Manafort and Cohen Convictions On This Day

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The Manafort conviction, of a sundry eight counts of tax evasion and bank fraud, seems like a big deal because there was so much fanfare, because the judge made a fool of himself a number of times, and because the jury took a while to decide. But the bigger event today was probably Cohen’s guilty plea to charges of tax evasion and election violations. That took much less time, no trial, presumably a bargain struck.

Here’s the important part: Michael Cohen, Donald Trump’s fixer and wise guy, pled guilty to paying off two women to keep them silent about affairs they had had with Trump, in coordination with Trump. Cohen explicitly said that he participated in this silencing arrangement “for the principal purpose of influencing the election.” So there you go.

Cohen will probably spend 3 years or so in the stir for that set of guilty pleas (which also involved tax fraud). It remains to be seen how much the former candidate, who apparently colluded, to use a certain term, with Cohen in that matter, will spend in prison. Keep in mind, of course, that the federal election law violation may be only a small part of Cohen’s likely multi-year conviction.

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79 thoughts on “Manafort and Cohen Convictions On This Day

  1. They tried to go after John Edwards by turning a sex scandal into a campaign finance violation. Result was a hung jury and eventual dropping of charges, and that was after needing the argument that it was campaign related because of Edwards’s reputation as a family man.

    Michael Cohen’s plea where they had him dead to rights on tax evasion doesn’t change that.

    Now a former head of the FEC Bradley Smith has given a detailed explanation of why this isn’t a campaign finance violation.

    You might try to learn this stuff, or you can just do another Wiley Coyote jump off the cliff.

  2. How about Obomba “the drama” record fine to the FEC for campain finance violations,
    which WERE NEVER MADE PUBLIC.

  3. Oh look, whataboutism already.

    * * *

    If it was a crime for Cohen to arrange the payments, it was a crime for Trump to instruct him to do so. QED.

    You scum are going to have to face the facts one day – your man is a criminal. And this is just the start.

  4. I am glad scum was not plural, BBD; which means I posses it.

    “If it was a crime for Cohen to arrange the payments, it was a crime for Trump to instruct him to do so. QED. ”

    Bloke, have you ever appeared in a court as a defendant? Have yous ever
    heard of the expression “he had a record as long as your arm.”

    Since plead agreements are used to reduce court cases, BBD, typically
    the Persecutor loads the defended up with multi-charges. Then during
    negotiations, they will offer to drop some, if the defendant pleas
    guilty to others. Conviction – with no expensive trial.

    Heinrich Mueller wants a Trump link – thus the campain violation.

    Do not forget your hero, Obomba “the drama” plead guilty to these
    charges by the FEC and received a record fine – with escapes you.

    1. Heinrich Mueller wants a Trump link – thus the campain violation.

      It was a fucking crime, you muppet. Cohen was found guilt of election tampering in 2016 – and stated that he was ordered to do it by Trump. Can’t you understand even the simplest things?

    2. “Do not forget your hero, Obomba “the drama” plead guilty to these
      charges by the FEC and received a record fine – with escapes you.”

      Not even close to the same you lying pig shit. From the noted left-wing rag the Wall Street Journal:

      President mentions Obama campaign’s breaches—but those were found to be inadvertent; Trump’s ex-lawyer faces prison for ‘knowing and willful’ violations.

      We know you racist scum hate the fact that President Obama was elected, was able to speak well, and led with dignity, but most of all that he isn’t white. Your ignorance and low IQ combine to make it incredibly easy to prove false.

      We already know from your “civil war if Trump is impeached” bull that your claims to love the Constitution are fake. Now it seems you don’t care for the legal system — at least when whites are held to account. No surprise, since personal responsibility is among the things the modern right lacks.

  5. Name calling. Check.
    What aboutism. Check.
    Citing a prominent and influential extremist. Check.
    Outright lying (…never made public…). Check.
    More name calling. Check.
    Not facing the fact that Trump has surrounded himself with criminals. Check.
    Soto voce racism. Check.
    Image vandalizing. Check.
    Very weak sauce, all that.

    Nixon was at least honorable enough and respectful enough of the country to step down when he got caught. I expect that the final removal process for Trump could be more prolonged and a lot messier. Kind of like a poorly shucked clam. But hey, Bob Mueller looks like he may just be the world master of the legal clam knife.

