Liberal Heads Explode: "Trump In The Clear" Cohen Payment Is Not In-Kind Campaign Contribution

It's time to cut through the noise coming from a heavily biased mainstream media and provide some semblance of sanity after Tuesday's news involving former Trump lawyer, Michael Cohen.

Liberals Triggered in 3...2...1...Go!
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Cohen pleaded guilty to eight counts — two of which were campaign finance violations involving hush money for women alleging they had extramarital affairs with Trump.

Cohen believed the affairs could have been detrimental to the 2016 presidential campaign. He stated in court that he made the illegal campaign contributions "in coordination and at the direction of a candidate for federal office."

Naturally, the impeachment-obsessed left wants to know how that will lead to the downfall of President Trump.

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Sad news to report, libs. It won't.

Radio host and Constitutional lawyer Mark Levin went on Fox News with host Sean Hannity to discuss the case Tuesday evening. He revealed that the payments made by Cohen do not constitute an 'in-kind' campaign contribution and the President "is in the clear."

Constitutional lawyer Mark Levin remarked: ""A candidate who spends his own money or even corporate money for an event that occurred not as a result of the campaign is not a campaign expenditure,"Levin explained.

Guess what - Bradley Smith, former Chairman of the Federal Election Commission, concurs with Levin's statement that it does not amount to an in-kind contribution.

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"When the FEC wrote the regulation that says what constitutes campaign expenditures and what constitutes personal use," Smith said, "it rejected specifically the idea that a campaign expenditure was anything related to a campaign, and instead says it has to be something that exists only because of the campaign and solely for that reason."

Takeaways from this article

1- Those payments are not a crime.
2- Per former FEC chairman Bradley Smith, it’s not a campaign finance violation.
3-I’m sure a dirtbag attorney who tape records his own clients for blackmail purposes is clearly a trustworthy (sarcasm) individual.

Levin analyzed the Cohen guilty plea in layman's terms: " "Say a candidate had said we owe vendors a whole lot of money. We have had disputes with them. But I want you to go ahead and pay them. I’m a candidate, I don’t want the negative publicity. So he says to the private lawyer, you pay them, I’ll reimburse you, get it done. Is that illegal? It’s perfectly legal. Yet according to the prosecution of the Southern District of New York, it’s paid at the direction of the candidate to influence the election. Yes, Mr. Prosecutor, how stupid is your point?"

It's a pretty stupid point, of course, but one the media (@FactsMatters, @redsnapper, @SaremChuuk @LineralsInGeneral) will be harping on for the foreseeable future.

Another failed hope dashed away. This is the look of the micsem liberals at this very moment. But don't worry i just saved a punch of money on my car insurance by switching to Geico. Lol
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Harvard Law Professor Alan Dershowitz dismissed Cohen's admissions as being not "lethal" to Trump's presidency and instead insisted that campaign finance violations are the "jaywalking" of electoral politics.

Levin meanwhile concluded, "Just because a prosecutor says that somebody violated a campaign law doesn’t make it so."

Likewise, just because the media will tell you all day long that Cohen's plea will lead to impeachment, doesn't make it so.

https://menrec.com/levin-cohen-payment-is-not-in-kind-campaign-contribution-trump-in-the-clear/
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  • Then you should stfu until mueller report or indictment comes out.
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  • Lanny Davis Says He Was A Source For CNN’s Trump Tower Story (Part 1)

    Attorney Lanny Davis says he was an anonymous source in a July CNN story that reported his client, Michael Cohen, had privately claimed that President Trump had advance knowledge of the infamous Trump Tower meeting between his son and Russians — contradicting Davis's own words on CNN's air last week.

    In the story, Cohen was reported to claim he had personally witnessed Donald Trump Jr. informing then-candidate Trump about the June 2016 meeting. Such a claim from Cohen would directly contradict Trump’s statements about his knowledge of the meeting, where Russians were set to offer dirt on Hillary Clinton.

    CNN’s July 26 story has come under fresh scrutiny in recent days after Davis acknowledged he had served as an anonymous source for multiple news outlets who were seeking to confirm the CNN article in the hours after it published. Davis has backed away from the story in recent days, telling the Washington Post that he is not certain if the claim is accurate, and that he could not independently corroborate it.

    Last week, Davis told Anderson Cooper, “I think the reporting of the story got mixed up in the course of a criminal investigation. We were not the source of the story.”

    On Monday evening, Davis told BuzzFeed News that he regrets both his role as an anonymous source and his subsequent denial of his own involvement.

    Davis told BuzzFeed News that he did, in fact, speak anonymously to CNN for its story, which cited “sources with knowledge” — meaning more than one person.

    “I made a mistake,” Davis said. Regarding his comments about a month later to Cooper, he added, “I did not mean to be cute.”

