayside like all the others since as it stands now, nothing President Trump did is impeachable.
However, we MUST keep control of Congress, because as we all know, Democrats don’t play by the same rules the rest of us are forced to, and they can maneuver around anything to push President Trump out of office.
The ONLY way we can make sure that does not happen, is by getting out and voting and making sure our friends, family, co-workers and even strangers, understand the seriousness of what we’re up against and register and vote GOP.
Watch the video:
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Controversial lawyer Alan Dershowitz on Tuesday said Michael Cohen’s guilty plea for breaking campaign finance law may not be as big a problem for President Trump as his critics hope and his supporters fear.
“This is the beginning of a story that will unravel over time, but it’s not nearly as deadly lethal as some have portrayed it as being,” Dershowitz, a staunch defender of Trump’s civil liberties amid special counsel Robert Mueller’s federal Russia investigation, said during an interview on Fox News.
Dershowitz downplayed the significance of election law violations, claiming “every” administration and presidential candidate commits them.
“Here, they’re trying to elevate this into an impeachable offense or a felony against the president,” he continued. “Naming someone as an un-indicted co-conspirator is very unfair because he has no opportunity to defend himself or herself. And yet that may happen.”
Cohen pleaded guilty in a New York federal district court on Tuesday to five tax evasion charges for failing to report $4 million in income from 2012 to 2016 and one count of making a false statement to a lending institution from 2015 to 2016 when applying for a home equity line of credit. He also pleaded guilty to charges associated with willfully causing an unlawful corporate contribution in 2016 and one count of making an excessive campaign contribution in 2016.
The last charge is believed to be tied to nondisclosure agreements he brokered before the 2016 election for porn star Stormy Daniels and former Playboy model Karen McDougal, who both claim to have had extramarital affairs with Trump. He told the court Tuesday he had been directed to make the arrangements by an unnamed federal candidate in exchange for the women’s silence.
Cohen’s charges stemmed from an investigation spearheaded by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Southern District of New York after it received a referral from Mueller’s team.
Dershowitz, a self-described liberal Democrat who has gained notoriety for his criticism of Mueller’s Russia probe, complained in July he had been “shunned” by former friends holidaying at Martha’s Vineyard, Mass., over his pro-Trump posturing.
Mueller’s Investigation is CRUMBLING, He Was Just Forced to Request ANOTHER Delay
Special Counsel Robert Mueller is having a hard time.
He did not get the “slam dunk” he was hoping for in the Paul Manafort trial; as that jury is still out deliberating and now, he’s been forced to request another delay in the Michael Flynn trial.
It really is time for Mueller to end this pointless and expensive witch-hunt.
Special counsel Robert Mueller’s team has again delayed former White House national security adviser Michael Flynn’s sentencing hearing, a signal that Flynn is still cooperating with the ongoing Russia probe.
According to a court filing from Tuesday, the special counsel’s office claims that “due to the status” of the probe, it does not “believe that this matter is ready to be scheduled for a sentencing hearing at this time.” The next update is slated for no later than Sept. 17.
Flynn pleaded guilty in federal court in December for lying to the FBI in January 2017 about his contacts with then-Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak. Flynn was charged on one count of “willfully and knowingly” making “false, fictitious and fraudulent statements” to the FBI about communications exchanged with a Russian envoy.
Flynn could face up to five years behind bars for pleading guilty to lying to the FBI. However, it’s not expected that he will receive such a harsh sentence because he has complied with Mueller and the FBI.
Mueller is investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election and whether the Trump campaign colluded with the Kremlin.
FAKE NEWS: DHS and FBI Just Demolished Senator Nelson’s Claims of Russian Meddling
Senator Bill Nelson told the American people that “Russians” had interfered in the Florida elections.
When pressed on the matter, he said that the information was “classified.”
His comments struck many as odd, and people began accusing him of either lying to the American people or spreading classified information.
Well, now that the FBI and DHS have weighed in, turns out Nelson lied.
He should be forced to step down.
Top law enforcement officials have countered a claim by Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson that Russian operatives had penetrated some county election systems in his home state of Florida.
In a Monday letter obtained by Fox News, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and FBI Director Christopher Wray told Florida officials that while Russian spies “have previously demonstrated both the intent and capability to conduct malicious cyber operations,” there is no current evidence to suggest any meddling in the upcoming midterm elections in November.
“DHS and the FBI will continue to notify any victim of a successful cyber intrusion into their election network in any jurisdiction nationwide,” the letter, which was first reported by the Orlando Sentinel, stated.
Chaffetz: ‘Highly Suspicious’ That Longtime Clinton Ally Is Representing Michael Cohen
Jason Chaffetz said it’s “highly suspicious” that Lanny Davis — a longtime ally of Bill and Hillary Clinton — is representing Michael Cohen.
Clinton Pollster Confirms Who Broke Campaign Finance Laws in 2016 – HILLARY
While the left is salivating over the thought of “destroying” President Trump over “campaign finance laws,” experts are warning, “not so fast.”
Not only do most campaigns break campaign finance laws, but one of the biggest violators is none other than Hillary Clinton.
Mark Penn, the former pollster for both Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton, has penned an op-ed in The Hill Wednesday in which he argues that Michael Cohen’s guilty plea shows the double standard that prosecutors have applied unfairly to Donald Trump.
Penn argues that while what Trump is alleged to have done — paying Stormy Daniels for a non-disclosure agreement she had sought for five years prior to the election — was legal, Hillary Clinton failed to report campaign expenditures that led to the Steele dossier.
If anyone broke campaign finance law, Penn argues, it was Clinton, not Trump — but prosecutors want Trump out of office.
The usual procedures here would be for the FEC to investigate complaints and sort through these murky laws to determine if these kinds of payments are personal in nature or more properly classified as campaign expenditures. And, on the Daniels payment that was made and reimbursed by Trump, it is again a question of whether that was made for personal reasons (especially since they have been trying since 2011 to obtain agreement). Just because it would be helpful to the campaign does not convert it to a campaign expenditure. Think of a candidate with bad teeth who had dental work done to look better for the campaign; his campaign still could not pay for it because it’s a personal expenditure.
Contrast what is going on here with the treatment of the millions of dollars paid to a Democratic law firm which, in turn, paid out money to political research firm Fusion GPS and British ex-spy Christopher Steele without listing them on any campaign expenditure form — despite crystal-clear laws and regulations that the ultimate beneficiaries of the funds must be listed. This rule was even tightened recently. There is no question that hiring spies to do opposition research in Russia is a campaign expenditure, and yet, no prosecutorial raids have been sprung on the law firm, Fusion GPS or Steele. Reason: It does not “get” Trump.
Read Penn’s full op-ed at The Hill.