  6. Oh boy. Here we go again.
    “Mr. Edwards was not convicted — the jury acquitted him on one of the counts and could not come to a decision on the rest of them. But, Mr. Ryan said, prosecutors in New York “have a much stronger case for a variety of reasons against Team Trump.”

    Mr. Edwards’s case — the first of its kind and therefore, the only actual template for the New York prosecutors — centered on some $1 million that two of his supporters provided to finance an elaborate scheme portraying Mr. Edwards’s mistress, Rielle Hunter, as the lover of Mr. Edwards’s aide Andrew Young.

    The Edwards prosecutors argued that the $1 million that Mr. Edwards’s donors gave to the cover-up — which included a claim that Mr. Young was the father of the baby Ms. Hunter had with Mr. Edwards — was, in effect, a political donation.

    To bring criminal charges, prosecutors had to show that the money was spent primarily to protect Mr. Edwards’s candidacy. In making his plea on Tuesday, Mr. Cohen said, outright, that his activity was to influence the election and that he did it at Mr. Trump’s direction.”
    https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/21/us/politics/cohen-trump-indicted.html

    Though there are similarities, the cases are not the same. Again: “Mr. Cohen said, outright, that his activity was to influence the election and that he did it at Mr. Trump’s direction.”
    The verdict of legal experts is more or less unanimous:
    https://www.vox.com/2018/8/21/17765566/michael-cohen-plea-deal-trump-mueller
    The Bradley Smith statement is from March and predates Cohen’s confession. Using it in the current situation is disingenuous.

    This is the best account I’ve seen thus far:
    With Michael Cohen’s Guilty Plea, President Trump Has Been Implicated in a Criminal Conspiracy
    https://www.newyorker.com/news-desk/swamp-chronicles/the-president-has-been-implicated-in-a-criminal-conspiracy

    1. “Mr. Cohen said, outright, that his activity was to influence the election and that he did it at Mr. Trump’s direction.”

      Yes, Cohen figured he could get a better deal by implicating Trump. That doesn’t make it a fact.
      Do you concede then that without this statement from Cohen there is no campaign finance violation?
      The donors in the Edwards case were declared by FEC as not having committed a campaign finance violation, and if Cohen wasn’t staring at 50 years in prison for tax evasion, he would have fought the campaign finance violation charges and won. The other charge is also questionable. By this logic Avenatti could be charged for the Anderson Cooper interview of Stormy Daniels.

    2. Do you concede then that without this statement from Cohen there is no campaign finance violation?

      No, because there’s other evidence that Trump broke election law by paying hush money. And we haven’t even started on the fact that he knew about the Russian meeting at TT and didn’t call the FBI, which is, of course, collusion.

  7. If Trump had listed the payment on campaign finance disclosures, avoiding the current claim of a campaign finance violation that liberals are jumping on to ‘Get Trumpf’, then the pundits would claim this was an illegal campaign expense for a personal expenditure, paying to keep an affair quiet, and all the liberals would jump on board and insist that was the case, to “Get Trumpf”.

    1. He’s a fucking crook, Mike. Like his associates. Deal with it. Instead of making endless pathetic excuses for the man.

    2. Yes, Cohen figured he could get a better deal by implicating Trump.

      Rash assertion, especially when there is nothing Cohen or his lawyer have said that supports it.

  8. If Cohen’s act was really a campaign finance violation, why didn’t Mueller keep it the way he kept Manafort? Why did he feel the need to hand it off, when the 2016 campaign is more relevant to special counsel remit than bank fraud and tax fraud?

    1. If Cohen’s act was really a campaign finance violation

      It *was* a campaign finance violation. Reality check, Mike. The verdicts are in. Come on.

    2. It is interesting how the conspiratorial minded jump to make assertions that the verdict doesn’t mean what the verdict actually means, and that there has to be some mysterious force that caused a result they said wasn’t possible.

      When did the right decide they don’t like either the Constitution or due process?

    3. When did the right decide they don’t like either the Constitution or due process?

      A slippery slope that might have started when the right decided it didn’t like science. I leave it to future PhD candidates in Applied Bullshit to sort out the causal chain 🙂

  9. “Yes, Cohen figured he could get a better deal by implicating Trump. That doesn’t make it a fact.”
    Show evidence that Cohen said, “I could get a better deal by implicating Trump.” Conspiratorial mind-reading, “Cohen figured,” doesn’t work.

