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Stormy in a teacup campaign finance case against Trump is laughably weak...
washingtonexaminer ^ | 12/10/2108 | washingtonexaminer

Posted on 12/10/2018 8:19:07 PM PST by caww

the grounds for saying Trump broke a law are laughably flimsy.

The argument is that since the hush money was paid to “influence” the election, it was a campaign expenditure. But by that logic, every dime Chris Christie spent to lose weight before his 2016 run — the diet books, the StairMaster, the bariatric surgery — was a campaign expenditure. If Christie bought a SlimFast shake with his personal money, was he a felon?

Former Federal Election Commissioner Bradley Smith posited another hypothetical: “If a business owner ran for political office and decided to pay bonuses to his employees in the hope that he would get good press and boost his stock as a candidate, would that be a campaign expenditure, payable from campaign funds?”

If a candidate who normally gets a $12 haircut shells out $40 for a better cut, is he a criminal for paying out of his own pocket even though the idea is to look sharp in front of news cameras? If a candidate pays a contested past-due personal bill only to make the headache go away before the debates begin, is he legally required to pay out of his campaign coffers?

Paying such expenses out of campaign funds would probably be unethical and possibly be illegal. If you're damned if you don't and damned if you do, then it's a pretty good sign that either the law is an ass or someone is not reading it honestly.

Cohen pleaded guilty to this campaign finance violation to avoid prison time for more serious tax evasion issues. Just because he pleads guilty doesn’t make Trump a criminal.

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1 posted on 12/10/2018 8:19:07 PM PST by caww
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"...Just because he pleads guilty doesn’t make Trump a criminal..."

To normal, sane, people. To Leftists, it is cause to give Trump a seat in the Electric Chair.

2 posted on 12/10/2018 8:26:41 PM PST by rlmorel (Leftists: They believe in the "Invisible Hand" only when it is guided by government.)
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I heard that horrid Chris Hahn shouting that "Cohen has tapes" on Tucker Carlson's show tonight. I'm sure he meant that the FBI raids on Cohen's law offices or home produced "tape recordings of Trump directing Cohen to facilitate crimes," but I have to wonder, how in the hell would Chris Hahn know?"

3 posted on 12/10/2018 8:31:01 PM PST by onyx (JOIN 300 CLUB BY DONATING $34 MONTHLY! TRUMP'S WAY IS THE WINNING WAY!)
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Professor Dershowitz has repeatedly talked about prosecutors who not only make people “sing” but also “compose.” That very much seems to be what went on with Cohen—fabricating evidence to be used to attack Trump.


4 posted on 12/10/2018 8:47:40 PM PST by Verginius Rufus
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To: rlmorel
Never thought I'd see a hooker/stripper gain the notoriety she's getting on the liberals stage....and worse the media spot-lighting her daily. On her book tour you should see the women seated all around her in book stores like she's their latest idol........stunningly sick I gotta say!
5 posted on 12/10/2018 8:48:55 PM PST by caww
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To: Verginius Rufus
Shall we bring out the slush fund congressional Representatives use for sexual payoffs???? I want so much that to be fully exposed! Both those who blackmailed and those who used the funds exposed fully!
6 posted on 12/10/2018 8:50:53 PM PST by caww
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Agreed. I can see how someone might easily point to that as a sign of a increasingly coarsened society.

I have nothing personal against strippers I view it as a peccadillo, but honestly, if a stripper is trying to accuse someone else of unbecoming or unethical behavior, that should backfire.

For her it hasn’t, it is celebrity...which is a bit off-putting.


7 posted on 12/10/2018 8:57:19 PM PST by rlmorel (Leftists: They believe in the "Invisible Hand" only when it is guided by government.)
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Did the dems ever give Clinton a hard time when he had to pay lots of money to pay off Paula?


8 posted on 12/10/2018 9:18:11 PM PST by Slyfox (Not my circus, not my monkeys)
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To: Whenifhow; null and void; aragorn; EnigmaticAnomaly; kalee; Kale; 2ndDivisionVet; azishot; ...

