Elder Patriot – We are watching the Deep State’s plan to rid themselves of Donald Trump unfold and, quite frankly, they have proven to us that special counsel Robert Mueller is playing a really weak hand.
In fact, the more the hypocrites on the left regurgitate Mueller’s findings the deeper they are digging the hole for Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, and their minions.
The plea deal agreed to by Michael Cohen, who served as Donald Trump’s personal attorney until his indictment, and the DOJ’s office in the Southern District of New York, is a case in point.
Cohen pleaded guilty to eight counts of criminal wrongdoing. Only six were provably legitimate. One remains arguable. The eighth is not supported by the facts or the law. The eighth is the linchpin for Mueller’s impeachment recommendation.
Five counts of tax evasion for the years 2012-2016 are not in dispute. Each offense carries a maximum penalty of 5 years in prison and a $250,000 fine plus the cost of prosecution and the accused own defense costs.
Maximum penalty: 25 years in a federal penitentiary, $1.25MM in penalties, and approximately $1.5MM in legal fees.
Cohen also pleaded guilty to falsifying a credit application, the facts of which are not in dispute. In the most egregious case this could result in a penalty matching the value of the loan plus $10,000.
Clearly, Cohen had committed crimes of a personal nature and was facing a long, long prison sentence as well as millions of dollars in fines. These crimes in no way implicate President Trump nor will they.
The seventh charge relates to structuring financial transactions through the use of a corporation and is tenuous, but arguable. This crime does not inure to President Trump, either.
The eighth charge is the pot of gold for Mueller and his plan to issue a report recommending impeachment. And it is completely without merit – except of course to the DOJ-SDNY.
This count is an attempt to cloak a perfectly legal non-disclosure agreement with a former associate as a violation of Federal Elections law. That the FEC doesn’t see it as a crime is telling.
All we have to do is look back to 2008 when the FEC ordered President Obama’s campaign to pay a $375,000 fine – one of the largest fines ever levied against a presidential campaign for a myriad of violations that were actual crimes – and we can dismiss this charge for what it is – a trade-off.
At that time there were no talks of disqualification or impeachment for Obama nor should there be any now.
In fact, the NDA signed by a paid FBI informant to silence him prior to the Uranium One transaction proved that Obama’s DOJ itself engaged in this kind of contractual arrangement.
Here’s where Cohen allowed himself to be played by Lanny Davis, his attorney and a lifelong Clinton acolyte. Davis convinced Cohen to agreed to plead guilty to multiple offenses that don’t even exist.
The Great One, Mark Levin, explains:
Cohen might’ve believed he was being smart hiring a lawyer with deep connections to the swamp but he wasn’t. As we will explain Cohen was a schmuck who allowed himself to be played by Davis.
Davis and the DOJ-SDNY worked out a deal allowing Cohen to plead down to 3-5 years on the first 6 counts if he’d also plead guilty to counts seven and eight. For Cohen, facing 25 years in federal detention, and with Lanny Davis chirping in his ear, it was easy to accept because it made the entire plea down possible.
For Mueller, this virtually guarantees his investigation will cloud the 2018 elections, something former FBI director James Comey was desperate to avoid in 2016 with the Hillary Clinton investigation into far more egregious and legitimately criminal activity.
But impeachment is a political endeavor and desperate times call for desperate measures. The Left either removes Trump from office now or, as Hillary said in a fit of rage, “If that f – – – ing bastard wins, we all hang from nooses!”
After the plea deal was made public, former Clinton pollster Mark Penn was moved to write:
The sweetener for the prosecutors, of course, was getting Cohen to plead guilty to campaign finance violations [count eight] that were not campaign finance violations. Money paid to people who come out of the woodwork and shake down people under threat of revealing bad sexual stories are not legitimate campaign expenditures. They are personal expenditures. That is true for both candidates we like and candidates we don’t.
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.
So, Trump spends $130,000 to keep the lid on a personal story and the full weight of state prosecutors comes down on his lawyer, tossing attorney–client privilege to the wind. Democrats spend potentially millions on secret opposition research and no serious criminal investigation occurs.
The corruption within the DOJ and that engulfs the Mueller investigation is now out in the open. The players have identified themselves and the president will prevail. The only question is how many criminals will be hanging from those nooses alongside Hillary Clinton.