by WorldTribune Staff, August 22, 2018
President Donald Trump “is in the clear” after former Trump attorney Michael Cohen on Aug. 21 pleaded guilty to criminal offenses that “don’t exist,” radio host Mark Levin said on Fox News’s “Hannity”.
Cohen pleaded guilty to charges of campaign finance violations, tax evasion, and false statements to a financial institution.
Cohen also alleged that, during the 2016 presidential election, Trump directed him to pay hush money to women whom Trump had affairs with to buy their silence.
“I wanna help the law professors, the constitutional experts, the criminal defense lawyers, the former prosecutors, and of course the professors, I wanna help them understand what the law is,” Levin said. “The general counsel for the Clinton mob family, Lanny Davis, he had his client plead to two counts of criminality that don’t exist.”
Levin said that “Just because a prosecutor says that somebody violated a campaign law doesn’t make it so. He’s not the judge; he’s not the jury. We didn’t adjudicate anything. It never went to court.”
Levin explained that a campaign expenditure under U.S. campaign finance law is an expenditure “solely for campaign activity.” He argued that any supposed reimbursement Trump paid to Cohen with his own money after Cohen paid off Stormy Daniels or any other woman who slept with the president is “perfectly legal.”
“A candidate who spends his own money, or even corporate money, for an event that occurred not as a result of the campaign – it is not a campaign expenditure,” Levin said.
“Nothing here was spent out of the campaign. Nothing was done with the campaign or to the campaign. Lanny Davis had his client plead guilty to two offenses that aren’t offenses that the prosecutor insisted were offenses. That’s why he’s no good.”
Levin added: “Donald Trump’s in the clear. Let’s say Donald Trump even directed Michael Cohen to make payments in nondisclosure agreements. So what? He’s allowed to do that.”
Levin concluded by addressing the news media directly:
“I want the news media to understand – you know what took place in the southern district of New York? Nothing that matters. Zippo. There was no violation of campaign laws. Lanny Davis blew it.”