Prosecutors Seem Poised to Hit Trump With Felony Charges

Prosecutors Seem Poised to Hit Trump With Felony Charges December 12, 2018

So I’m sure you’ve all heard by now that the longtime personal attorney and “fixer” for Donald Trump, Michael Cohen,  was sentenced to three years in jail today, for a host of crimes, ranging from wire and tax fraud, to lying to Congress.

It sounds like it was a pretty bad day for the man who “knows where all the bodies are buried.”

If anyone could be said to be having a worse day, it would be President Trump.

Certainly, given Trump’s social media attacks against Cohen, you would think this would be a banner day for Trump and his devotees.

Cohen is going away for a long time. He’ll be out of Trump’s hair for the next election, so that’s good news, right?

Maybe not.

Fox News legal analyst Andrew Napolitano broke down exactly what went on in the courtroom, and why it was not a win for Donald Trump.

“Career prosecutors here in New York have evidence that the president of the United States committed a felony by ordering and paying Michael Cohen to break the law,” Napolitano said while speaking on Fox News. “How do we know that? They told that to the federal judge. Under the rules, they can’t tell that to the federal judge unless they actually have that hardcore evidence. Under the rules, they can’t tell that to the federal judge unless they intend to do something with that evidence.”

I wonder what they’re going to do? I’m guessing it doesn’t involve giving Trump a medal.

Prosecutors in the Southern District of New York have said that Trump directed Cohen to make the payments. Assistant U.S. Attorney Nicolas Roos stated in court Wednesday that Cohen “eroded faith in the electoral process” by committing the crimes.

“The felony is paying Michael Cohen to commit a felony. It’s pretty basic,” Napolitano said. “You pay someone to commit a crime, they commit the crime. You are liable, criminally liable for the commission of that crime. That’s what the prosecutors told the federal judge.”

But doesn’t intent come into play here? Couldn’t the president say he didn’t mean to break any laws, or that he didn’t understand the terms of the agreement Cohen made to buy off his mistresses?

Besides, Michael Cohen isn’t the most reliable witness, is he? He’s an admitted liar. We can’t just take his word, alone.

Enter David Pecker and American Media, Inc (AMI)., stage right.

David Pecker, for those who need their memories refreshed, is the CEO of AMI,  the parent company of The National Enquirer.

He’s also a longtime, very close friend of Donald Trump’s.

Pecker and his organization were prime operators, when it came to hiding the illicit activities of Trump, as well as other celebrities or powerful players.

They did it through a process called “catch and kill.”

This entailed buying exclusive rights to troublesome stories that were about to leak – such as Donald Trump’s affairs – then burying them so they never go public.

This is what Pecker and The Enquirer allegedly did for Trump, in regards to Karen McDougal.

While Michael Cohen was getting his comeuppance, federal prosecutors were spilling on what has been gleaned from the cooperation of David Pecker.

That’s right – there’s a non-prosecution agreement in place, so Pecker and his company got really comfortable.

“It has previously reached a non-prosecution agreement with AMI, in connection with AMI’s role in making the above-described $150,000 payment before the 2016 presidential election,” the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York said in a statement. In 2016, AMI paid McDougal—who alleged she had an affair with President Trump—$150,000 in a “catch-and-kill” agreement to gain exclusive rights to her story and then bury it.

“As a part of the agreement, AMI admitted that it made the $150,000 payment in concert with a candidate’s presidential campaign, and in order to ensure that the woman did not publicize damaging allegations about the candidate before the 2016 presidential election,” prosecutors said. They added that AMI is cooperating with their investigation.

In concert with a candidate’s presidential campaign…

So who do you think they’re talking about?

Let’s keep in mind that none of this has to do with what special counsel Robert Mueller is working on. This is a completely separate investigation, and President Trump has been implicated.

There have been a lot of questions regarding whether a sitting president can be indicted.

I’m not sure, but it would seem that there are only so many scandals a president can be credibly attached to before the dam breaks.

 


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  • JASmius

    The only thing missing in this story is a stained blue dress.

  • Polarbearpapa

    21 The tongue can bring death or life;

    those who love to talk will reap the consequences.

    Proverbs 18

  • Ellen Elmore

    Susan, I hope you are right. And I wish it was true that Trump could be implicated in payments to his mistresses during his 2016 presidential campaign. But I believe Trump is as untouchable as Hillary. Somehow those two people are above the law and will never pay the price for their crimes.

  • JASmius

    Why do you believe this?

  • John225

    Cohen recorded his phone conversations with Trump.

  • IllinoisPatriot

    True. …which should prove VERY interesting reading in future court documents or Mueller’s final report or perhaps in Cohen’s promised tell-all on Trump which has been promised for full public release AFTER Mueller’s final report is made public.

    Trump is good at lying to cover his own **** when he thinks the dirt others have on him can be suppressed either through his bully tactics or through brow-beating of the witnesses. In the case of Cohen, Trump must have done something REALLY unforgivable for Cohen to have turned on him so thoroughly. Perhaps something that has not yet been made public – such as threats against Cohen or his family. It could be just the Trump MAGAs making the threats, but they would be no less real and the constant, ongoing threats to his life and his family might be enough reason to motivate Cohen into full-Trump-destruction mode. If Cohen can destroy the credibility / myth of Trump, the MAGAs will perhaps have no reason to attack him / his family to protect someone that has been exposed as a fraud and a criminal….

    If there is any truth to the suspicion above, NYC would be the ideal place for Trump’s MAGAs to threaten those that know the most about Trump’s closeted skeletons and Trump’s own rhetoric that enflames his base against the people that would expose him would actually be backfiring on Trump in a very legal way.

    In any event, it looks like the Democrat moral corruption that we see in virtually every US city is starting to come home to roost in NYC, LA, Chicago and other places where the corruption is finally reaching intolerable and undefendable levels and where the Democrat party is starting to show the cracks that must inevitably occur when one form of corruption starts warring with another form of corruption for increasingly limited resources. (in this case Trump’s greed, ego, & criminal connections vs NYS prosecutors & politicians that are increasingly unable to cover for Trump with their based of special-interests that are being whipped into a frenzy either with Trump rhetoric or as backlash against Trump rhetoric.

    If/When the USA falls into division and anarchy, I expect the collapse to start in our larger, Democrat-controlled cities where leadership is less important than political connections and which politicians/judges can be bought off.

  • Barros Serrano

    How empty all the attempts by the delusional right to pretend that somehow all of Trumpolini’s evil is matched on the Democratic side.

    The fact is that Trumpolini is a traitor who wishes to be dictator, and those supporting him have to have a criminal nature in order to excuse all his criminality in the interest of… what, really? Bigotry is all we see attracting them.

    Kill a few immigrant children, try to throw millions off their healthcare access, create international havoc in support of the hostile powers treasonously catered to by Trumpolini.

    Pretend somehow the Democrats are the problem. Deflect all you like, but Trumpolini is going to be removed for his crimes and treason, and any of you who think to rise up for your “2nd Civil War” will be put down like the rabid dogs you are.