    “Do you concede then that without this statement from Cohen there is no campaign finance violation?”
    No. Uninvolved observers don’t know what evidence the raids got , but Cohen does. There is, of course, the possibility that Cohen is confessing to something he knows the prosecutors already know. This is fairly standard procedure. As BBD wrote, there’s other corroborating evidence, and this would also include statements by Giuliani and the released tape. The idea that Cohen’s payment of hush money at that particular time wasn’t made to influence the election is absurd.

    “If Cohen’s act was really a campaign finance violation, why didn’t Mueller keep it the way he kept Manafort?”
    One reason could be to avoid that Trump corruptly used his pardon authority to save himself. Even if Trump succeeds in eliminating Mueller, he’s still stuck, and I imagine his lawyers have informed him of this.

    1. Trump can still pardon. It’s still a federal case. SDNY is federal.

      And that makes it all okay.

      Dear God.

  10. Trump can still pardon,…

    Sadly, it is believable that it isn’t just the local conspiracy lover that thinks none of these prosecutions are justified so pardons should be done to restore justice.

    No sense of responsibility, no sense of justice. That’s what happens when you push false stories of evil doing by HRC (and her foundation), then have real wrongdoing discovered on your side. (And, when you’re still butthurt that a black man was allowed to walk into the front door of the White House, and perform better than his predecessor and successor, it must really sting.)

    1. While I don’t think pardons are a ridiculous idea, that wasn’t my point.

      Read it in context, what was being replied to.

  11. So, MikeN has given up attempts to equate Edwards and Trump. He has no evidence that Cohen dishonestly implicated Trump. His claim, “without this statement from Cohen there is no campaign finance violation,” is only meaningful if one is prepared to ignore all of the other evidence, including the fact that Trump has retreated from his original denials and changed his story several times. Proof doesn’t have to consist of one conclusive piece of evidence, but can also be various pieces of evidence that fit together and form a cogent whole. In this case it seems that prosecutors have both.

    I made a mistake regarding the jurisdiction of this specific Cohen case, but the bigger picture is that Trump could be prosecuted at the state level, so his pardon power has limited value. This and other problems related to a presidential pardon are described in this article:
    https://www.vox.com/2018/6/1/17413062/trump-pardon-dsouza-manafort-mueller-cohen
    And one more thing: I didn’t mention that handing the case over to prosecutors in New York was a way of avoiding political attacks on the Mueller investigation. In light of the obsequiousness and contortional dishonesty of Trump’s supporters, this is an unfortunate but necessary consideration.

    MikeN’s way of reacting is pathological. He’s incapable of acknowledging that his arguments can’t be substantiated. He ignores rebuttals and simply moves to a new line of defense. In this respect, he’s as slimy as Trump.

    Finally, the Obama and Trump campaign finance violations are not comparable.
    “…while the Obama campaign’s violations were serious, they fall into a category that campaign finance lawyers call routine violations, said Larry Noble, who served as the FEC’s general counsel from 1987 to 2000. These violations would be a failure to file reports in a timely fashion or inadvertent receipt of excessive contributions. But the violations Cohen admitted to in court, of which he likely has evidence, are not routine; they are admitted felonies.
    “The Obama campaign was not found to have “knowingly and willfully” violated campaign finance law while Cohen admitted to the court that he did “knowingly and willfully” break the law and that Trump directed him to do so. Whether or not something is done knowingly and willfully is what separates an improper action from being a civil infraction or a criminal law violation.”
    https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/donald-trump-felony-campaign-finance_us_5b7dae00e4b0348585fcea35?guccounter=1

    1. What was obvious before is even more obvious now: Trump is the boss who demands omertà:

      “Some legal experts said the president’s words and his view on the predicaments of members of his inner circle were striking for their similarity to the culture of organized crime.
      “By crediting Paul Manafort for not ‘breaking’ and chastising Michael Cohen for showing an interest in cooperating, he’s really adopting the language and the sentiment of prizing what the mob would call a ‘stand-up guy’ — someone who takes your rap and goes to jail because of your loyalty to the mob, rather than to your own family,” said Daniel S. Goldman, a former federal prosecutor who worked on organized crime cases in the Southern District of New York. “The parallel is to a mob boss who expects the loyalty oath from his soldiers.””

