No, Barack Obama did NOT commit campaign finance violations similar to the ones Michael Cohen pleaded guilty to.

By |2018-08-23T11:17:13-08:00August 22nd, 2018|Categories: Front Page, News|Tags: , , , , , |14 Comments

Dumbest argument ever!

Courtesy of WaPo:

As might have been predicted, Trump railed against the Cohen assertions in tweets Wednesday morning. Specifically, the president lifted up an argument that he probably heard while watching “Fox and Friends.”

It’s a bit baffling that Trump would assert that criminal charges accepted by Cohen aren’t a crime. Perhaps he’s arguing that the alleged crimes didn’t occur or that prosecutors crafted their charges in a way to maximize Cohen’s exposure to legal risk. It’s not clear — but neither is true.

But let’s focus on the second part of Trump’s assertion, that Cohen’s charges and his actions fall into a big bucket of “campaign finance violations” that also includes violations that President Barack Obama was found to have committed. It’s a very Trumpian bit of whataboutism, waving away something severe that Trump or a Trump ally did by pointing out something minor that one of his political opponents did.

It’s certainly true that both Cohen’s admissions and the Obama campaign did things that were “campaign finance violations” in the same way that you’re lifting a candy bar from a convenience store as a kid and what Bernie Madoff did are both “stealing.” Which isn’t to say that the Obama campaign’s violations weren’t serious. It’s just to note that broad legal terms can cover a variety of actions.

So what did Obama do? Well, Obama didn’t do anything, really. His campaign — Obama For America — failed to report 1,300 contributions within 48 hours as required by law. It also received some campaign contributions that exceeded allowable limits from a donor for a campaign cycle and others that had incorrect dates. In total, the contributions at issue amounted to about $2 million, and the campaign paid $375,000 in fines.

So to be clear, Barack Obama did NOTHING wrong, and what his campaign DID do wrong was to fail to fill out paperwork correctly, or in a timely manner.

In the case of Michael Cohen what we see is that he facilitated an illegal contribution to a presidential campaign by a corporation after being directly told to do so by the candidate (Donald Trump), and then lied about it for months until forced to tell the truth under oath. 

This is not even apples and oranges. It is more like apples and boxes of TNT.

This is huge, and for Trump to even suggest that there is any correlation between what he and his fixer did and anything President Obama may have done is laugh out loud ridiculous. 

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  1. Anonymous August 22, 2018 at 4:13 pm

    It is has long been said that President Obama’s WHCD send up of “the donald” was when he decided to run in hopes of undoing everything Obama did.
    tRump is so thin-skinned, and continues to make one giant mess of everything he touches.
    I like your analogy, gryph, of apples to TNT.

  2. Anonymous August 22, 2018 at 4:48 pm

    “When A Scumbag Hires Scumbags: Trump, Manafort and Cohen, Oh My!” by William Rivers Pitt, truthout

    “… This is what happens when a scumbag hires scumbags and then becomes president. Donald Trump’s lifelong habit of working with and empowering moral sinkholes is finally coming back to eat his lunch. Put another way, this is what happens when you run a campaign, and then a country, like a business. Everyone is only out for themselves, and the rats all brought life vests and recording devices. …”

    “… There is an ethereal quality that comes with the day after a day like no other. Imagine the Saturday Night Massacre combined with the best Christmas morning of all time and you have August 21 encapsulated. Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus, and he just stuffed a crooked lobbyist and a shady Manhattan lawyer in your sock. …”

  3. Anonymous August 22, 2018 at 5:05 pm
    • Anonymous August 22, 2018 at 6:21 pm

      LOL, so now he is saying he made the payment, gosh I thought he didn’t even know these women 🙂 then we have My attorney made the payments lie 🙂

      Next he will be telling us the women were blackmailing him and his dog ate his homework.

      Too stupid to even get his lies straight.

      Bye Bye Donnie

      Now we have to find out what Mikey Pence’s role was in all this mess.

  4. Anonymous August 22, 2018 at 5:13 pm

    Fox News’ Conspiracy Narrative Crumbles As Their Own Poll Shows Surging Support For Mueller

    …According to the survey released Wednesday, nearly 60 percent of the country approves of Mueller’s ongoing criminal probe into Trump’s ties to Russia and potential obstruction of justice crimes.

