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Andrew C. McCarthy: Why Trump is likely to be indicted by Manhattan US Attorney
FoxNews.com ^ | Dec 8, 2018 | Andrew McCarthy | Fox News

Posted on 12/09/2018 8:29:55 AM PST by ETL

The major takeaway from the 40-page sentencing memorandum filed by federal prosecutors Friday for Michael Cohen, President Trump’s former personal attorney, is this: The president is very likely to be indicted on a charge of violating federal campaign finance laws.

It has been obvious for some time that President Trump is the principal subject of the investigation still being conducted by the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York.

Cohen earlier pleaded guilty to multiple counts of business and tax fraud, violating campaign finance law, and making false statements to Congress regarding unsuccessful efforts to build a Trump Tower in Moscow.

Yes, Cohen has stated he did the hands-on work in orchestrating hush-money payments to two women who claim to have had sexual liaisons with Trump many years ago (liaisons Trump denies).

But when Cohen pleaded guilty in August, prosecutors induced him to make an extraordinary statement in open court: the payments to the women were made “in coordination with and at the direction of” the candidate for federal office – Donald Trump.

Prosecutors would not have done this if the president was not on their radar screen. Indeed, if the president was not implicated, I suspect they would not have prosecuted Cohen for campaign finance violations at all. Those charges had a negligible impact on the jail time Cohen faces, which is driven by the more serious offenses of tax and financial institution fraud, involving millions of dollars. ..."

In marked contrast, though, when it was discovered that Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign was guilty of violations involving nearly $2 million – an amount that dwarfs the $280,000 in Cohen’s case – the Obama Justice Department decided not to prosecute. Instead, the matter was quietly disposed of by a $375,000 fine by the Federal Election Commission.

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"In marked contrast, though, when it was discovered that Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign was guilty of violations involving nearly $2 million – an amount that dwarfs the $280,000 in Cohen’s case – the Obama Justice Department decided not to prosecute. Instead, the matter was quietly disposed of by a $375,000 fine by the Federal Election Commission."
1 posted on 12/09/2018 8:29:55 AM PST by ETL
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To: ETL

McCarthy has to lay off the grain alcohol.


2 posted on 12/09/2018 8:31:03 AM PST by DarthVader (Not by speeches & majority decisions will the great issues of today be decided but by Blood & Iron)
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To: ETL

Guilty by being Trump ?


3 posted on 12/09/2018 8:32:01 AM PST by butlerweave
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To: ETL

Because the Manhattan District Attorney is a Democrat Party hack?


4 posted on 12/09/2018 8:33:20 AM PST by BenLurkin (The above is not a statement of fact. It is either satire or opinion. Or both.)
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To: ETL

IIRC, you can’t indict a sitting U.S. president.


5 posted on 12/09/2018 8:35:12 AM PST by RoosterRedux ("Workers of the world unite"...behind Trump.)
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To: ETL
This is total BS! 😡
6 posted on 12/09/2018 8:35:33 AM PST by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped)
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To: DarthVader

McCarthy has a brilliant legal mind. I wouldn’t dismiss anything he says, especially with something this flippant.


7 posted on 12/09/2018 8:36:16 AM PST by SleeperCatcher
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To: ETL

I agree.

They’ll indict then use the indictment as leverage against wobbly Senators after the House votes for impeachment.

President Trump is going to be forced out of office and no one in Washington is going to lift a finger to prevent it.

We’re witnessing a coup...in slow motion .


8 posted on 12/09/2018 8:38:15 AM 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: ETL

bmp


9 posted on 12/09/2018 8:40:40 AM PST by gattaca ("Government's first duty is to protect the people, not run their lives." Ronald Reagan)
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To: SleeperCatcher; Despot of the Delta

Yeah but he does not know everything and the bad guys are going to get cut off before they can do a thing. That attorney in NY is going to get a visit himself and likely is going to be arrested.


10 posted on 12/09/2018 8:40:47 AM PST by DarthVader (Not by speeches & majority decisions will the great issues of today be decided but by Blood & Iron)
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To: ETL
that POS cohen can plead guilty to anything he wants, proving Trump was guilty of anything is another story...
11 posted on 12/09/2018 8:41:01 AM PST by Chode ( We’re America, Bitch!)
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To: ETL

It’s illegal for a Presidential candidate to earn his own money. Only people whose entire lives have been devoted to suckling at the government teat are qualified.


12 posted on 12/09/2018 8:41:53 AM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (Democracy dies when Democrats refuse to accept the result of a democratic election they didn't win.)
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To: DarthVader

The plan all along was to indict Trump. It will not succeed, but again, the plan has always been to disrupt the President’s ability to implement his agenda. In the regards, it has been a tremendous success for the Deep State. However, this President is not Nixon, and he will bring out the big guns. The war is about to begin. God bless our country.


13 posted on 12/09/2018 8:43:19 AM PST by richardtavor
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To: BenLurkin
Because the Manhattan District Attorney is a Democrat Party hack?

How does the Manhattan DA indict The President for federal crimes?! Is that not the purview of the US Attorney?

14 posted on 12/09/2018 8:43:42 AM PST by Rummyfan (In any war between the civilized man and the savage, support the civilized man. Support Israel.)
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To: SleeperCatcher

Coming from McCarthy it is not a trivial. That plus the Manhattan Atty. is a rat hack. I hope Trump is prepared for the war because it’s here. He could have stopped it by firing Rosenweasel a year ago. There would have no raid on Cohen’s office and the trashing of Trump’s atty/client privilege.


15 posted on 12/09/2018 8:44:05 AM PST by gibsonguy
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To: ETL; holdonnow

Mark Levin’s show is likely to be epic on Monday. He’s the one who has unearthed the two DOJ rulings that say a president CANNOT be indicted. Period. Full stop. And unless we are talking about the SDNY of say, Bangladesh, they can’t do it any more than Mueller can.


16 posted on 12/09/2018 8:45:27 AM PST by Dana1960
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To: ETL

They keep implying that the hush money was paid with campaign funds. I believe that would be a crime but they dance around and don’t say it outright. I don’t think that they can prove it. “Hush money “ is another way of saying a paid settlement with a confidentiality clause. Those agreements are entered into every day and are not illegal.


17 posted on 12/09/2018 8:45:40 AM PST by Spok
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To: DarthVader
“McCarthy has to lay off the grain alcohol.”

McCarthy is not advocating indictment; he explains the road map Dims are using.

He also explains likely responses by the President.

We all know the Dims are out to get the President, McCarthy provides some insights.

18 posted on 12/09/2018 8:47:52 AM PST by jeffersondem
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To: Bratch
We’re witnessing a coup...in slow motion .

If there is a coup, then maybe patriotic Americans should respond. We may need a reverse French Revolution as we are witnessing today's Democrat Jacobians destroy Pres. Trump and America.

19 posted on 12/09/2018 8:50:27 AM PST by Stepan12 (It is Civll War right now..)
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To: richardtavor

“. . . the plan has always been to disrupt the President’s ability to implement his agenda. In the regards, it has been a tremendous success for the Deep State.”

Correct in every detail.


20 posted on 12/09/2018 8:50:53 AM PST by jeffersondem
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