      There are a couple of other things that are interesting here. One is Trump’s assertion that Manafort is being treated worse than Al Capone, which isn’t a comparison most people would make, and suggests Trump’s ties to organized crime. The other is Trump’s growing tendency to accuse his legal adversaries of McCarthyism. This is especially delectable because Trump’s most notable mentor was Roy Cohn, who as a young lawyer was McCarthy’s henchman and whose later clients included prominent mobsters.

  12. “It was a fucking crime, you muppet. Cohen was found guilt of election tampering in 2016 – and stated that he was ordered to do it by Trump. Can’t you understand even the simplest things?”

    You could at least give my muppet a name, Your Squireship.

    “If it was a crime for Cohen to arrange the payments, it was a crime for Trump to instruct him to do so. QED.”

    You are a collection of unbridled ignorance. The Judas’ payments were not
    illegal nor a campaign violation. It is a not violation to speak with foreigners;
    foreigners can even work for an election campaign as long as there is no
    payment nor other forms of compensation.

    Furthermore blokie, another person is not guilty of a violation because
    of an association; but then that is the mentally of the collectivist mind.

    You clearly need more work to become a legal scholar; maybe with the
    brilliant mind of K9 dean, your good fellow sockmuppet.

    Hear is all 250 plus pages of regulations which you lefties love
    to create.

    https://www.fec.gov/resources/cms-content/documents/feca.pdf

    Yes, indeed, more regulations, more violations and bigger government
    units. It is an orgasm for Socshevikes.

    BTW, no comments about minority

    1. You are a collection of unbridled ignorance. The Judas’ payments were not
      illegal nor a campaign violation.

      The verdict was guilty, you delusional moron.

  13. BTW, no comments about minority crimes in GB? No rebuttals?

    K9 dean, said you are a highly educated blokie, Your Squireship.

    1. BTW, no comments about minority crimes in GB? No rebuttals?

      I sorted your lying racist shit out already. Read the words.

    1. “The fucking trolling in here is getting a bit much.

      Just saying.”

      Buy some bait and go fishing, since you generally
      have little to add!

      Just saying.

  14. “President mentions Obama campaign’s breaches—but those were found to be inadvertent;”

    Link(s) because I do not trust the lying, lynching left. (K9 dean is
    an excellent example)

    “We know you racist scum hate the fact that President Obama was elected, was able to speak well, and led with dignity, but most of all that he isn’t white. Your ignorance and low IQ combine to make it incredibly easy to prove false. ”

    More hateful rhetoric by Dr K9 dean; a supporting member of the
    Southern Poverty (really rich) Law Center.

    “We already know from your “civil war if Trump is impeached” bull”
    NEVER SAID DAT

    “your claims to love the Constitution are fake”

    when has this website either authored an article on the Constitution?
    when have I ever spoke about the Constitution other than stating
    I am a Constitutionalist?

    ” Now it seems you don’t care for the legal system — at least when whites are held to account.”

    You and Heinrich Meuller only care for the legal system with prosecuting.

    “No surprise, since personal responsibility is among the things the modern right lacks.”

    You are one disturbed and deft person.

    I just dissected, K9 dean, post to show that this bloke
    is a congenital leftest liar.

    Truth by with you, K9 dean.

    1. when have I ever spoke about the Constitution other than stating
      I am a Constitutionalist?

      You are nothing of the kind. You support those who traduce the Constitution on a routine basis. We’ve been through this already. If anything, you are a traitor.

    2. Truth by with you…

      As you routinely demonstrate, your grammar is as crappy as everything else about you.

  15. “Name calling. Check.
    What aboutism. Check.
    Citing a prominent and influential extremist. Check.
    Outright lying (…never made public…). Check.
    More name calling. Check.
    Not facing the fact that Trump has surrounded himself with criminals. Check.
    Soto voce racism. Check.
    Image vandalizing. Check.”

    Stevep, was just admitted to a mental health institution. Check.

  16. Here is a Constitutional question for our legal scholar, K9 dean,
    would you support or oppose a tax on firearms and ammunition?

    1. Sure — same as tax on any other commodity sold. What kind of an idiot wouldn’t tax sales of non-food items?

  17. “You are nothing of the kind. You support those who traduce the Constitution on a routine basis. We’ve been through this already. If anything, you are a traitor.”

    Are you K9 dean’s spokebloke? You are a terrible mess, Your Squireship.