    After Davis publicly backtracked from the claims, the New York Post and the Washington Post outed him as their confirming source and published apologies from Davis, a lawyer and communications expert who became well known for his work for Bill Clinton. The original CNN story — broadcast during Chris Cuomo’s prime-time show and written by Jim Sciutto, Marshall Cohen, and Watergate reporting legend Carl Bernstein — said that Davis had “declined to comment.” His involvement in the story, on so-called “background,” has not been previously reported.

    After publication of this story, Davis added to BuzzFeed News that he did not lie to Cooper, but that he "unintentionally misspoke."

    "We stand by our story, and are confident in our reporting of it,” a CNN spokesperson told BuzzFeed News.

    The unfolding saga around CNN’s July report highlights an uncomfortable reality for reporters in the Trump era — about the pitfalls of anonymous sourcing, the dangers of the reliance on capricious narrators, and what it means for news outlets when the backstory can matter as much as the story.

    As Trump-Russia bombshells often do, the story sparked a dash from media competitors to confirm the news. One by one — from NBC News to CBS News to the Washington Post — they did. When another outlet breaks a story, reporters tend to call up the requisite spokesperson to ask for comment. In this case, that spokesperson was Davis. BuzzFeed News wrote an article about CNN’s story, citing reporting from CNN and NBC News. (Neither Cohen nor his lawyers responded for comment for that BuzzFeed News story.)

    Even for the uninitiated Trump-Russia reader, CNN’s article appeared a clear message from the beleaguered Cohen team to the special counsel’s office. The story went a step further than just Cohen’s personal knowledge: Cohen, CNN’s sources said, was willing to make his claim to special counsel Robert Mueller. The article came amid the storm of legal troubles for the embattled Cohen, who weeks later pleaded guilty to eight federal crimes stemming from a separate investigation led by the US attorney’s office for the Southern District of New York.

    CNN’s story was made all the more convincing thanks to the series of mainstream media rivals “matching” elements of the account, thanks in large part to Davis, who had requested and received anonymity to confirm that CNN’s reporting was accurate. Trump, for his part, tweeted that he did not have prior knowledge about the meeting. His lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, sought to knock down the report, as did Trump Jr.

    About a month later, Cohen pleaded guilty to criminal charges, including campaign finance violations. Freed from self-imposed media silence, Davis began making the TV rounds to defend his client. He appeared across cable news and said that Cohen had information that would be of interest to Mueller, including what Trump knew of Russian hacking. But Davis’s complicated role in the Trump Tower story was about to become apparent after he appeared on CNN with Cooper.

    The host pressed Davis on a statement issued by Sens. Richard Burr and Mark Warner of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. The statement said that Cohen had told the committee in a sworn testimony that he learned of the Trump Tower meeting when it was reported in July of last year. Cooper asked how Cohen’s statement to the committee could be true if he also had prior knowledge of Trump’s awareness of the meeting.

    Davis responded that Cohen did not have any knowledge that Trump knew about the meeting. Davis has since told multiple outlets, including BuzzFeed News, that the Cohen camp could not seek to correct the CNN story at the time because it was in the midst of a criminal investigation.

    But Davis’s media tour set in motion his outing as a confirming source for other outlets following the Trump Tower story. Davis said he should have been much more clear to reporters that he did not personally know the information was accurate. “I’m glad to take ownership of the mistake. Now I’m taking the heat, and it’s justified,” Davis told BuzzFeed News.

    CNN’s decision to stand by the story has irked some staffers inside the network, which has taken strong action on errors in the past, forcing out three employees last summer over a bungled Trump-Russia article.

    The network, in effect, doesn’t appear to believe it made a mistake — the story was, some inside CNN argue, carefully worded to hedge against those in the Cohen camp changing their tune. In other words, the story reports claims that Cohen had said he was willing to make, not the underlying truth of those claims.

    The decision from CNN to continue to stand by the story suggests that it believes the strength of its other sources outweighs any waffling from Davis — or that the network believes Davis was telling the truth then, and not now. But Davis’s new statement that he was a source for a story he now refutes raises questions about what action, if any, the network might take.


  • Lanny Davis Says He Was A Source For CNN’s Trump Tower Story (Part 2)

    “We should address Lanny Davis’s comments in our reporting and be more transparent with our readers about our reporting,” one CNN staffer told BuzzFeed News.

    In recent days, conservative outlets such as the Daily Caller have hammered the network, claiming that Davis’s public admission of his involvement in confirming the story amounts to a debunking of the original story. The Daily Caller also criticized CNN host Brian Stelter for not asking Bernstein to defend the report when he appeared on the network’s weekly media show.

    Davis’s role in the CNN story also offers a window into the kind of anonymous sourcing common across newsrooms. Some news outlets have a policy to not let sources speak “on background” — that is, as a “person familiar with the matter” or some other unnamed moniker — and also be allowed to decline to comment on the record.

