The media, Mueller and the Democrats are always talking about campaign finance reporting violations as grave offenses, but the one person they aren’t talking about is Hillary Clinton — instead, it’s all about Donald Trump.
Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s sentencing memorandum for former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen repeated the claims that Cohen violated campaign finance rules at the direction of then-Republican candidate Donald Trump.
The media and the Democrats are delighted, with incoming House Judiciary Chair Jerry Nadler (D-NY) calling the alleged crimes “impeachable offenses,” and incoming House Intelligence Chair Adam Schiff speculating about jail time.
However, it’s not clear that Donald Trump actually broke the law.
For starters, the main talking point of payment of alleged “hush money” had a personal purpose which was
Alan Dershowitz notes that when the claims first surfaced, “if Cohen was merely acting as a lawyer for Trump and advancing the payments, with an expectation of repayment, then it would be hard to find a campaign finance crime other than failure to report by the campaign.” He added: “Failure to report all campaign contributions is fairly common in political campaigns in the United States.”
Importantly, it is a matter of public record that Hillary Clinton’s campaign and the Democratic National Committee (DNC) paid Fusion GPS via an intermediary, the Perkins Coie law firm, to conduct opposition research on Donald Trump — which became the dubious Russia “dossier,” which led to the FBI investigation of Trump’s aides.
Furthermore, Hillary Clinton‘s campaign and the DNC falsely reported their expenditures to the Federal Election Commission (FEC) as “legal services.” The amount of money was in the range of several millions of dollars — more than ten times the $280,000 that Trump is alleged to have paid to women claiming to be his mistresses.
Wall Street Journal’s Kimberly Strassel noted back in August:
The Clinton campaign paid Fusion GPS to compile a dossier against Mr. Trump, a document that became the basis of the Russia narrative Mr. Mueller now investigates. But the campaign funneled the money to law firm Perkins Coie, which in turn paid Fusion. The campaign falsely described the money as payment for “legal services.” The Democratic National Committee did the same.
Prosecutors can claim all they want that they are applying the law equally, but if they only apply it to half the suspects, justice is not served. Mr. Mueller seems blind to the national need for—the basic expectation of—a thorough look into all parties.
Special Counsel Robert Mueller is not the only one who is ignoring all this. The media and the Democrats are purposely creating a double standard for one reason: to discredit and oust President Trump — for a likely non-crime, unrelated to Russia “collusion.”
Report by Jane Mitchell for MilneNews.com
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