  18. “Wow. A racist arsehole know-nothing liar with ideas above its station.”‘

    You and K9 dean, must have gone to the same failing grammar skcool.

    Your Squireship, are you turning from intelligent debate to
    gutter conversation? I had hope for you, unlike K9 dean, but
    it appears you are now devoid of any reasonable reasoning.

    Cognizany impairment, anyone?

    Are you currently on station?

    1. You and K9 dean, must have gone to the same failing grammar skcool.

      Coming from a subliterate clown like you who can neither spell, correctly select vocabulary, nor manage syntax, this is almost funny. Self-awareness isn’t really your thing, is it, Billy boy?

  19. How about this Constitutional question, BBD, should drivers whom
    are stop on the suspension of driving drunk and refuse a chemical
    test, be charged for the crime of refusing?

    His Squireship will not debate this question either.

    A previous Constitutional question to him/her resulted in this
    reply:

    “Coming from a subliterate clown like you who can neither spell, correctly select vocabulary, nor manage syntax, this is almost funny. Self-awareness isn’t really your thing, is it, Billy boy?”

    1. How about this Constitutional question, BBD, should drivers whom
      are stop on the suspension of driving drunk and refuse a chemical
      test, be charged for the crime of refusing?

      See? Subliterate drivel. Not worthy of a response until written in English, Billy boy. And being some sort of Eastern European or Russian troll, you are going to struggle with that, aren’t you?

    2. should drivers whom
      are stop
      on the suspension of driving drunk and refuse a chemical
      test, be charged for the crime of refusing?

      Holy god you are an imbecile.

  20. ” Lanny Davis is a registered foreign agent for Dmytro Firtash, a pro-Russia Ukrainian oligarch wanted by the US government”

    https://twitter.com/JackPosobiec/status/1032311832025935872

    One nation under God and Justice for all?

    Davis, a Hilary hack; Heinrich Mueller a demco partisan and
    their overlord Rosestein up to his neck to bring down the
    Donald.

    The only thing that is fair is the state fair.

    1. Holy fuck assbag, jack posobiec, noted troll, white supremacist, and worse — he’s as vile and dishonest as you are. I can see why you would have a man crush on someone like that, but why do you think any sane person believes a word he writes?

    2. I’d not come across this Posobiec idiot before so I looked him up. And oh dear, oh dear. Pizzagate, Infowars, and the Rebel Media (which is the same bunch of white supremacist / anti-Islam hate-peddlers that employ our very own hate monger ‘Tommy Robinson’ as he pretends to be called).

      And Billy the Arse thinks linking to this shitbag’s Twitter feed is somehow a good idea?

      That’s not just stupid, it’s willfully, self-harmingly moronic.

    3. BBD could I ask you something. Simple yes or no will be quite ok.
      Does the name Tommy Robinson ring a bell for you? Seem sorta vaguely familiar?
      I’ve got a theory about that name Yaxley_Lennon has adopted . Cheers if you can find time to reply.

    4. Well, there was the Tom Robinson Band, back in the 80s, but I can’t really see the connection?

    5. Always happy to help where I can – curious to know your theory about ‘Tommy Robinson’ though…

    6. I find it extraordinarily coincidental that it’s the same name as the oppressed, falsely accused, in To Kill a Mockingbird.

    7. Is it now? I haven’t read that in decades – didn’t remember the name. Interesting. Thanks. Not sure our ‘Tommy’ has ever read a book, mind you.

    8. It’s only a theory and I could be wrong. But because all the little shitbags feel so oppressed all the time it sorta makes sense to choose a name that is publically identified with oppression. He coulda chosen Anne Frank as a name.
      He dosnt have to have different names at all. Ive only got one name. Everyone i know only has one name. He’s just playing weird psychological games because that’s the sort of thing fuckwits like him do.

  21. Name calling. Check.
    What aboutism. Check.
    Feigned outrage at a perfectly legal arrangement. Check.
    Misquoting the pledge of allegiance just for luls. Check.
    More name calling. Check.
    Not facing the fact that Trump has surrounded himself with criminals. Check.
    Soto voce antisemitism. Check.
    Remuneration from Russian pay masters. Check.

  22. “Holy fuck assbag, jack posobiec, noted troll, white supremacist, and worse — he’s as vile and dishonest as you are. I can see why you would have a man crush on someone like that, but why do you think any sane person believes a word he writes?”