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9 posted on 12/10/2018 9:54:56 PM PST by bitt ("Let justice be done though the heavens fall".)
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This is all about propaganda politics. The case would never stand in a any court.

I’d love to see a trial where they try to o call personal extortion payments “campaign funds.”

The prosecution would be laughed out of court.


10 posted on 12/10/2018 10:00:08 PM PST by Candor7 ((Obama Fascism)http://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2009/05/barack_obama_the_quintessentia_1.html)
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To: caww
campaign finance case against Trump is laughably weak

The Russia collusion case against Trump is also laughably weak, but it has continued to be story #1 for the MSM for a year and a half.

To the left, "weak" doesn't matter. The agenda matters.

11 posted on 12/10/2018 10:15:00 PM PST by TChad
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I wish Trump would tweet “I have the names of every congressman whose sexual harrassment and/or assault complaints were paid off with taxpayers’ dollars. And I have the names of all who were paid off. I think it’s called a settlement.”


12 posted on 12/10/2018 10:43:54 PM PST by Terry Mross
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To: caww
If Christie bought a SlimFast shake with his personal money, was he a felon?

Funny stuff there.

13 posted on 12/10/2018 10:52:06 PM PST by Jeff Chandler (Every time a lefty cries "racism", a Trump voter gets his wings.)
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At the risk of hurting eyes, PRESIDENT TRUMP WILL BE IMPEACHED. THE CRIME! OR ABSENCE THEREOF, IS OF NO CONSEQUENCE.

The question becomes, what will the 60 million who voted for him do.


14 posted on 12/10/2018 10:56:47 PM PST by NTHockey (Rules of engagement #1: Take no prisoners. And to the NSA trolls, FU)
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But according to Senator Schmucky Schumer, this is a “Constitutional Crisis”. And it must be true because I read it on the Interweb. Moreover, we know that the Left is always truthful, tolerant and pro-American business.

(You’ll excuse me now, I need to take a shower to wash away the dreck I just wrote)


15 posted on 12/10/2018 10:59:23 PM PST by ssaftler (From Governor Moon Bat to Governor Gruesome. We're doomed, I tell you!)
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To: NTHockey
At the risk of hurting eyes, PRESIDENT TRUMP WILL BE IMPEACHED. THE CRIME! OR ABSENCE THEREOF, IS OF NO CONSEQUENCE.

The question becomes, what will the 60 million who voted for him do.

Especially when the Deep State cobbles together enough Republican votes in the Senate to convict him.
16 posted on 12/10/2018 11:11:30 PM PST by Bratch ("The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing." - Edmund Burke)
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To: Terry Mross
I wish Trump would tweet “I have the names of every congressman whose sexual harrassment and/or assault complaints were paid off with taxpayers’ dollars.

I think it’s a coming

17 posted on 12/11/2018 4:32:16 AM PST by RedMonqey ("Those who turn their arms in for plowshares will be doing the plowing for those who didn't.")
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To: caww

FEC: “Clinton campaign ILLEGALLY laundered $84 MILLION”


18 posted on 12/11/2018 4:46:53 AM PST by newfreep ("INSIDE EVERY PROGRESSIVE IS A TOTALITARIAN SCREAMING TO GET OUT" @HOROWITZ39, DAVID HOROWITZ)
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President trump is in Direct Control of the Treasury Department, he can ORDER them Today to release ALL Payment Records from the Congressional Rape and Run Slush Fund.


19 posted on 12/11/2018 4:48:26 AM PST by eyeamok
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To: RedMonqey

New rules for Military Tribunals begin Jan 1, 2019

If justice is truly happening, we’ll see early in January.

If not, well...America is history.


20 posted on 12/11/2018 4:49:06 AM PST by newfreep ("INSIDE EVERY PROGRESSIVE IS A TOTALITARIAN SCREAMING TO GET OUT" @HOROWITZ39, DAVID HOROWITZ)
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