    The numbers mark a stunning 11-point surge of support for Mueller’s probe. In July’s Fox News poll, a 48 percent plurality supported the investigation. In June, the approval of the special counsel inquiry stood at 55 percent. July’s 59 percent hits the highest point of support for Mueller to date.

    And there was no ambiguity in the line of questioning. The survey asked, “Do you approve or disapprove of Robert Mueller’s investigation of the Trump campaign’s ties with Russia and potential obstruction of justice charges against members of the Trump administration?”

    In short: The American people approve of the thorough investigation Mueller has conducted and continues to conduct. They don’t believe it’s a witch hunt. In fact, they are signaling that they want it to carry on until all the facts are uncovered.

    Rachel Maddow And Lawrence O’Donnell Just Became The Top Two Shows On Cable TV

    MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show and The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell were the most-watched shows on cable television on the day of Paul Manafort’s conviction and Michael Cohen’s plea deal.

    Here are the Neilson ratings as provided to PoliticusUSA by MSNBC:

    According to Nielsen data for Tuesday, August 21st, MSNBC’s “The Rachel Maddow Show” was the most-watched program across all cable TV.

    · For “Maddow,” Tuesday was the 2nd highest rated broadcast in total viewers in the show’s history.

    · “Maddow” ranked #1 in total viewers across all cable TV.

    · “Maddow” ranked #6 in total viewers across all broadcast TV.

    · “Maddow” ranked #5 in A25-54 across all cable TV.

    · “Maddow” won 9 pm in cable news across the board, beating FOX News and CNN in both A25-54 and total viewers.

    “The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell” was the #2 most-watched program across all cable TV, following “Maddow.”

    · “The Last Word” ranked #2 in total viewers across all cable TV.

    · “The Last Word” ranked #10 in total viewers across all broadcast TV.

    · “The Last Word” won 10 pm in cable news across the board, beating FOX News and CNN in both A25-54 and total viewers.

    A total of five MSNBC programs ranked in the Top 10 in total viewers across all cable:

    · “Maddow” #1

    · “The Last Word” #2

  5. Anonymous August 22, 2018 at 5:49 pm

    Sweating bullets or freaking stupid to try to bring President Obama into the mix. His advisers must be as clueless as third wife’s.

  6. Anonymous August 22, 2018 at 6:12 pm

    Payoff for hacked info or the mysterious connection with trump tower and alfa bank?

    Revealed: There’s another major bombshell buried in Michael Cohen’s felony charges

    ……But in addition to the payouts to the women, there was another large sum for which Cohen was later reimbursed, according to the court documents:

    The $50,000 represented a claimed payment for “tech services,” which in fact related to work COHEN had solicited from a technology company during and in connection with the campaign.

    The document gives no more information about this payment, but the language suggests investigators may know more details about it — including the technology company in question — that they have not yet revealed.

    …. But why would they use the same method to pay for a technology company’s services during the campaign? As long as the services were above board, this would be a legitimate campaign expense.

    CNBC notes that Cohen’s lawyer Lanny Davis has made intriguing remarks that may point to an answer. Cohen, Davis told MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow on Tuesday night, may have “knowledge about the computer crime of hacking and whether or not Mr. Trump knew ahead of time about that crime and even cheered it on.”

    If Cohen had participated in covering up Trump’s involvement in the hacking that disrupted the 2016 campaign, this fact would be explosive.

    Alternatively, the payment could relate to Cambridge Analytica, the data firm that Trump’s campaign employed that recently shuttered in the wake of a massive data breach scandal. However, that firm was hired on the books, so it’s not clear why an additional $50,000 payment would have been kept hidden.

  7. Anonymous August 22, 2018 at 6:17 pm

    It is always Obama’s fault is getting a little old and that defense isn’t going to work in a court of law.

    I am just staying patience and waiting to see who is next Donnie Jr, Jared?? and the grand finale will be the most corrupt president in the history of the world donald trump.

    I just hope the big take down comes after the midterms, so he can enjoy being responsible for the Democratic landslide across the country.

  8. Anonomous August 23, 2018 at 3:41 am

    False equivalences and projection are staples of the republicans.

  9. Anon August 23, 2018 at 6:15 am

    Seeing clips of Trump interviewed at the White House I observe what a smooth liar he is. Good luck to him in his court of public opinion. May justice be served in time.

  10. Anonymous August 24, 2018 at 8:39 pm

    And while we’re distracted the Republicans are going to destroy the pre-existing conditions part of Obamacare.

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