    K9 dean old bean, why do you think any sane person
    believe a word you write?

    All you ever do, is to lie about peoples character. You never speak
    of the issues because your general points of views are nonsense.
    Keep your blabber, as it just drives folks away from loose screws
    like you.

    1. So no defense for having to share a white hood with your referenced blogger eh? What a surprise.

      If you don’t like being known as a racist, bigot, liar, and person with no integrity — try to make yourself better. Until then — keep backing up your “arguments” with references to others who are in the same gutter as you, and you’ll keep, and deserve, your reputation.

  23. “See? Subliterate drivel. Not worthy of a response until written in English, Billy boy. And being some sort of Eastern European or Russian troll, you are going to struggle with that, aren’t you?”

    Good excuse you bloody bloke. You are either completely ignorant
    or got cold feet.

    If you can not understand the question, then you are a product
    of the English public skcool system.

    BTW, the black government of South Africa is seizing white owned
    farms; kilting anyone whom resist.

    Any outcries from the lefties and their Insane Clown Passe??

    Any outcries of RACISM??

    1. Good excuse you bloody bloke. You are either completely ignorant
      or got cold feet.

      What’s the point in even talking to you?

      You are a vicious, ignorant, racist liar. Nothing anyone here can say to you will change that.

      So feel free to fuck off.

    2. kilting anyone whom resist.

      I’m not sure what the purpose of putting people into kilts against their will might be, but it does sound, um, embarrassing.

      whom — go back to the person who informed you this is a word and have that person teach you when it should be used.

      Also — while it is clear that you failed in the “education system” offered to you (I’m guessing it was a functionally illiterate parent who “home schooled” you for a couple years), realize that the rest of us did not fail in their education systems. The fact that you are a pitiful excuse for a human is your responsibility.

    3. “kilting anyone whom resist.”

      Seizing the farms is wrong, as the years of white rule was wrong.

      The “killing any who resist” but, which is what you probably meant, if false, a lie spread first by Fox news and picked up by the asshole who is our president.

  24. Cosmiccomics, kudos to you for understanding my comment about pardons, unlike some of the others.

    A reasonable point about wanting to avoid the attacks on Mueller, but in that case Manafort should have been handed off too. It is possible his links with all these intelligence types would fit into the Russian interference in elections.

    1. “A reasonable point about wanting to avoid the attacks on Mueller, but in that case Manafort should have been handed off too.”

      No. According to your logic Mueller should hand off everything, thereby neutering the investigation. This, I believe is the end you want – not justice, but a subversion of justice that protects Trump. Because of the perverse state of American politics Mueller has to both prove the validity of the investigation, which he’s done by getting a jury to convict Manafort, and make sure that a political decision to end the Mueller Investigation doesn’t end the investigative process. The threat against the investigation appears to be growing because it’s gotten results and now constitutes a threat to Republican positions of power. Also, after a period of decline, popular support for the investigation is increasing,
      “Key senators signal that if Trump were to want a new attorney general — one with the power to fire Robert Mueller — they’d confirm him.”
      https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2018/8/23/17773828/trump-fire-sessions-senate-mueller
      This is also relevant:
      “President Trump brings mafia ethics to the GOP”
      https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2018/08/23/president-trump-brings-mafia-ethics-to-the-gop/?utm_term=.dca496f92b15

    2. Nah. Lindsey Graham is just mad at how much Jeff Sessions isn’t allowing open borders. He is better known as Senator Grahamnesty.

  25. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dmytro_Firtash
    Dmytro Firtash is a pro-Russian Ukrainian oligarch who has retained Lanny Davis as a registered foreign agent.
    He is wanted in the US on what appear to be trumped up charges, but I am not familiar with how much the US cares about bribery by foreigners in other countries, as Firtash is accused. Spain also wants him for extradition.

    Lanny Davis is working for Michael Cohen pro bono. Thus a zealous prosecutor could argue that pro-Russian oligarch Dmytro Firtash is paying for Michael Cohen’s legal defense. Since Trump has filed papers for 2020, this would constitute paying money to influence a federal election by pro-Russian oligarch Dmytro Firtash.

