Fox News headline of August 21st:
“Michael Cohen admits violating campaign finance laws in plea deal, agrees to 3-5 year sentence”
The media, Fox News is not alone, and the U.S. Attorney of the Southern District of New York, and Special Counsel Robert Mueller are all proudly pointing to Michael Cohen driven campaign violations, as his crimes. Representatives Adam Shiff and Jerold Nadler reported by the “Business Insider” website that “The incoming chairs of two powerful House committees have predicted legal peril for President Donald Trump, with one referring to recent accusations about Michael Cohen’s illegal hush-money payments as “impeachable offenses.” Yet, we have not heard any specifics whether the hush money came out of the campaign funds, or whether the campaign did not report the payments properly.
The Federal Election Commission rules based on statute about a campaign treasurer are:
“Every political committee must designate a treasurer before it can accept contributions or make expenditures. Designate your treasurer on your Statement of Organization (Form 1).
Treasurers must ensure committee reports and statements are complete, accurate and timely. This is a significant responsibility— if there’s an enforcement action against a committee, the treasurer is usually named as a respondent. Treasurers can be found officially (or, in some circumstances, personally) liable for the actions they take.”
- Sign and file all committee reports and statements.
- Deposit receipts in the committee’s designated bank within 10 days of receipt.
- Authorize expenditures or appoint someone else (orally or in writing) to authorize expenditures.
- Monitor contributions, ensuring they comply with legal limits and prohibitions.
- Keep records of receipts and disbursements for three years from the filing date of the report to which they relate.
A candidate can choose to act as his or her own committee treasurer.”
Did Michael Cohen have control over the reporting from the Trump campaign? Did Michael Cohen have any control over disbursements from the Trump campaign? We have heard and continue to hear from the media about Michael Cohen spilling his guts, but wait MICHAEL COHEN WAS NOT THE CAMPAIGN TREASURER! Only the campaign treasurer is responsible for campaign irregularities in reporting to the Federal Election Commission. The campaign reported disbursements via the FEC filings of $343, 056,732.78 from April 2, 2015, through December 31, 2016. Since Michael Cohen was NOT and never was the campaign treasurer he could not misreport any payments to the FEC. Nor could he commit campaign reporting violations. The campaign treasurer was and is Timothy Jost. Have you heard anything about him? Not a word!
The claim is that this payment was to influence a presidential election – as was the case with John Edwards during his campaign: A failed prosecution against disgraced former Sen. John Edwards was also based on the misuse spending of money to influence his campaign. This is fully reported by the “Washington Examiners” by Stephen Nelson in”
In more detail this report from Fox News, which was mirrored by many other news outlets stated:
“Michael Cohen, President Trump’s longtime personal attorney, admitted Tuesday to violating federal campaign finance laws by arranging hush money payments to adult film star Stormy Daniels and former Playboy model Karen McDougal “at the direction” of then-candidate Trump. In entering the plea, Cohen did not specifically name the two women or even Trump, recounting instead that he worked with an “unnamed candidate.” But the amounts and the dates all lined up with the payments made to Daniels and McDougal. In total, Cohen pleaded guilty to five counts of tax evasion, one count of making false statements to a financial institution, one count of willfully causing an unlawful corporate contribution, and one count of making an excessive campaign contribution. Cohen could have received up to 65 years in prison if convicted of all charges. However, as part of his plea deal, Cohen agreed not to challenge any sentence between 46 and 63 months. The deal does not involve a cooperation agreement with federal prosecutors.”
Based on the court ruling in the Edwards case, spending your own or other peoples money to suppress a news report or keep someone quiet is NOT a crime. This has been going on since Thomas Jefferson. Is it at all possible that news outlets might just accurately report the news. The facts and statutes are there for review, just review them.
The media is playing with the truth to slant the public opinion against Donald Trump. Where is this Russian Collusion? You have not heard about it, because there is none.