    In practice, however, reporters and sources often find a good degree of wiggle room, maneuvering that covers for anonymous sources but can also deceive readers over the provenance of information.

    Reporters will sometimes offer sources inelegant solutions, like allowing someone to decline to comment on a specific matter so as to allow them to become a background source on another piece of information the story. In the Washington Post’s case, for instance, Davis had declined to comment on the record, though he appeared as an anonymous source in the same story.
    https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/stevenperlberg/lanny-davis-cnn-trump-tower-story


  • @SaremChuuk and @FactsMatters any comment on this particular issue?

    @SaremChuuk, now that your story you posted here ->http://www.micronesiaforum.org/index.php?p=/discussion/18065/happening-in-trump-s-amerika-this-week-so-far-08-20-08-24-2018#latest , is false what since Cohens lawyer said its false and his client has no information about the meeteing. Will you correct the story or will be like CNN and stick by your flase fake story?

    Any thoughts on this breaking story @FactsMatters? You've been selling falsehood instead of facts.

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  • Of all places to go and read the news, you choose BuzzFeed !? Their 'journalism' is total garbage. Blatantly biased, no form of critical thinking is permitted. All news articles have been twisted to stir emotions and attract attention just like clickbait!

    Mainly opinions and click bait titles. Full of hyperbole and useless pieces of journalism. Buzzfeed is a less credible source than Fox News or any other TV news station. Their articles appeal to the dumbest common demoninator on Facebook by getting people to click on "12 reasons why everyone should become transgender."
  • And then there is your other reliable "news source,", appropriately named The Mental Recession. lol

    It's motto is "We're fighting liberalism ... in all 57 states."

    Trump doesn't know the correct color pattern of the American flag but at least he knows there are 50 U.S. states, not 57.

    What a joke.
  • edited August 29
    Lets let the facts weigh n shall we @FactsMatters

    1. Washington Times: Cohen lawyer Lanny Davis walks back claim Trump had prior knowledge of Russia meeting
    NEW YORK — Another day, another twist in what Michael Cohen may - or may not - know about Donald Trump, Russian dirt and the 2016 election.

    Cohen’s lawyer, Lanny Davis, is walking back his assertions that his client, the president’s former “fixer,” could tell a special prosecutor that Trump had prior knowledge of a meeting with a Russian lawyer to get damaging information on Hillary Clinton.
    https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2018/aug/27/lanny-davis-michael-cohens-lawyer-walks-back-claim/


    2. The Washington Post: Attorney for Michael Cohen backs away from confidence that Cohen has information about Trump’s knowledge on Russian
    Lanny Davis, a spokesman and attorney for Cohen, said in an interview this weekend that he is no longer certain about claims he made to reporters on background and on the record in recent weeks about what Cohen knows about Trump’s awareness of the Russian efforts.
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/attorney-for-michael-cohen-backs-away-from-confidence-that-cohen-has-information-about-trumps-knowledge-on-russian-efforts/2018/08/26/09d7f26e-a876-11e8-97ce-cc9042272f07_story.html


    AOL:

    Cohen's lawyer walks back major claim about Trump
    Davis told The Washington Post over the weekend that he "could not independently confirm" the claims he made on television last week that Cohen witnessed Trump's eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., telling his father about the Trump Tower meeting beforehand.

    "I take responsibility for not communicating more clearly my uncertainty," Davis said. "I regret the error."
    https://www.aol.com/article/news/2018/08/27/cohens-lawyer-walks-back-claim-trump-knew-of-russia-meeting/23510522/
  • @FactsMatters, Buzzfeed was the one who broke the Steele Dossier story which lead to the Democrats calling for a investigation into the 2016 election.

    Buzzfeed was credible in 2017 when it but now its not credible when it broke the story that cohens lawyer lied about having information on TRUMP russia tower meetings. Lol
  • Facts about FactsMatters up.
  • It true, like comparing a peanut to a potato, lol, no wonder why factual information is so lacking, the wasting of time and space in micsem make this site so unattractive any more. These so called brown ass micronesian wanna be american patriots don't know the truth from the lies, what is right and what is wrong, they all think they are being patriot by protecting the n commander in chief who happens to be one who hate their brown ass color ?, I mean, how stupid can they be anymore then that? what a bunch of Morons!!
  • Please orange monkey fire AG Sessions please do it!!!!!!!
  • Chinese hacked Hillary's server and stole all of her emails and killed 20 US spies in China. That Russian narrative just took another nose dive.

    Trump should have asked china to hacked her. Hahaha
  • @visafree, and there you are siding with the democRATs party who created the KKK and confederate States because of slavery. Trumps party freed the slaves while the democrats put them in chains. Trumps party gave the brown asses the right to vote while the democrats tried to withhold that.

    We Brown asses in the GOP are on the right side of history. You?
  • Truth always finds its way through all the liberal bull $h*ts.
  • Obstruction in the air.
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    @redsnapper
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