    Lanny Davis probably hasn’t committed crimes for which he would serve decades in prison. But let’s say prosecutors have him followed, and he is caught on a trip from meeting with Michael Cohen in New York to a trip in DC to talk with officials about pro-Russian oligarch Dmytro Firtash going 76 on I-95. This carries a maximum sentence of one year in jail. Prosecutors could then charge Davis with this and whatever else they have on him, and then reach a plea where Lanny confesses to campaign finance violations, specifically assisting pro-Russian oligarch Dmytro Firtash in the influencing of a federal election.
    The charge itself is ridiculous, but the prosecutor would then have additional charges to place against Firtash and a stronger case for a successful extradition.

    1. You spin conspiracy after conspiracy and cling to the shot-to-hell nunes memo, and claim other things are ridiculous?

      I’d say I’m shocked, but that would be a lie: you’ve long ago crossed over to the “nothing but fiction” type of post.

    1. >Once the Clown Session gets fired

      LOL not going to happen. You think Trump just is so frustrated about Sessions and feels he can do nothing but tweet about it?

    2. What the stories are about is to tease people like Grahamnesty to endorse firing the immigration enforcer.

  26. GRAMMAR NAZI – Reich Marshall Dean

    “whom — go back to the person who informed you this is a word and have that person teach you when it should be used.

    Also — while it is clear that you failed in the “education system” offered to you (I’m guessing it was a functionally illiterate parent who “home schooled” you for a couple years), realize that the rest of us did not fail in their education systems. The fact that you are a pitiful excuse for a human is your responsibility.”

    LEAVE POSTER’S PARENTS OFF THE SLUR LIST – YOU PECKERHEAD.

    “Actor Chris Evans went after President Donald Trump on Twitter this week, saying that the president doesn’t “read shit.”

    In response to President Trump misspelling the word “counsel” in a tweet, Evans tweeted, “It’s ‘counsel’, Biff. The word is ‘counsel’. I was trying to comprehend how in the world a man, even as moronic as you, can misspell a word he probably reads fifty times a day. But then it dawned on me, you probably only HEAR the word. You don’t read shit. And we all know it.”

    LITTLE d and bbd are grammar NAZI as is most of the lefties.

    1. Listen, racist scum, you come here peddling some of the vilest shit I’ve seen in a while so you get to make no special pleading about not having your pwecious feelings hurt.

      Don’t like it? Take my advice and fuck off elsewhere.

    2. LITTLE d and bbd are grammar NAZI as is most of the lefties.

      No, we’re just not subliterate morons like you and yours. Also, English is our first language, something I do not think is true for you.

    3. You must have missed my comment not too long ago where I pretty much said I don’t give a rat’s arse about grammar, spelling or punctuation. I’m quite able to get the gist of almost any comment.
      Or for that matter speaking face to face with someone. I’m totally at home with being around illiterate and innumerate
      people or people for whom English is their second or third or fourth language.
      Get fucked cockhead for attempting to call me out for something blatantly false.
      I havnt even said nothing about you calling me little instead of Li, because it’s no biggie to me that you mispronounce it or it’s your spell check thingie that some people use.
      Get fucked again for good measure.
      I get how stories about RSA politics draw fuckwits in like flies. It’s a chance to be edgy and cool and subvertly racist all at once. Not into that crap from you or anyone.

      That said, I imagine Greg has taken heaps of photos and if you got any of cycads in RSA I’d love to see them on your blog. Palms suck. Cycads rock.

    4. Oh for fucks sake. This isn’t the current RSA blog that I was just looking at. Got confused. Ignore RSA bit.
      Get fucked again anyhow.

  27. Professor Dean English, wish for me to clear up the
    use of who or whom.

    https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/usage/who-or-whom

    Those whom or who fail Professor Dean’s exercise (yes he is really
    exercised over this) will report to the study hall for several hours
    of Trump highlight videos, of his successful presidential campaign.
    You can also elect ten minutes of waterboarding.

    Which is it: who is on first base or whom is on first base?

    I really do respict (a Rev Sharptonizm) Professor Dean.

  28. “You must have missed my comment not too long ago where I pretty much said I don’t give a rat’s arse about grammar, spelling or punctuation. I’m quite able to get the gist of almost any comment.
    Or for that matter speaking face to face with someone. I’m totally at home with being around illiterate and innumerate
    people or people for whom English is their second or third or fourth language.”

    little d, drinks are on me. I completely agree with that assessment.

    Furthermore, if I falsely charged you, then please forgive me.

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